What a weekend.

It’s a wrap for Women Making Waves 2014!

Thank you to everyone who attended: delegates, special guests, sponsors, members, volunteers, friends and new friends… it was such a pleasure planning and bringing this event to life for you.

From our packed opening reception with Swingology, to workshops, panels, conversations, a screening, receptions, another incredible Indian dinner and everything in between, Women Making Waves continues to be THE event for engagement and inspiration in Halifax.

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Until next year.

PS. Tune in to BOMB GIRLS: FACING THE ENEMY this Thursday, March 27th on Global!

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Meet the WMW Players

Caitlin Burns

As a Transmedia Producer, Caitlin Burns creates and influences international intellectual properties, brands and social outreach campaigns. With Starlight Runner where she is Executive Editor as well as a Transmedia Producer, she has worked on properties including: Pirates of the Caribbean, Fairies, and Tron Legacy for Disney, James Cameron’s Avatar for Fox, Halo for Microsoft, and Transformers for Hasbro.

She’s kind of a big deal…


Shelley Cook

Looking to learn more about stunt performers and coordination? Why not learn from the best?

With over 200 film and TV credits, Shelley Cook is one of the most experienced, respected and well-connected stunt co-ordinators in the business. When specialized teams need to be assembled for complex and extraordinary stunts, Shelley’s extensive experience can put the right people in the right place at the right time.


Jennifer Fox’s accomplishments in filmmaking are beyond impressive. She has won Best Documentary Film and Best Cinematography from the Sundance Film Festival, and a Gracie Award for Best Television Series for American Love Story.
Fox and her My Reincarnation team raised a record-breaking $150,000 on Kickstarter, the most ever for a campaign for a finished film and the second highest ever raised for a documentary.

Want to know how she did it? Well, she will share all of her secrets (most…) at Women Making Waves!



Science Fiction and Fantasy television has always been at forefront of casting women in lead roles, but in recent years the number of female led shows that delve into the freaky and strange has exploded. From the locally shot Haven and its lead Audrey Parker, to the sexy world of a succubus in Lost Girl, to the story of the world’s only female werewolf… women in sci-fi are hot!

So get ready to geek out… Women Making Waves will feature showrunners Daegan Fryklind, Emily Andras, and Shawn Piller who will talk all things ladies in sci-fi.



Most of us have had the pleasure of attending a songwriter’s circle, hearing our favorite tunes and learning how our favorite artist’s were inspired to write them. Well, how many of us can say that we have been to a screenwriter’s circle? Probably less. And how many of us can say we have been to a screenwriter’s circle featuring award-winning filmmaker Ruba Nadda? None. For now!

Learn more about these talented screenwriters showcased and make sure you don’t miss this once in a lifetime event!

Ruba Nadda was born in Montreal and studied English Literature at York University before taking a six-week course in film production at New York University Tisch School of the Arts. She made several award winning short films, including Lost Woman Story, Do Nothing, Interstate Love story, Wet heat drifts through the afternoon, So Far Gone, Damascus Nights, I would suffer cold hands for you, Black September, Laila, Slut, and Aadan before writing and directing the features Sabah, Cairo Time, which earned Best Canadian Feature Film at Toronto International Film Festival and Rotten Tomatoes best reviewed film (Romance) of 2010, and Inescapable. She is now gearing up with producers Danny Iron and Christine Vachon to shoot her next movie, October Gale starring Patricia Clarkson.

Deanne Foley is an award-winning filmmaker who made her mark with award-winning comedic shorts,Trombone Trouble and The Magnificent Molly McBride. Her debut feature, Beat Down, garnered three Canadian Comedy Award nominations including Best Direction and won five awards at domestic and international film festivals including Best Debut Award at the Female Eye Film Festival in Toronto and Best Narrative Feature at the Portland Oregon’s Women Film Festival. Currently, Deanne is in post-production on her sophomore feature, Relative Happiness, a romantic comedy, based on the best-selling novel by Cape Breton writer, Lesley Crewe. She is also developing several feature films with writing partner, Iain MacLeod, including I Hate Rich Kids and an adaption of Lesley Crewe’s Shoot Me.

