WIFTV From Our Dark Side Contest Announces Five Selected Projects

Women in Film and Television Vancouver’s From Our Dark Side contest is proud to announce the five selected projects of its seventh annual competition.

“These five projects indicate an incredibly strong future for Canadian womxn working in genre from coast to coast,” says Lindsay Peters, From Our Dark Side Program Director. “With the program’s new focus on the advanced development stage, we’re so excited to work with these amazingly innovative teams as they progress to the financing and production stages.”

The selected projects receive an honorarium as well as a three-month advanced incubator program. A highlight of the program is full accreditation to the Frontières International Genre Co-Production Market in Montreal. A long-time partner and supporter of From our Dark Side, Frontières provides an exclusive forum for the winners to pitch their projects to national and international industry professionals.

Prior to pitching at Frontières, the winners attend the 2021 Vancouver International Women in Film Festival in March (virtual) where they will receive support from industry consultants including pitching coach Jan Miller and digital marketing strategist Annelise Larson.

This year’s projects reflect a broad range of diverse creators, regions and stories.


THE APARTMENT (Nova Scotia) Director: TBD Writer: Sarah Gignac Producer: Becky Parsons (No Fear Films) Executive Producer: Terry Greenlaw (Picture Plant)

DARK WOODS (Alberta) Director/Writer: Berkley Brady Producers: Michael Peterson (Peterson Polaris Corp), Berkeley Brady (Nika Productions)

MID LIFE (Ontario) Director/Writer: Alyson Richards Producers: Lauren Grant (Clique Pictures), Alyson Richards (Alyson Richards Productions)

RED WINGS (British Columbia) Director: Kate Kroll 
 Writer: Dana Hammer 
 Producers: Rhiannon Aarons, Kate Kroll, Maximum Absorbency Productions Inc.

TRANSVENGEANCE (Quebec) Director/Writer: Kaye Adelaide 
 Producers: Patricia Gomez Zlatar (Head on the Door Productions Inc), Mariel Sharp (True Sweetheart Films)

“The From Our Dark Side contest changed its focus this year from developing genre film concepts to supporting completed screenplays and filmmaking teams including director, writer and producer and required the director and writer to be womxn,” says Peggy Thompson, WIFTV Board Member and one of the Program Producers. “The quality of the projects was incredible. Thank you to my fellow jury members, Lindsay Peters and Producers Maureen Levitt and Rupert Harvey.”