A nation-wide collaborative effort by the ACTRA National Women’s Committee, Reel Women Seen takes a comedic look at how women are underrepresented in all areas of screen-based media, most notably: as protagonists; behind the scenes in creative, writing and directorial roles; and in key technical roles.

While telling the stories of realities faced by women in the film and television industry, the film also shows solutions for change.

The talented crew and all-female cast include members of: ACTRA; IATSE locals 873, 891, 669 and 667; DGC BC; DGC ON; WGC; NABET; Screen Composers Guild of Canada; and Teamsters.


Valerie Sing Turner

Carmen Moore

Kristin Lehman

Jennifer Podemski

Rosemary Dunsmore

Krystal Hope Nausbaum
“Teen Daughter”

Saara Chaudry
“Young Daugther“

Gabrielle Rose
“Dr. Old”

Veena Sood

Jodelle Ferland
“Dr. Young”

Rukiya Bernard
“Dr. Minority”

Heather Allin

Jajube Mandiela

Samantha Wan

Amanda Joy

Ellen David
“1st Assistant Director”

Cary Lawrence

Karen Robinson

Tommie Amber Pirie
“Director of Photography”


Directed By
Amanda Tapping

Written By
Elvira Kurt

Produced By
Heather Allin

Director of Photography
Kim Derko, C.S.C.

Edited By
Lara Mazur, CCE

Original Score By
Janal Bechthold

Diana Magnus
Production Designer

Cary Lawrence
Associate Producer

Catherine Lough Haggquist
Associate Producer

Farah Merani
Associate Producer

Freya Ravensbergen
Associate Producer

Jodi Sadowsky
Associate Producer

Christine Willes
Associate Producer

Daintry Dalton (ACTRA)
Associate Producer

Maura G.C. Ferrand
Production Manager & Line Producer (Toronto)

Patti Poskitt
Production Manager & Line Producer (Vancouver)

Denise Lee Hutchinson
Post Production Supervisor

Claire Dobson
Sound Editor

Dondrea Erauw
Music Supervisor

Julia Niendorf
DI Post Project Manager


Christina Kasperczyk
Camera Operator

Tammy Jones
Camera Operator

Sylvaine Dufaux
Camera Operator

Kerri Coombs

Maya Nadine Chang
Key Grip

Sarah Beck
Best Boy Electric

Randi Lee Reilly
Best Boy Grip

This short film would not have been possible without the hard work of a large team of dedicated people. For the full list of everyone who helped make this film, visit imdb.com.


The following materials are available for download:
News releases: Launch; Awards (see below)
Film poster: PDF / Image (low-res)
Cast/Crew interviews



Are you interested in organizing a screening of Reel Women Seen for your union or guild? Please feel free to stream the video directly from ACTRA’s YouTube channel. If you are unable to stream the video and require the video file, please contact Heather Allin or Daintry Dalton to be provided with a copy of the film.


Reel Women Seen has been screened at festivals around the world. Click here to see where.

2020 SEOUL International Women's Film Festival

Seoul, South Korea

2019 Artemis Women in Action Film Festival
Santa Monica, CA

Immaginaria 2019 International Film Festival
Rome, Italy

2019 Printemps lesbien de Toulouse
Toulouse, France

2019 FutureFemme Fest

2018 Sydney Lift-Off Film Festival
Sydney, Australia

2018 Imagine This Women’s
International Film Festival
Brooklyn, NY

2018 Paris International Lesbian & Feminist Film Festival
Paris, France

2018 Richard Harris International Film Festival
Limerick, Ireland

2018 Paris Lift-Off Film Festival
Paris, France

2018 VisuElles Film Festival
Ottawa, ON

2018 Film Festival for Women’s Rights
Seoul, South Korea

2018 Toronto Independent
Film Festival
Toronto, ON

2018 Short Cut Festival
Inđija, Serbia

2018 Canadian Diversity Film Festival
Toronto, ON

2018 Diversity in Cannes Film Festival
Cannes, France

2018 Women’s International Film & Arts Festival
New York, NY

2018 Vancouver International Women In Film Festival
Vancouver, BC

2018 Transitions Film Festival
Melbourne, Australia

2018 Elles Tournent: International Women’s Film Festival
Brussels, Belgium

2017 Open World Toronto Film Festival
Toronto, ON

2017 St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival
St. John’s, NL

2017 Vancouver International Film Festival
Vancouver, BC

2017 Calgary International Film Festival
Calgary, AB

2017 Edmonton International Film Festival
Edmonton, AB

2017 China Women’s Film Festival
Beijing, China

2017 Regina International Film Festival
Regina, SK

2017 Female Eye Film Festival
Toronto, ON

2017 Yorkton Film Festival
Yorkton, SK

2017 MayWorks Festival
Halifax, NS


A special thanks for our sponsors:








Heather Allin

Catherine Lough Haggquist

Jina Johnston

Lara Mazur

Douglas Newell

Patti Poskitt

Gabrielle Rose

Jodi Sadowsky

Amanda Tapping

Christine Willes

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