Introducing WIFT-AT’s New WMW Coordinator – Jenna Dufton

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Jenna Dufton graduated from the University of Windsor in 2007 with a B.A. in Communications, Media and Film (for no reason other than watching films was really the only thing she liked doing in high school). Equipped with her semi-useful degree she set out to work (glamorous) Box Office positions with the Toronto International Film Festival and the Brisbane International Film Festival before being offered the position of Volunteer Coordinator at the Atlantic Film Festival. She packed her bags and set out for Halifax (the land of dreams) to work the two-month contract with high hopes that it would turn into her dream job (watching movies).

It didn’t quite happen like that but a year later at the Atlantic Film Festival Christmas party (after a series of more glamorous Box Office jobs) she worked up the (liquid) courage to discuss her dream with Festival Director, Lia Rinaldo. Long story short (too late): that next spring Jenna was working as a Programmer for the Atlantic Film Festival and has since programmed three festivals with them and co-founded and programmed the OUTeast Film Festival. Jenna could not be more excited about taking this next step in her career, coordinating Women Making Waves. She didn’t realize it back in high school, but this is what it was all for and she can’t wait to start working with everyone in the WIFT-AT community (yay)!

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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Oct 7: NS Pulse

jasmine Oore Oct 7: NS PulseBy Sherry Smith; Pictured – Jasmine Oore

The opening Gala of the Atlantic Film Festival, The Grand Seduction, co- produced by WIFT-AT member Barbara Doran, warmed the cockles of my heart, not only because I am from Nfld. & Labrador, but because it featured many of our local talent! Recent Wave Award winner, Lisa Rose Snow, screened her Film 5 entry, Two Penny Road Kill, during the CBC Atlantic Shorts Gala to a very appreciative full house. There was great discussion after the Buying Sex screening, written and directed by WIFT-AT’s Teresa MacInnes, at the fabulously attended WIFT-AT reception at the Rockbottom Brewpub. Congratulations to Jasmine Oore for Best Screenwriting Award for her short film, There’s Been a Terrible Mistake. Loads of terrific work by our uber talented local actors in Copperhead, Bunker 6, All the Wrong Reasons, Wisp and There are Monsters (shout out to our own Kristin Langille for the Joan Orenstein Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actress) to name a few, along with the multitude of short films of which I missed maybe ten out of the full 40 to 50 selections! Again, congratulations to all WIFT-AT members who worked on films presented at the Festival!! You are an inspiration to us all!

Lulu Keating, who has had a long association with the NS filmmaking community, screened her second feature film, Lucille’s Ball, at Park Lane Cinemas on September 26. It won the Director’s Chair Feature Film Award – $100,000 service award – that included a studio and equipment for shooting and post production. Follow this link to see the trailer: http://vimeo.com/57996438

Sherry Smith is an actor/producer/writer originally from Labrador but has recently made her home in Nova Scotia with her husband and three children. She has appeared in a few films, a multitude of plays and is the past-president of ACTRA Maritimes.

Sep 9: Remarkable Atlantic Women’s Voices at AFF and TIFF

It’s Festival Season and the women at Women in Film and Television – Atlantic (WIFT-AT) are making a splash across the country.

Newfoundland producer Barbara Doran is premiering her movie The Grand Seduction at the Roy Thomson Hall for the Toronto International Film Festival. Directed by Don McKellar, Doran’s film is also the Opening Gala at the Atlantic Film Festival, The Calgary International Film Festival and the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival – a remarkable launch for a film that she produced with Roger Frappier.

The Toronto International Film Festival will also be premiering All The Wrong Reasons, the Canadian independent film, written and directed by New Brunswick’s Gia Milani, featuring one of the late Cory Monteith’s final big screen performances. Milani’s film will also screen as the Atlantic Gala at the Atlantic Film Festival.

Here in Halifax, as things gear up for the Atlantic Film Festival (Sept. 12-19), the women of WIFT-AT are all over the Festival. Halifax’s own Teresa MacInnes, just back from documenting turtles in the Caribbean, will be screening her critically acclaimed doc film Buying Sex, a balanced and unexpected look at the world’s oldest profession.

Producer Terry Greenlaw will be screening her feature, Hard Drive, directed by Bill MacGillivray at AFF.