Louise Lalonde is a screenwriter and digital media producer. She has written, directed, and produced several short films and is currently working toward producing feature films. She runs an annual series of workshops, the PEI Screenwriters’ Bootcamp, and has recently begun producing audio books by Atlantic Canadian authors.


Melissa Silverstein is a writer and speaker with an extensive expertise in the area of women and Hollywood. She is the founder and editor of Women and Hollywood, one of the most respected sites for issues related to women and film as well as other areas of pop culture. Women and Hollywood educates, advocates, and agitates for gender parity across the entertainment industry.  She is the Artistic Director and co-founder of the Athena Film Festival — A Celebration of Women and Leadership — at Barnard College in NYC. The fourth annual festival took place from February 6-9, 2014.

Melissa recently published the first book from Women and Hollywood, In Her Voice: Women Directors Talk Directing, which is a compilation of over 40 interviews that have appeared on the site.  She was one of the recipients of the 2013 Susan B. Anthony Award from the NYC Chapter of the National Organization for Women.

She is a columnist for Forbes.com and her work has been featured on CNN, the BBC as well as in Newsweek, Salon, Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, NY Times, and many other publications. Women and Hollywood was named one of the top 100 websites for women by ForbesWoman in 2013, 2012 and 2011.  In 2011, Melissa was named one of the Top 100 Arts tweeters by the Times of London and in 2010, she was named one of 10 film critics to follow on twitter by Flavorwire.  In 2008, Women and Hollywood was named by More Magazine as one of the “blogs to watch,” and in 2009, it was named “Best Hollywood blog” by totalfilm.com.

Melissa has experience working on social media marketing campaigns and events for a variety of films.  Recent films include: My Week With Marilyn, The Iron Lady, Gloria Steinem: In Her Own Words, Dancing Across Borders, Bright Star, The Boys are Back, Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg, Cheri, Sunshine Cleaning, Last Chance Harvey, Revolutionary Road, Hounddog, The Duchess, A Previous Engagement, Then She Found Me, The Business of Being Born, Becoming Jane, Bend it Like Beckham, and The Hours.

She has also worked on several high profile public education campaigns including Take Our Daughters to Work Day and the Pro Choice Public Education Project, and she was the founding project director for The White House Project and prior to that was the chief of Staff at the Ms. Foundation for Women.  She is a member of the Alliance of Women Film Journalists and NY Women in Film and TV.

Her writing has been featured in The Washington Post, NY Times, More Magazine, the Women’s Media Center, Equality, the Magazine of the Human Rights Campaign, wowOwow, Huffington Post, Zoom in Online, Alternet, Ms. Magazine; ivillage among others. She was a contributor to The Tattooed Girl: The Enigma of Stieg Larsson and the Secrets Behind the Most Compelling Thriller of Our Time.


Bomb Girls Creative Team to Open WMW!

8fb8f457d0e6de39318e4dac9557b73d1 Bomb Girls Creative Team to Open WMW!Canadian production team Janis Lundman and Adrienne Mitchell of Back Alley films have been working in the industry for nearly three decades and have written, directed, and produced some of Canada’s most popular TV shows including Durham County and the aforementioned Bomb Girls. When the show was cancelled last year after only two seasons the fans started websites like savebombgirls.com and created online petitions on change.org and ipetitions.com. Luckily, Shaw Media listened. In October they announced that production had begun on a two-hour movie that will give the show and its characters a chance to wrap up their stories.

What was perhaps the biggest loss when Bomb Girls went off the air was losing a show that told the stories of so many strong female characters. We are aware of the fact that more women working behind the scenes mean more women’s stories being told on-screen and these are both areas of the industry that could use a boost in terms of gender equality.

When speaking with her alma mater York University Lundman noted, “You have women directors, vice-presidents and crew members. There are women in all of these roles, but I guess there are not as many as I’d like to see. There aren’t a lot of women who own their own companies, and although there are broadcast executives who are women, often it’s men at the very top.” Janis and Adrienne are concentrating on changing these statistics through the stories they choose to develop.

There is a lot to learn from the success stories from women in the industry. There is a lot to learn from Adrienne Mitchell and Janis Lundman! They have a long history in the business and a great track record of success in writing, directing, and producing. We can’t wait to be inspired during their keynote conversation with Christine McLean on Saturday, March 22nd and we hope that you will be there, too!

