Video Games 101

With more than 300 video game companies operating across the country, Canada has the third-largest video game development industry in the world, after the U.S. and Japan. The gaming industry employs more than 16,000 people and contributes $2.3 billion to Canada’s GDP, according to the Entertainment Software Association of Canada.

Join us at our next Breakfast Club presentation – March 25, 2014 – for Videogames 101 – everything you always wanted to know about the videogame development industry – but were afraid to ask. Whether via Candy Crush, Call of Duty, Minecraft or Madden, games are likely to touch the lives of you or your friends & family.

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DAVID WALSH, Chief Operating Officer, Frontier Developments plc Cambridge, U.K. and President of its Halifax studio, will share his perspective on this fast-growing part of the entertainment industry. Frontier, founded in 1994, is one of the worldwide games industry’s leading independent developers.

WHERE: BOYNECLARKE LLP office, suite 600, 99 Wyse Road, Dartmouth

WHEN: 8:15 a.m. March 25, 2014

TO register*: please contact: Krista Reage at BOYNECLARKE LLP 902-460-3400 ext. 197 by March 21, 2014

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


Grab a coffee and bagel and talk career transitions with some amazing women! Join us at our next Breakfast Club presentation – Feb. 27, 2014. 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.

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JANET Hawkwood – February 27, 2014 – 8:15 A.M.


Janet Hawkwood is a filmmaker  & faculty member for the Screen Arts Program at the Nova Scotia Community College. Involved in the creation of this 2-year film production program, Janet continues to seek creative ways for herself and her students to connect and collaborate with others in the cultural community.

Janet will address mid-career transitions in the film industry, including evaluating skill sets, preparing for change, pathways and tips for creating a project’s “great story”.


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

TO REGISTER :  please contact: Jenna Dufton, WIFT-AT

                       or 902-406-8004  by Feb. 24, 2014


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




Grab a coffee and muffin and talk funding! Join us at our January Breakfast Club presentation on Crowd funding and social networking to get your next creative project up and going. Network with the people who can help you get closer to seeing your film or television project on the screen!

Andy Osburn
January 28, 2014 @ 8:30am
BoyneClarke LLP office, suite 600 99 Wyse Road, Dartmouth

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Andy Osburnʼs, latest start-up,, is the market leading student social recruiting platform, connecting students with funding, career opportunities and mentoring. Andy is also the Atlantic representative on the National Crowdfunding Association of Canada.

A seasoned entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience in software engineering and start-up technology ventures, Andy will give his views on trends, major players for creative projects, issues and tips for a successful crowd-funding campaign for your next project.

TO register*: please contact Krista Reage at BoyneClarke LLP, 902-460-3400 ext. 197

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

November’s BOYNECLARK LLP/ WIFT-AT Breakfast: Frances Leary

By Valerie Bachynsky; Photo by Ann Bernier

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Frances Leary offers advice on leveraging the power of social media for film and television

“Be creative and think outside the box; there are no limits.” That’s the advice of Frances Leary, president of internet marketing firm Wired Flare, who was the speaker at November’s BOYNECLARK LLP/ WIFT-AT breakfast event in Halifax.

Frances handled marketing for Red Horizon, which made it to the Top Ten spot in the pilot cycle of the CineCoup film accelerator.  Following a successful project to build audience engagement, their project has a strong pitch package and has been optioned for development.

Frances provided details on the CineCoup process, and how Red Horizon used various social media techniques to build visibility and audience support for their film concept. Facebook, Twitter, engagement of the sci-fi community, character narratives, a Be Brave campaign, engagement of the support local community and events all contributed to a successful project.

Trends identified by Frances include:
. online narrative, such as an air safety video, using Hobbit characters, for Air New Zealand;.
. audience engagement, through apps and on-line games; and
. crowd funding.


Leveraging the Power of Social for Television and Film

Tuesday, November 26th 8:15 – 9:30AM

After the resounding success of last month’s get together with Lisa Bugden, CEO at Film & Creative Industries Nova Scotia, we are so excited to offer another in our Breakfast Club Series! This month you will get to know social media like you’ve never known it before. Join us to dive a bit deeper into the world of social networking and its role in the future of marketing for television and film. Explore the new social trends and how they can help producers, directors and other industry personnel bring their projects to fruition. Please join us for a coffee and a lovely morning with some amazing women!