There will be over 30 women filmmakers from the Atlantic provinces are presenting at this year’s Festival, with ladies from Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, PEI, and Newfoundland and Labradorwill also be presenting their short films as part of the Atlantic Shorts, Atlantic Animation, Viewfinder Shorts and CBC Atlantic Shorts Gala programs.

And to get us right in the center of the action and at the BEST SCREENINGS and parties, our ALL ACCESS PASS AWARD (AAPA) WINNER, RUTH LAWRENCE, will take us on a festival tour – blogging, facebooking, tweeting and instagramming all the while.

Ruth, a Newfoundland actor, writer and filmmaker will bring her brand of zany to WIFT-AT’s coverage of the 2013/2014 film festival season. The AAPA includes passes to 8 Atlantic film fests, including AFF, Silverwave and SJIWFF (St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival) as well as accommodations including the beautiful Lord Nelson Hotel. Stay tuned for her blog and social media launch!

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!

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DOC OYSTER BLUES PARTY

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.

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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

Free Admission but YOU MUST PRE-REGISTER FOR THE WORKSHOP BY SENDING AN EMAIL TO: chucklapp@eastlink.ca

ONLY THE FIRST 40 REGISTERED PARTICIPANTS CAN ATTEND DUE TO LIMITED SEATING.

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 chucklapp@eastlink.ca
Ph. (902) 422-1337  Fax (902) 446-3944
www.docorg.ca

Sep 9: NS Pulse

Hello, my name is Sherry Smith and I am a recent addition to the WIFT-AT Board and the Nova Scotia contributor to Tidings. Most people know me as a theatre actor/writer/director/producer, but I have been active in the film/tv industry not only as an actor, but also as Vice-President and then President of ACTRA Maritimes. I have admired the work of our local women film makers through festivals and conferences and various Facebook groups. As I am not familiar with a lot of the names of women in the industry here in Nova Scotia, I invite you to email me if you would like a shout out for something you are working on or presenting. This is a great venue for self-promotion as we have over 700 readers! As time goes on, I hope to put names to faces and to share in the celebration of your achievements! Please contact me at sherrysmith446@gmail.com.

Here are a few items worth noting:

Atlantic Film Festival – There is a great line up of Atlantic Canadian films once again at the festival. I encourage you to check out the list here:

A couple of highlights – Halifax’s own Teresa MacInnes, just back from documenting turtles in the Caribbean, will be screening her critically acclaimed documentary Buying Sex, a balanced and unexpected look at the world’s oldest profession.

Along with Teresa, there will be more than 15 women filmmakers from the region presenting at this year’s Festival. Producer Terry Greenlaw will be screening her feature, Hard Drive, directed by Bill MacGillivray, along with Johanna Lunn and Ann Verrall, who will both be presenting their short films.

Ladies of the Fright – Approximately 60 people attended AFCOOP and Viscera Organization’s presentation of  “Ladies of the Fright”, a fundraiser and a celebration of female filmmakers working in Horror/Sci-fi/Fantasy. Nigredo, written and directed by local filmmaker Kristen Swinkles and produced by Brett Hannam launched the evening, as well as being the Canadian Premier of the FILM 5 film.

Copperhead’s Actresses – Four of Halifax’s finest actresses were featured in Copperhead, an independent American film directed by Ron Maxwell and shot in New Brunswick, which is also screening at the AFF. Mary Fay Coady, Andrea Lee Norwood, Elizabeth Richardson and Genevieve Steele all landed very nice roles, “A rarity in our region” to quote Ms. Steele. Could this be the beginning of a new trend?

Job Posting – The Game Code is looking to fill 3 positions in the Halifax/HRM area:

Technical Editor
Social Media & Web Coordinator
Writer

It’s contract based for the season (Sept ’13 to Aug ’14) for part time work. Please forward this to anyone interested. It’s a unique opportunity to work in the video game/TV industry. They hope to fill the position by Sept 14.

To apply visit: www.GameCodeTV.com/apply

BURNWATERDo you like Blacksmiths, dancing, boats, percussion, striking sunsets, wind, musical sculpture, and big dramatic beards? Hear Here Productions and Mocean Dance present: Burnwater, September 14 and 15, 2013 at 3 and 6:30pm in East Dover, Nova Scotia.

