Women in the Director’s Chair

Women In the Director’s Chair (WIDC) is a one-of-a-kind professional development program specially designed to advance the leadership, creative skills, and screen projects of mid-career women directors through mentoring with senior professionals including ACTRA actors and DGC & IATSE crews, hands-on practical experience, production awards and fellowships.  Since its inception in 1997 more than 250 Canadian women directors attended WIDC programs and have gone on to direct thousands of hours of award-winning screen entertainment including 60 feature films.  WIDC alumnae directors have also created 6 network television series, and received over 100 screen industry awards and nominations this year alone.

What are they looking for?

WIDC is eager to find female identified creators who have fiction stories to tell, looking for opportunities to develop their projects, careers. We are also looking for producers, actors and crew who want to collaborate on women-led projects.


Carol Whiteman


Best known as co-creator and producer of the internationally respected Women In the Director’s Chair (WIDC) program, Carol Whiteman is a two-time Governor General’s award nominee and multiple award-winner for promoting gender equity in Canada’s screen industry. Through the WIDC Feature Film Award she is executive producer on seven feature films including Rustic Oracle (dir. Sonia Bonspille Boileau), Red Snow (dir. Marie Clements), Queen of the Morning Calm (dir. Gloria Ui Young Kim), as well as multiple award-winning Never Steady, Never Still (dir. Kathleen Hepburn), Suck It Up (dir. Jordan Canning), The Birdwatcher (dir. Siobhan Devine), and Lucille’s Ball (dir. Lulu Keating). She also supported the production and completion of Amazon Falls (dir. Katrin Bowen) and Sitting on the Edge of Marlene (dir. Ana Valine). www.widc.ca | Twitter: @WIDC_ca