Toronto, ON – The Canadian Academy today announced applications will be now be accepted for the Apprenticeship for Women Directors and will close on Friday June 23, 2017 at 11:59pm. The program, originally announced on March 8, 2017, is generously sponsored by the Canada Media Fund (CMF) and the RBC Emerging Artists Project. Interested applicants can visit for more information on how to apply.
An Advisory Committee comprised of a distinguished and diverse group of Executives, Directors and Producers will choose six women from across Canada to participate in the program.  The committee members are (alphabetically by last name): Norma Bailey (DGC), Tracey Deer (Women In View), Barbara Dolan (Morag Loves Company), Christine Haebler (Screen Siren), Kim McCraw (Microscope), Ana Serrano (CFC), Sudz Sutherland (Hungry Eyes), and Heather Webb (WIFT-T).
“As soon as we made the announcement about the Apprenticeship program in March, the response was overwhelming,” said Beth Janson, CEO of the Canadian Academy. “It indicated to us without a doubt that there is a thirst for programs that are bringing more talented women to the table and giving them the space to call the shots.”
 “I’m delighted by the overwhelming interest in the Apprenticeship program for Women Directors. I encourage all women who are thinking about embarking on this career path to apply,” stated Valerie Creighton, President and CEO, CMF. “I’m certain this and other initiatives being implemented by organizations across our industry will trigger new opportunities for the talented women who to choose to become directors. Initiatives such as this one are part of the CMF’s broader strategy to increase gender balance in Canada’s screen-based industries.”
The six recipients will be announced on September 6, 2017 at the Canadian Filmmakers Party hosted by The Canadian Academy during TIFF.
The Canadian Academy shared a blog post regarding today’s announcement through their inaugural monthly newsletter.

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