Bomb Girls – Facing The Enemy will be premiering on Global TV on March 27, 2014 (8pm ET/PT) but you can catch a sneak preview during Janis and Adrienne’s conversation!

Registration and ticket information on this and all of the great programming at Women Making Waves can be found here: www.wift-at.com/wmw

Register Today for Women Making Waves!

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The program is set. Flights are booked. And the last few details are coming into place…. Women Making Waves 2014 is a go!

Registration is now open for this year’s conference with early-bird discounts available for a limited time. The programming committee has worked tirelessly over the past few months to present a program that will appeal to everyone – from high school students with an interest in the industry to emerging screenwriters to veteran producers.


We value our members and offer discounts on registration and those traveling to Halifax.


Click below for links to all conference details. See you in March!

Conference Schedule: http://wift-at.com/wmw/schedule/
Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1407740049483970/
Book your room ($115 + tax = $134.89): http://wift-at.com/wmw/accommodations/



Business Affairs Workshop – St. John’s


Presented in partnership with the NLFDC and St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival

This two-day workshop will cover the gamut of how Business Affairs and Producers work together in Pre-Production, Production and Post. The workshop will explore the documents required at each phase, when you need a lawyer and how to save money with a lawyer. Participants will understand what documents are needed to pitch and what commissioning editors expect when being pitched to. There will be opportunity to pitch your project to help refine your technique either in a class setting on one- on-one. Other subjects covered will be how to create a budget, cash flow and rights management. We will review on where to find the money to make your project and strategy when applying for funds for both television and film.
Topic discussions include:

  • Business Affairs during development and production;
  • Pitching to broadcasters and/or distributors;
  • Creating budgets and finance plans;
  • Rights management;
  • Government Funds: Telefilm, Federal & Provincial tax credits; and
  • Private Corporation Funds: Bell Fund, Rogers Fund Group, Shaw, Cogeco and crowdfunding

Date:                March 8-9, 2014

Location:        NIFCO – 100 Gower St.

Time:               10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Cost:                 $75.00

Deadline to Register is February 21st, 2014. Space is limited so register early!

To register, please contact Industry Analyst, Laura Churchill at laura@nlfdc.ca or (709) 738-3456.

About the Instructor
Colette Johnson-Vosberg’s business affairs expertise started with the specialty channel team at Global TV, where she contracted and managed deliverables for both original programming and acquisitions. Five years later, Colette managed the business and legal departments at Vision TV and ZoomerMedia Television, which entailed relationship building with producers and international distributors. Working for government funding agencies such as Telefilm Canada and the Canadian Media Fund, gave Colette the expertise of how competitive funding works and what they look for in the application process.
Currently, Colette is providing services to clients in the role of producing, writing private and government funding applications, tax credit applications, contracting and connecting people to people.


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WIFT-AT Represents at Silver Wave!

 1385631 622520891131272 1106885993 n WIFT AT Represents at Silver Wave!The Silver Wave Film Festival kicks off tonight with a gala screening of Gia Milani’s All The Wrong Reasons. WIFT-AT would like to congratulate our members who are screening their films throughout the weekend:

Gia Milani, Jennifer Mawhinney, Kaleigh Stultz, Victoria Clowater, Melani Wood, Martine Blue, Ruth Lawrence, Louise Lalonde, Leigh McFarlane, Pamela Lovelace, Anna Petras, Sarah Gignac, Sherry Smith, Lisa Rose Snow, Lora Campbell, Gwyneth Christoffel, Dawn George, Krysta Rudofsky, Harmony Wagner, Jenna Marks, Britany Sparrow and Christine MacLean. You can check out the full program here.

Also, as part of the Silver Wave Film Festival’s Industry Series, WIFT-AT is proud to present Who’s Your Muse?

WHEN: Friday November 8th, 11:15AM-12:30PM
WHERE: Upstairs Auditorium, 732 Charlotte Street, Fredericton, NB

Host: Christine McLean, documentary writer/director, radio host, television consultant, member of Women in Film and Television – Atlantic.