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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’ recent work with Cinecoup’s Red Horizon helped promote them to the Top 10.


WHEN:  Tuesday, November 26th 8:15 – 9:30AM

WHERE:  BoyneClarke LLP office, 99 Wyse Road, Suite 600, Dartmouth

TO REGISTER:  please contact:  Krista Reage at BoyneClarke LLP, , 902-406-3400 ext 197

*As seating is limited, please reserve by Friday, November 22nd, with priority given to WIFT-AT members.

WIFT-AT at the Atlantic Film Festival PHOTO GALLERY

By Andrea Levesque, photos by Cindy D’Orsay

WIFT-AT hosted our annual members gathering at the Atlantic Film Festival on Friday, September 13th.  Held at the RockBottom Brewpub after the screening of the documentary Buying Sex, the 65 plus attendees had a lot to celebrate and discuss as we enjoyed craft brewed beers and delicious nibbles. As always, it was great to be surrounded by such talented and enthusiastic women and men; Talking, laughing, networking and just being awesome!

Thank you to everyone who came out, and a special thank you to WIFT-AT board member Cindy D’ Orsay for her hard work in putting together this event.


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Sep 9: WIFT-AT is a Proud Sponsor of Great Events at AFF!

DOC ATLANTIC – The Documentary Organization of Canada at the Atlantic Film Festival 2013

Please come to enjoy our party and workshop at the AFF!



Monday, Sept. 16, 2013. 9pm -12am
Super Channel Lounge / Lord Nelson Hotel/ Halifax

With THE CHRIS MARTIN BLUES BAND and Colville Bay oysterss fresh from PEI.

Free Admission and food too!

Thanks to our Blues Party sponsors:
Toronto Film & Video Golf Tournament (Jim Hardie), Prime Insurance, Ocean Entertainment, WBLI Accounting, Economy Shoe Shop, and CEV Inc.


JENNIFER BAICHWAL WORKSHOP – One of Canada’s Most Renowned Documentary Makers

Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013   1pm – 5pm
NSCAD Academy Building Theatre -2nd Floor
1649 Brunswick St., Halifax, NS



Jennifer Baichwal’s latest film, WATERMARK, screens at the Atlantic Film Festival:Tues. Sept.17, 10:15 pm, Park Lane Cinema

Thanks to our Workshop Sponsors:
Women in Film & Television-Atlantic, PEI Screenwriters Bootcamp, The Directors Guild of Canada, 902 Post Inc, Centre East Media, Tell Tale Productions, John Walker Productions, and NSCAD.

DOC Atlantic-The Documentary Organization of Canada
2103 Bauer St. Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada B3K 3W4
Contact Chuck Lapp, Chair at
Ph. (902) 422-1337  Fax (902) 446-3944

Sep 9: Ladies of the Fright – AFCOOP’s Fundraising Screening was a Smashing Success

It was a dark and stormy night…actually, it was quite pleasant and clear outside…but inside the Bus Stop Theatre, the temperature dropped as chills and thrills oozed off the screen and into the hearts and minds of the 60 plus audience at the Ladies of the Fright AFCOOP fundraiser.

A co-presentation of AFCOOP and The Visera Organization (with promotional support from WIFT-AT), it was a celebration of female filmmakers working in Horror/Sci-fi/Fantasy. Curated by AFCOOP from films made available through the Visera Organization, this bold collection of works ran the gamut from funny (Sheeties), to creepy cute (Nursery Crimes), to down right disturbing (The Third Eye). A definite highlight of the evening was the premier of the Film 5 short Nigredo by director Kristen Swinkles. Claustrophobic and unsettling, Nigredo was a perfect start to the evening and great example of the fine work done through the FILM 5 program.

Women in Film and Television - Atlantic was thrilled to support AFCOOP with this event, and are pleased to congratulate Lauren Oostveen on winning the draw for a one year WIFT-AT membership!

For more information about AFCOOP visit their website:
For more information about the Viscera Film Festival visit their website: