Archive for the ‘Awards’ Category

A Good Way to Start…

October 20th, 2014

It’s been a whirlwind few weeks.

Thank you to our Vancouver home town for a grand welcome: I received the BC Emerging filmmaker award sponsored by UBCP/ACTRA and WFW and then came home for closing night to get the WIFTV Artistic Merit Award. The juries for both awards were incredibly gracious in their comments and I’ll take this forward as encouragement on the next one!

Also, thank you to Busan International Film Festival. I love traveling for work and to be sent to the other side of the world with a nomination for one’s movie is pretty dreamy. The film festival there is top-notch and absolutely worth the jet-lag. The people in South Korea were so kind and generous – thank you Dosin Pak and Ji-in. Makes me want to do a film every year just to come back!

And now, back to work, and grateful to have projects to come home to. This writing and filming and editing stuff is so essential to my day to day. It keeps me grounded and curious…

Today is Marlene’s Day

October 1st, 2014

I’m up late writing on a little project and thinking about Marlene’s debut this evening. As much as I’m ready for it, I’m nervous and excited and all of those things that happen when our blood and guts are strewn out for public display.

We are up for Best Canadian Feature, Best BC Film and BC Emerging Director. Saturday I am off to the Busan International Film Festival as we are nominated in the Flash Forward program.

It’s been a wild ride.

Here we are: Amber, Dakota, Paloma and I at the VIFF Opening Gala. Tonight, Wednesday, October 1 will be the first screening for us all; cast & crew, family & friends and VIFF audiences. Suzanne is shooting another feature and has sent a lovely note that she will be with us in spirit. And does Marlene have a spirit!

Must get back to writing and get a nap in before the sun rises. It’s a magical time….

Yeeeeehaa!! Who doesn’t love trophies?

June 6th, 2014

Last weekend was full of wonderful Leo Award surprises. We (Grant Pearse) got a Leo for Production Design and then I got one on the gala night for Best Direction of a Feature Film. The lovely Paloma Kwiatkowski took a break from filming in Los Angeles to come up for her nomination as well. I could get used party frocks and red carpets. Thanks for all the support over the years!

directing leored carpet w Paloma

Leo Nominations

April 27th, 2014

Well, it’s exciting…

“Sitting on the Edge of Marlene” has been nominated for 7 Leo Awards (the BC film awards):
Best Feature, Direction, Screenwriting, Picture Edit, Sound Edit, Production Design and Female Lead.

Wow. We’re just submitting for festivals now so this is encouraging news.

WIFTV and Whistler Film Festival Film Market Preparation Mentorship

October 19th, 2012

“Sitting on the Edge of Marlene”
has been chosen to go to the Whistler Film Festival for market preparation. We will have pre-festival mentorship with producer Mary Anne Waterhouse (Quadrant Motion Pictures) and festival support with Angie Nolan (Whistler Film Festival Society) and Rachelle Chartrand (Women in Film and Television Vancouver).

Screenplay Award at FeFF

July 13th, 2012

“Sitting on the Edge of Marlene” had a nice table read at Toronto’s Female Eye Film Fest bringing home the Best Screenplay Award. Many thanks to Leslie Ann Coles, Mark Sanders and the staff and volunteers for another great festival.

Also awarded were: Alanis Obomsawin (Tribute), Barbara Willis Sweete (Honorary Director) and Carol Whiteman (Honorary Maverick).










WIF-T Kodak Award

January 2nd, 2012

Wow. A glamorous day indeed. The WIFT-T Crystal Awards on December 5th. I was presented with the generous WIFT-T Kodak New Vision Mentorship Award which includes business guidance from Laurie May of Alliance and creative guidance from Deepa Mehta. Film stock for Marlene!!!!!! Yay! It’s a rare opportunity to shoot on film these days.



A Marvelous Mentor and More…

November 4th, 2011

Things have been moving along here. A couple of announcements:

After a beautiful train trip to Montreal for lunch, Denys Arcand is on board as Mentor for my first feature, Sitting on the Edge of Marlene. We (Amber Ripley and I) are currently in development with Telefilm funding; sponsorship from William F White, Panavision, North Shore Studios, Bridge Studios, Deluxe Vancouver, Post Modern Sound, Creative Women’s Workshops Assn (Women In the Director’s Chair Feature Film Award); and sponsorship from Kodak (WIFT-T Kodak New Vision Mentorship Award). It’s amazing to have all the support.

Will be attending the much-hailed Women In the Director’s Chair Banff Workshops in November and January. Really looking forward to that – everyone I know who has participated talks about how much it has transformed their approach to directing.

And…one of the five directors shortlisted to pitch at the Whistler Film Festival Dec 3 for the MPPIA Short Film Award, which has in-kind sponsorship of $100,000 as well as cash. Rachelle Chartrand has written a twisted little short, Happiless, that could be fun.

That’s all for now…stay tuned for more adventures.

WIDC Award for “Sitting on the Edge of Marlene”

April 18th, 2011

Ana Valine has won the Women In The Director’s Chair Feature Film Award, valued at $120,000 in kind towards production of her first feature film, “Sitting on the Edge of Marlene”. Valine wrote the screenplay (which is based on Billie Livingston’s novella) and will direct.


Eunice Wins at Women in Film Festival

April 15th, 2011

“How Eunice Got Her Baby” was awarded the 1st place Legacy Award at the Women in Film Festival in Vancouver in March.

The cash award is generously sponsored by Deboragh Gabler of Legacy Filmworks, Vancouver.