Guests: Britany Sparrow, NB Filmmaker (Chopsticks); Ruth Lawrence, NL Filmmaker (Talus and Scree); Pamela Lovelace, NS Producer (The Long and Short of Barry Small)

In ancient Greece, the Muses were goddesses who inspired artistic creation. Today women are more likely to be the artists themselves. But where are they turning for inspiration? What are the origins of their locations, stories and characters? We will talk to several remarkable filmmakers about whom they draw upon for encouragement, mentorship and creative inspiration. You might be surprised by the age, gender and even familial relationships of their muses. You may even want to challenge them on their choices. Join New Brunswick broadcaster and documentary filmmaker, Christine McLean, as she reveals the secret sources of creativity of women working in contemporary Canadian film.

For more information about the Industry Series, the Silver Wave Film Festival, or the filmmakers in the panel go to www.swfilmfest.com


WIFT-AT Introduces New Breakfast Series

BOYNECLARKE LLP and WIFT-AT are thrilled to present the Breakfast Club SERIES

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Lisa Bugden – October 29, 2013 8:30am

Grab a coffee and bagel and talk business with some amazing women! Join us at our new Breakfast Club presentations on business issues for women in the film, television and screen-based media industry. Network with women that can help you become a better creative entrepreneur, with presentations on everything from the business of production, marketing and distribution to rights and partnerships.

We will be kicking off our Breakfast Club on October 29th at 8:30am with the inspiring Lisa Bugden, President and CEO of Film and Creative Industries Nova Scotia who will share her vision for Film and Creative Industries here. Before coming to the film world, Lisa was VP with Nova Scotia Business Inc., where she helped home-grown businesses become global competitiors. Come hear Lisa’s secret behind her passion for collaboration and fostering relationships in the creative sector here in the Maritimes.

And on November 26th, get your social media marketing fix and catch Frances Leary, President of internet marketing firm, Wired Flare. Frances, a Texan-Canadian entrepreneur, is a writer, speaker, online strategist and storyteller.

After earning an MA in Folklore and studying how cultures tell their stories and market them for profit, she opened the doors to the Halifax-based online marketing firm Wired Flare in 2011. Frances will open your eyes to a new way to view the world of online marketing.

WHERE:             BoyneClarke LLP office, suite 600 99 Wyse Road, Dartmouth, 8:30am

TO REGISTER  please contact Krista Reage at BoyneClarke LLP by email kreage@boyneclarke.ca or call  902-460-3400  ext. 197


*As seating is limited, please reserve early, with priority given to WIFT-AT members.

Video: Sexism in the Film & Television Industry

Operation Maple, an independent online media outlet, approached ACTRA president Ferne Downey and screenwriter/producer/blogger Jill Golick to share their thoughts about sexism in the film & television industry after they came across CUES ‘Focus On Women’ Report.

In 2012, Canadian Unions for Equality on Screen (CUES), a group of union and guild representatives, commissioned a report on gender inequality in the Canadian independent screen-based production industry. ‘Focus On Women’ was prepared by Dr. Amanda Coles with the intention to raise awareness of this issue and generate discussion within the industry.

Read or download the full report here.


Gia Milani wins $10K Grolsch Discovery Award

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All The Wrong Reasons director Gia Milani is the winner of the Grolsch Film Works Discovery Award, announced Tuesday afternoon at the Grolsch Open House in downtown Toronto.

The 28 directors with films in TIFF’s Discovery program were eligible for the award.

The Discovery Award, a $10,000 cash prize, puts the spotlight on the filmmakers themselves, their back stories, and how they have expressed their passion for filmmaking. The award also comes with a package of marketing opportunities to spotlight the winning filmmaker and film globally.

A New Brunswick-based filmmaker, it took Milani five years to make her debut feature All The Wrong Reasons, as the production endured several funding obstacles and creative hurdles, she said. The team also experienced the loss of cast member Cory Monteith recently.

“I think getting around [obstacles] was just being tenacious. I got told ‘no’ a thousand times more than I ever got told yes,” Milani told Playback after receiving the award. “I’m new, and I’m working from a place that doesn’t have a lot of filmmakers, and maybe that was part of it,” she added.

But after she secured an impressive Canadian cast, including Monteith, Emily Hampshire, Kevin Zegers and Karine Vanasse, Telefilm Canada came on board with funding through its Canada Feature Film Fund, adding to the backing Milani received from the province of New Brunswick and the Harold Greenberg Fund.