Burnwater is a site-specific outdoor art event happening in East Dover, Nova Scotia featuring the sound sculptures of blacksmith John Little, incredible percussionists, Mocean Dance, and the inspiring story-telling of Lohifi Productions all in a beautiful outdoor location near Peggy’s Cove. Hear Here Productions specializes in performing arts events for outdoor locations.

“Burnwater truly is a dream come to life for me,” says Hear Here’s artistic director Erin Donovan. “There are so many incredible artists working to build this magical event that celebrates the creativity and imagination in us all.”

This is a rare event and the limited tickets are selling quickly. For more information and tickets visit their website  or the Burnwater/Hear Here Productions Facebook page.   Tickets available through burnwater.eventbrite.ca.

 Local Filmmaker Turns “No” into “Yes!” – The Long and Short of Barry Small is a shining example of what the Halifax film community can produce outside of the funding/grant system

Being on the short list for the CBC/Film Nova Scotia Bridge Award in 2012, the last year for this lifeblood award, was an honour, but not winning the award didn’t stop the dynamic duo, writer/director Luckas Cardona and producer Pamela Lovelace. The team continued with the project despite the lack of equity funding and persevered to bring the project to life. The Long and Short of Barry Small (2013) will screen at the 33rd Atlantic Film Festival at 4:30pm on September 14 & 18, Park Lane Cinemas, Halifax, NS.

The Long and Short of Barry Small is the culmination of four years of work, starting with winning the CBC TV Broadcast Linda Joy Development Script Award in 2008. It’s a more complex short film then Cardona’s two previous efforts, Daddy’s Little Girl (2010) and Mr. Happy (2011) which deals with both spiritual enlightenment and the fear of death as a comedy. Cardona explores his own curiosity with Buddhism and the Buddhist culture in this film.

For more information, including production stills, please contact:

Pamela Lovelace, Owner/Producer
Wild Oats Productions
902.237.1747 | info@pamelalovelace.ca

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!

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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!

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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

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NFB CALL FOR FILMMAKER ASSISTANCE PROGRAM APPLICATIONS FROM ATLANTIC PROVINCES

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

http://www.onf-nfb.gc.ca/medias/download/documents/pdf/Atlantic-Provinces-FAP.pdf

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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

Hamptons Fest Portrait 150x150 NIFTY Links: May 27, 2013
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

CHIFilmFest 150x150 NIFTY Links: May 27, 2013
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….

https://www.withoutabox.com/index.php?cmd=filmsubmission.allsubmissions&group_id=4

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Industry news

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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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June 8 Deadline: Apply Today for the All Access Pass Award!

AAPA 2013 June 8 Deadline: Apply Today for the All Access Pass Award!


DEADLINE EXTENDED TO JUNE 8th:

Ready to take your career to the next level? WIFT-AT is offering its members a chance to experience all of the film festivals Atlantic Canada has to offer, plus a weekend pass to the prestigious Women Making Waves Conference in March 2014. You have until Saturday, June 8th to submit your application for the All Access Pass Award (AAPA).

This award is given annually to a deserving WIFT-AT member working in the screen-based media whose career will be assisted by the award. (Don’t worry if you’re not yet a member of WIFT-AT, memberships are only $45 and are valid for one year.)

Along with delegate passes to eight festivals, the 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 8th at 5pm AST. The recipient will be notified of their win by June 21, 2013. The official announcement of the successful candidate will take place June 24, 2013 at the WIFT-AT Annual General Meeting. The award recipient agrees to keep this news confidential until the official announcement. It is recognized the award recipient may not be available for the formal announcement, however we hope the recipient can attend in person.

 

Please review the complete AAPA Guidelines before submitting an application.  You can submit your online application HERE!

 


Feb 11: All Access Pass Award Opens Doors for Women in Screen Industry

Ashley McKenzie Jillian Acerman SWFF2012 Photo credit Douglas Mullin Feb 11: All Access Pass Award Opens Doors for Women in Screen Industry

Photo by Douglas Mullin

Women in Film and Television – Atlantic (WIFT-AT) is offering its members a chance to experience all of the film festivals in Atlantic Canada – plus an event pass to the prestigious Women Making Waves conference – through the All Access Pass Award.

