Toronto ACTRA Women’s Committee (TAWC)
Note: Where the word female or woman is used throughout TAWC communications, this includes cisgender women, transgender women, women-identified, gender non-conforming women and others who identify themselves within the spectrum of the gender identity of a woman that may be fixed or fluid.
Invitation to our Monthly TAWC Meetings:
All ACTRA members are welcome to attend and share at our meetings and join subcommittees. No need to RSVP – just come! Current meeting dates can be found on the TAWC ACTRA Toronto Womens Committee Facebook Page.
TAWC Toolkit Filmmaker Series
The Toolkit Filmmaker Series is an initiative to “Get Women Working” both in front of and behind the camera. Our aim is to encourage, inspire and support the involvement and advancement of women of all diversities within our industry.
The Short Film Creation Lab is open to ACTRA Toronto members who identify as women and are either emerging as artists or looking to add to their skill sets. A selected writer-director-producer team will be mentored by experienced and respected industry professionals who will help them create a short film.
The Content Development Sessions is a series of panels and workshops led by industry professionals. These sessions are geared toward ACTRA Toronto members who wish to learn how to produce, write, direct and shoot their own work.
Check out the regularly updated TAWC Facebook Page for more information.
TAWC (Toronto Actra Women’s Committee) is proud to introduce a series of ‘TAWC-kies’, or short interviews that celebrate inspiring females who have made and who are making an impact on our industry. Please visit our youtube channel to watch and share!
Suggestions for who to interview next? Want to help us produce these? Email us!
Nell Shipman Gala
The Nell Shipman Award, honours a female producer, writer or showrunner who has forwarded gender equity in the industry both in front of and behind the camera. This award is presented at TAWC’s yearly, invite only, Gala taking place in the Spring. Questions? Please email us!
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TAWC Committee Co-Chairs
Joanna Swan “Story telling is how we connect with each other through time and space. Our stories are our legacy. We have long relied upon storytelling to help educate our young. When women, who are 50% of the population, are underrepresented and misrepresented, in our various storytelling media, we are speaking volumes about what we perceive women’s value to be. We are missing an essential connection and we are educating our young to do the same. TAWC is working to balance out this inequity in order to enrich all people’s lives. When we see ourselves in our stories, we feel seen and heard and valued. TAWC wants to encourage and support all aspects of our industry, whether it be in front or behind the camera, to tell stories that reflect our diverse selves.”
Tee Schneider “Studies have shown conclusively that in order to achieve gender parity and true representation in our industry, we need a top down approach that includes women of all diversities in key creative and leadership roles. When women are in charge, they hire women. Recorded media contextualizes and even shapes our world view. Recorded media teaches our children about what to value, how to feel about themselves and how to treat other people. As storytellers and adults in our society we share a responsibility to tell great stories that build a purposeful and responsible narrative for all. Representation is key to achieving that ideal and TAWC’s mission was created to that end. A mission I am proud to support.”