Milani also took the opportunity to draw attention to New Brunswick’s film industry, calling for the reinstatement of recently cut industry support. “Our tax credit got axed, that was a big part of the exodus from our province,” she explained. “And our film commission is gone – it’s a huge problem in my province. I think if that was reestablished, that certainly would help. I would really like to see that dialogue open again.”

Milani said the prize money from the award will go towards her next feature, Strathcona (working title).

Read more: http://playbackonline.ca/2013/09/10/gia-milani-wins-10k-grolsch-discovery-award/#ixzz2eW1sp0vG

NIFTY Links: May 27, 2013

AAPA 2013 NIFTY Links: May 27, 2013 Along with delegate passes to eight festivals, WIFT-AT’s All Access Pass Award also offers professional development meetings, local accommodations, representatives at each festival to guide the AAPA recipient and $1,400 cash!The All Access Pass Award is not limited to filmmakers, but is open to any WIFT-AT full member working in the industry whose career has reached the point where she believes the AAPA will be useful in furthering the trajectory of her career.

The application deadline is Saturday June 1st at 5pm. Please review the complete AAPA Guidelines before submitting your online application HERE!


logo NIFTY Links: May 27, 2013 The Island Media Arts Festival took place this past weekend in Charlottetown, PE.A big congratulations goes out to all our WIFT-Atlantic members screening their films and participating in panels & workshops: Sandi Rankaduwa, Shandi Mitchell, Dawn George, Harmony Wagner, Susan Rodgers, Latonia Hartery, Renee Laprise, Ashley McKenzie, Louise Lalonde and Cheryl Wagner for organizing it all!


NICKEL 258x300 NIFTY Links: May 27, 2013 The Nickel Independent Film Festival’s program celebrates independent creation with 47 films featuring Canadian films from Vancouver, Nova Scotia, Ontario, British Columbia, New Brunswick and 21 shorts from filmmakers in Newfoundland and Labrador. Films from the United States, China, Sweden, Spain, Ireland, France, Afghanistan, and the UK show a strong international selection. Support the Nickel and our WIFT-AT members Elsa Morena, Martine Blue, Eva Madden, Ruth Lawrence & Ashley McKenzie who will be screening their films. Visit the festival website for more information www.nickelfestival.com



FAP is designed to help emerging and developing independent filmmakers complete their films by providing financial support for production services. The program is open to independent filmmakers that are not currently enrolled in film school and have produced no more than three film/video projects (outside of film school).

Projects must fall within the NFB’s mandate of producing bold and distinctive cultural and social issue documentaries, auteur animation, alternative drama and innovative digital interactive content that can provide the world with a unique Canadian perspective.

Deadline : May 30th, 2013



Upcoming Film Festival Deadlines

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Atlantic Film Festival, Halifax, Nova Scotia

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Festival International du Film Francophone de Namur, Namur, Belgium
Deadline for feature-length documentaries (+ 60 min) : June 1, 2013
Deadline for feature-length narrative and animation films (+ 60 min) : July 1, 2013

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Hamptons International Film Festival, East Hampton, NY
Deadline for festival late entry : June 3, 2013

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70th Venice Film Festival, Venice, Italy
Deadline with Telefilm Canada : June 7, 2013
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Festival Off-Courts Trouville, Trouville-sur-mer, France
Deadline for submissions : June 15, 2013

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Chicago International Film Festival, Chicago, Illinois
Deadline for festival regular entry : June 21, 2013
Deadline for festival late entry : July 8, 2013

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DOK Leipzig | International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film, Leipzig, Germany
Deadline for films completed after May 1, 2013 : July 10, 2013

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Tokyo International Film festival, Tokyo, Japan
Deadline for submissions : July 12, 2013
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International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Deadline for documentaries completed after April 1, 2013 : August 1, 2013
Deadline to submit a project to the FORUM : September 1, 2013


A few more for you….



Industry news


WIFT-Atlantic members’ news
  • Andrea McCulloch’s RED HORIZON is the only Atlantic Canadian entry in the top ten of the CineCoup Film Accelerator program. From May 30 to June 2, the public vote for the top five who will then will pitch their projects at the Banff World Media Festival on June 10. The top project will receive $1 million in financing and a guaranteed release in Cineplex Theatres! The trailer that can be found at cinecoup.com/redhorizon


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