The Cinematic Poetry of Nettie Wild
Join us for a special screening and full day workshop with award winning director, Nettie Wild.  

One of Canada’s leading documentary filmmakers, she will explore the pursuit of cinematic poetry in real life -- and how to break through the rhetoric of our controversial times.  She will reveal how she seeks to embrace the abstract by framing the familiar in an unfamiliar way.  Be sure to attend this exploration of how to surprise yourself as an artist – and your audience.

February 23
SCREENING:  KONELINE:our land beautiful (96 mins)  

KONELINE: our land beautiful is a cinematic poem set in the middle of a controversy ripping up one of the last remaining wildernesses in this country.

10am @ Landmark Cinemas 16 Country Hills 
300-388 Country Hills Blvd NE , Calgary, Alberta

Nettie will be in attendance.

The workshop will follow  the next day:
Sunday February 24 
10 - 5pm 
At the Commons, The Parlour Room
1206 20 Ave SE, Calgary

Nettie will be referencing KONELINE:our land beautiful, as well as screening UNINTERRUPTED.  You are encouraged to see KONELINE to get the most out of the workshop.

UNINTERRUPTED was a cinematic spectacle which projected images of the Pacific salmon migration onto Vancouver’s Cambie street bridge.   This will be screened as part of the workshop.

A light Lunch will be provided. 

Join this exploration of the exhilarating and terrifying world of taking creative risks – of the necessity of not knowing where that journey will take you.  Bring your own ideas – and your fears – and share them with Nettie and all of us.  Twist your head.  Enjoy the ride. 

The work of Nettie Wild

Workshops, Mentorship & Networking

Herland is a Video Production & Mentorship Program which will allows women an opportunity to explore their creative vision with the goal of making a personal short film.  These women will acquire skills and experience in the art of filmmaking as they progress through the filmmaker’s journey. The goal is to put the power of image-making and storytelling into the hands of local, diverse women with limited access and/or experience, and to foster a spirit of collaboration in safe and open environment.  This project builds community, develops skills, provides training while encouraging the continuation of sharing their unique stories though video-making. Preference will be given to women of diversity.

Herland's goal is simple: bring stories by and about women to a larger audience.

Herland's History
From festival to mentorship


The Herland Feminist Film Festival was established in 1989 in Calgary when the Status of Women Action Committee joined with the Women of Colour Collective to host a film-focused fundraiser. Building up audiences through the years, the festival peaked in 2003-2004 with an audience of 1,700. The festival was cancelled in 2007 after its funding from the Canada Council was decreased and also because of the growth of other local film festivals. In its time, the festival provided a venue for films that covered a range of feminist topics not typically seen in the mainstream. Herland was reborn in 2015 as a video production & mentorship program, with a generous grant from Telus Optik. Led by Sandi Somers of Spring Street Films, Herland found a new home at CSIF, with access to gear, workshop space, editing suites, and screening opportunities. In 2015, the cohort consisted of seven emerging women in film, and all  seven films  were screened at Theatre Junction Grand and on the Telus Optik Network. A second cohort was established in 2016, supporting 5 women at the intermediate level of filmmaking. Funded by Canada Council for the Arts, Spring Street Films and Sandi Somers once again partnered with CSIF, with screenings of all five projects in October of 2016 at Theatre Junction Grand.   Herland’s third cohort was formed in late 2016, again funded by Telus Optik, and seven diverse women saw their first film projects completed and screened in May 2017 at Theatre Junction Grand and on the Telus Optik  Network.

We gratefully acknowledge the support of CSIF, Spring Street Films, Storyhive, Canada Council for the Arts and The I.A.T.S.E. 212 Women's Committee  

Big thanks to....
I.A.T.S.E. 212 Women's Committee who raised $6800 for Herland
On April 16, 2018 Herland was presented with a cheque from I.A.T.S.E.'s Women's Committee!   This money helps Herland bring more programs, workshops and opportunities to women in film. 
From L to R: Damian Petti, Karen Crocker, Sandi Somers,  Rose Gurevitch, Tina Alford, Myrtle Fisher 
and Madison Farwell.