Lillian Gish: Mama with a Shotgun
Before she packed heat in The Night of the Hunter, the screen legend helped give birth to the movies as we know them
Forever "The Girl from God's Country"
Nell Shipman gave Canadian cinema its first action heroine, movie mogul — and nude scene
From Musidora to Maggie Cheung: Celebrating a century of Irma Vep
The legacy of French film’s first screen supervillainess
Sifting through TIFF’s cache of correspondence from legendary silent-screen siren Louise Brooks
The Passion of Dorothy Arzner
Classic Hollywood's leading female director was also a fiery feminist and queer pioneer
When Lois Met Anna
The silent epic The Dumb Girl of Portici put a dance legend on screen for the first and only time — and brought together two of the greatest female artists of the era
The Ladies of Lloyd
Celebrating the three actresses who helped shape silent comedy’s “third genius”
Canadian producer Erika Olde is making waves for women in Hollywood
The producer behind TIFF '17's Woman Walks Ahead talks about carving out a career by being unapologetically yourself
Women in the director's chair at TIFF '17
The Future is Female-identified
How Do You Define Yourself?
Ann Marie Fleming fulfilled her dream of writing and animating feature films by telling stories about her family
There is no “male" or “female” when it comes to making a good movie
Filmmaker Omoni Oboli shares how she put Nigerian cinema on the map
TIFF Long Take - Ep. 24: The Biggest Challenges Facing Emerging Filmmakers
How does the next generation get their films made?
What Can Straight White Guys Do to Help Women in Film?
The female filmmakers of the Canadian Screen Awards share some constructive advice
Deepa Mehta Shares Her Journey in Film (Death Threats Included)
The acclaimed filmmaker details why women must make films and live life on their own terms
Meet Carol Nguyen
The 19-year-old wunderkind has won Jump Cuts three times
A Mandate to Change
Jennifer Baichwal on the film industry's gender imbalance
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Home Again, Woman Walks Ahead, November Criminals, The Female Brain, A Tale of Love and Darkness
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Transparent, Afternoon Delight, Six Feet Under
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Everything Everything, Jean of the Joneses, Recovering Undercover Over Lover
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Facade, Every Grain of Rice, This Home is Not Empty, How Do You Pronounce Pho?, Uprooted
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