To mark International Women’s Day, we invite you to a panel discussion moderated by Annie Gérin, dean of Concordia’s Faculty of Fine Arts, on women in cinema with Concordia filmmakers.
Carol Nguyen, BFA 20, winner of the 2020 SXSW Jury Prize for Short Documentary
Wiebke von Carolsfeld, winner of Best Canadian First Feature Film at the 2002 Toronto International Film Festival
Annie Ilkow, BA 88, BFA 90, editor: The Detectives, Ghosts
Flora Nwakobi, Concordia student, current film project: Don’t Forget the Co(tt)on
Carol Nguyen, BFA 20
Carol Nguyen is a Vietnamese Canadian filmmaker, born and raised in Toronto, now based in Montreal.
Her films often explore the subjects of cultural identity, family and memory. Her most recent film “No Crying at the Dinner Table” premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and had its international premiere at IDFA 2019, where she was additionally invited as the Opening Night speaker. In 2020, “No Crying” also received the Jury Prize for Short Documentary at SXSW.
Carol is a 2018 Sundance Ignite fellow, Adobe Creativity Scholar and a TIFF Share Her Journey ambassador, where she strives to empower diverse voices and women through her own stories and personal experiences in the film industry.
Today, Carol is working towards developing her first documentary feature as well as an animated short.
Wiebke von Carolsfeld
Professor, Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema
Montréal-based Wiebke von Carolsfeld is an award-winning writer and filmmaker who has directed three critically acclaimed feature films: Marion Bridge (starring Molly Parker, introducing Elliot Page), STAY (a Canadian/Irish coproduction starring Taylor Schilling, Aidan Quinn and Barry Keoghan) and The Saver (winner of the Best Actress Award at the AIFF).
Her films have played at festivals around the world (TIFF, Rotterdam (competition), Karlovy Vary, Sydney, Pusan, Goteborg etc), winning many awards including Best First Canadian Feature at TIFF, and inclusion in Canada’s Top Ten.
Claremont, her first novel, was published both in Canada and in Germany and has been optioned for a limited television series by Jeremy Podeswa. Wiebke has taught internationally classes on screenwriting, filmmaking as well as the creative process. Currently, she is in development on her new feature, Someone’s Daughter, produced by Prospector Films.
Annie Ilkow, BA 88, BFA 90
Annie Ilkow is a film editor based in Montreal. After earning her BFA at Concordia, she went on to do an MFA at the University of East Anglia, UK.
Annie's most recent work includes the hit comedy Ghosts (for CBS)and the award-winning Canadian series Transplant (for CTV/NBC), about to start filming its 3rd season. She also has a non-creepy obsession with surfing videos.
Concordia film student
Flora Nwakobi (they/them) is a 20-year old filmmaker/director/artist from Tkarón:to (Toronto) currently studying Film Production at Concordia.
Featured in media outlets Toronto Star and Beach Metro, their high school short film “Bad Influence” premiered at the 2020 Toronto Short Film Festival. They are currently working on their next Short Film “Don’t Forget The Co(tt)on”
Annie Gérin, PhD
Dean, Concordia's Faculty of Fine Arts
Annie Gérin holds a PhD in the History of Art and Cultural Studies from the University of Leeds, a Master of Art History from York University and a BA in art history from the Université de Montréal. An accomplished administrator, Gérin has held many roles at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM): she served as the interim dean of the Faculté des arts (2019-2020); was the Faculty’s associate dean, research and research-creation from 2018 to 2019 and was chair of the Département d’histoire de l’art from 2013 to 2016. She was also a faculty member in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Regina (2000-2004), and in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Ottawa from 2004 to 2006.
Fluent in English, French and Russian, Gérin has published extensively and is well known for her research in Canadian and Soviet art in the 20th and 21st centuries, with a special interest in visual satire, cultural policy, public art and community based practices.