The award is presented annually to a deserving female working in screen-based media whose career will be assisted through this amazing learning and networking opportunity.

“The All Access Pass Award equipped me with both the financial support and boundless morale needed to immerse myself in the film circuit across the region,” says filmmaker Ashley McKenzie, who received the inaugural All Access Pass Award in 2012.

“I strongly encourage local filmmakers to apply for this special award. It is unique in not only offering much-needed funding, but also surrounding the recipient with a hugely supportive and caring family – Women in Film and Television-Atlantic. The incredibly knowledgeable women who run this organization offered me mentorship whenever I needed it. Whether it was a casual phone call or urgent e-mail, they drew on a vast network of industry professionals to provide invaluable guidance when I needed it most. Becoming part of this family is the part of the award that will extend far into my career as a filmmaker.”

Along with delegate passes to seven festivals, the All Access Pass Award includes professional development meetings, representatives at each festival to show her around, and $1,000 cash!

The following will be awarded to the successful female recipient:
- one year annual membership to WIFT-AT
- one delegate pass to the annual WIFT-AT Women Making Waves conference

PLUS

One delegate pass to every major film festival in Atlantic Canada including:
- Halifax Independent Filmmakers Festival (HIFF) (April)
- Island Media Arts festival (IMAF), PEI (May)
- OUTeast Film Festival in Halifax, NS (June)
- Nickel Independent Film Festival, NL (June)
- Atlantic Film Festival (AFF) in Halifax, NS (September)
- St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival (SJIWFF), NL (October)
- New Brunswick Silver Wave Film Festival (SWFF), Fredericton, NB (November)
- International Festival of Francophone Film and Video in Acadie (FICFA), Moncton, N.B.(November)

Application deadline is June 2013, with the winner announced mid-summer. Stay tuned for the 2013 call for applications!

Contact:
Women in Film & Television – Atlantic (WIFT-AT)
info@wift-at.com | 902-877-5307 | www.wift-at.com

All Access Update – Ashley McKenzie at the AFF and SWFF

Ashley McKenzie Jillian Acerman SWFF2012 Photo credit Douglas Mullin 350x233 All Access Update – Ashley McKenzie at the AFF and SWFFWith the Fall season comes perhaps the most desirable way to lose a month of one’s life: the film festival circuit. Watching all the top films of the year in a condensed few weeks is about the only thing that cures my end of summer (impending winter) blues. This year I spent over twenty days on the circuit at TIFF, the Atlantic Film Festival, and the Silver Wave Film Festival. I premiered my latest short, When You Sleep, in each respective place, went to over thirty film screenings, and participated in industry panels and a talent lab. My travels to Halifax and Fredericton were courtesy of the WIFT-AT All Access Pass Award.

At Atlantic, I was struck by the prolific female presence at this year’s festival. All Inspired Script participants were women, and last year’s winner, Megan Wennberg, held a Script Out Loud reading of her feature comedy, The Pink Ladies. Filmmakers Lorna Kirk, Martha Stiegman, Susan Wolf, and Ruth Lawrence swept the Linda Joy Awards. And Shandi Mitchell’s feature, The Disappeared, was the Atlantic Gala screening.

When attending a festival, I think you can only do a couple of things well. This means making choices between watching movies, attending parties, promoting your film, setting up meetings, networking, exploring the host city, etc. I typically channel energy into representing my film and watching movies. While doing so, I often meet like-minded filmmakers and gain lots of inspiration from getting to know them.

At Silver Wave, I sat on a WIFT-AT panel with two fellow filmmakers where we shared personal experiences of the challenges and successes of making films. The night before the panel, I emailed my producer a Robert Bresson quote: “make visible what, without you, might perhaps never have been seen.” It’s a summation of what I value most as a filmmaker, and it remained at the forefront of my mind throughout the panel and festival weekend.

If there’s a compass with which to navigate the highs and lows of filmmaking, I feel like this may be it. One thing’s for sure, the films and filmmakers that fuel me with inspiration long after festival season is over are always the ones steeped in this singular vision.

Thanks again to the All Access Pass for the opportunity to travel the circuit and be recharged.