TORONTO, August 8, 2016—Women in Film & Television – Toronto (WIFT-T) is pleased to announce producer/director/writer Nadine Valcin as the recipient of the 2016 WIFT-T DGC Ontario Director Mentorship. The mentorship provides one emerging Canadian female director with a two-tiered approach to enriching both their business and creative acumen.

“Fueling and supporting female voices is an essential part of our mandate at WIFT-T and this flagship mentorship is an outstanding catalyst for success,” said Heather Webb, WIFT-T Executive Director. “WIFT-T is thrilled to offer this unique mentorship and we are extremely grateful to our partner, DGC Ontario, for helping us make this opportunity available to our members.”

“DGC Ontario is, once again, proud to be a part of the WIFT-T director mentorship program.  We are dedicated to generating opportunity for creators and aiding them in pursuing their goals in the screen-based industry,” stated Bill Skolnik, CEO & Executive Director, DGC Ontario. “We were greatly impressed with the caliber of applicants this year and look forward to following Nadine’s career and to a continued partnership with WIFT-T.”

The first portion of the DGC Ontario Director Mentorship focuses on business training and guidance through one-on-one mentoring sessions with this year’s business mentor Christina Kubacki – Director of Acquisitions at Entertainment One Films Canada. The second phase of the mentorship will pair Nadine Valcin with DGC Ontario Director member and 2008 WIFT-T DGC Ontario Mentorship recipient, Dawn Wilkinson, who will guide her through various creative approaches.  As the recipient of this mentorship, Nadine Valcin also receives a complimentary 2016 TIFF Industry pass.

The DGC Ontario Director Mentorship is a highly competitive and coveted opportunity. Nadine has shown perseverance and versatility in her work, creating a range of documentary and narrative films in both French and English.  Her credits include her short film In Between and the NFB documentary Black Bold and Beautiful.

“I am looking forward to the DGC Ontario Mentorship and working with two very prominent and successful women in the industry,” said Nadine Valcin.  “This very focused and personalized one-on-one opportunity is the perfect fit at this stage in my career as I transition from documentary and factual production to drama. The insights and strategies I acquire in the process will greatly assist me in making that important career leap. The success of past alumna is a testimony to the relevance and strength of this initiative and I am excited to partake in it.”

Nadine Valcin is an award winning bilingual producer, writer and director.  She has directed four documentary projects for the National Film Board of Canada, including the critically acclaimed Black, Bold and Beautiful and Une école sans frontières (A School without Boarders).  Most recently, she has written and directed three short dramatic films and is developing two feature films.  Terre d’asile (in French) and My Own Angel (in English).  Nadine has been awarded numerous grants and prizes including the prestigious Chalmers Arts Fellowship and a Drama Prize from the National Screen Institute for the short film In Between.  She holds a professional degree in architecture from McGill University and is an alumnus of Doc Lab, the Women in the Director’s Chair, and the National Screen Institute.  She was an artist-in-residence at Osgoode Hall Law School at York University for the 2015-2016 academic year.  www.rebelsandmisfitsmedia.com