(Halifax, March 24, 2014) The 2014 WAVE Awards were announced yesterday, capping the fourth annual Women Making Waves, a three-day conference marked by compelling speakers, dynamic panels and informative workshops.
Honouring outstanding contributions by women in film, television and digital media in the Atlantic Region, the one-of-a-kind awards went to Newfoundland and Labrador’s Noreen Golfman and Barbara Doran, and Nova Scotia’s Linda Wood.
“Each of these winners is unique and wonderful, and all of them loved the fact that the WAVE Awards have no categories – they simply honour women who deserve to be celebrated,” said Jan Miller, Chair of host organization Women in Film & Television-Atlantic (WIFT-AT).
“That fact allows the selection committee to make choices that truly celebrate women making a difference in the screen industry – in a multitude of fabulous ways.”
About the winners:
- Noreen Golfman has been described as a “powerhouse of poise, confidence and witty charm.” The Dean of graduate studies at Memorial University, Golfman has played an integral role in building a cultural community in Newfoundland and Labrador. She was involved in the founding of the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival 25 years ago, is Vice-Chair of the Newfoundland and Labrador Film Development Corporation, and founded the MUN Cinema Series, among other contributions to the industry.
- Linda Wood, the Director of Business & Legal Affairs at Film & Creative Industries Nova Scotia, has worked with virtually every producer in this province. A champion of Nova Scotia’s film, television and new media industry, Wood spent 11 years as a juror for the CBC/Film Nova Scotia Bridge Award and played an active role in the creation of the First Feature Project. While her name may not appear in the production credits, it’s a fixture in the “special thanks” sections of local film and television productions.
- Barbara Doran has been producing and directing films for more than 30 years. With incredible energy, she has devoted herself to the history, culture and future of Newfoundland, while exploring stories around the globe. Her documentaries have covered the sweatshops of Guatemala, women prisoners in Pakistan, AIDS workers in Africa, and romance writers in the U.S. Her Gemini Award-winning miniseries, Random Passage, played to record audiences on CBC Television, and her newest feature, The Grand Seduction, was nominated as best feature at the Canadian Screen Awards.
Other Women Making Waves highlights included a conversation Sunday morning with Melissa Silverstein, a Brooklyn-based media consultant and writer whose blog, Women and Hollywood, one of the most respected sites for issues related to women in film as well as other areas of pop culture. Additional sessions included award-winning director, editor, writer Wiebke von Carolsfeld; transmedia leader Caitlin Burns; Sundance doc winner Jennifer Fox on crowd-funding; a hit sci-fi series panel (Emily Andras of Lost Girl, Daegan Fryklind of Bitten and Shawn Piller of Haven); film stunts with Shelley Cook; and a conversation with the remarkable team behind Bomb Girls, Adrienne Mitchell and Janis Lundman.
Women Making Waves takes place at the University of King’s College, NSCAD University, and the historic Lord Nelson Hotel. WIFT-AT gratefully recognizes the support of Telefilm Canada, Film & Creative Industries Nova Scotia, 902 Post, BMO Nesbitt Burns, ACTRA, the Canadian Media Production Association, the St. John’s Women’s Film Festival and Ruby Tree Films, as well as an array of industry sponsors.