Whistler Film Fest Lineup Features Record Number of Films Directed by Women

Ingrid Veninger’s “Porcupine Lake” is screening at the fest

This year’s edition of the Whistler Film Festival (Wff) is setting an important record — the 2017 lineup features the highest number of films directed by women in the fest’s history. According to a press release, the fest is “pleased to screen 14 feature films and 16 short films directed by women, which makes up 30 percent of this year’s film programming.”

While far from the ideal 50 percent benchmark, the fest recognizes there’s work to be done, and will be hosting its second annual Women on Top Keynote and Breakfast. Producer and co-founder of Resonate Entertainment Susan Cartsonis will deliver this year’s keynote address. “It’s not unreasonable to expect that women should be 50 percent of those creating content, considering more than 50 percent of us are consuming the content,” said Cartsonis, whose credits include “What Women Want,” “The Duff,” and “Carrie Pilby.

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