Calgary filmmaker Gillian McKercher was one of three production winners in the 2017 Project Lab awards. Her film, Circle of Steel, premiered this year at the Calgary International Film Festival (CIFF).

Growing up in the Oil & Gas sector (both her parents were geologists), Circle of Steel is the satirical and semi-autobiographical story McKercher wrote and directed, that follows a young, female engineer who enters the workforce in a multinational oil company.

Circle of Steel was voted as Audience Favourite for an Alberta Feature at this year's festival.

Project Lab supports Alberta’s emerging filmmakers by providing them with grants to launch their project into the global marketplace. Supported by the Government of Alberta, Project Lab offers support in the areas of finance, venue, mentorship and equipment services, along with in-kind resources. The program engages seasoned Alberta producers, storytellers and others who will use their skills to train and mentor the new generation of talent.

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