Women filmmakers made a splash at the Silver Wave Film Fesitval in Fredericton, NB earlier this month. The festival, which ran from November 8-11, showed 101 films from across New Brunswick, the rest of Canada, and from around the world.
During the Media NB Industry Summit, three women filmmakers who all had films in the festival (Ashley McKenzie, Jillian Acreman, and Ruth Lawrence) gave a panel about their experiences making films in the Atlantic provinces.
At the Silver Wave Awards Show, many women filmmakers were presented with hardware. Here are some of the winners.
Best NB Youth Shorts:
Let’s Save the Earth by Keswick Ridge School Grades 3 and 4 with home room teacher Suzanne Archibald and Music Teacher Danielle Upshall
Shatter The Silence by Emily Campbell and Megan Toner
Terra Mars by Ecole Grand-Digue, Julie Surette, Kathy Gildart and the students
Best Student/48 Hour Film: Peelings by Diana Myers
Winner for Best Canadian Short: When You Sleep by Ashley McKenzie
Best Documentary: The Paramount by Greg Hemmings and Melanie Flannigan
Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Comedy or Action Film: Becky Forbes in Nick Ryan
Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Drama: Sam Kamras in On the Last Day
Best NB Short Comedy or Action Film: S.W.I.T.C.H. by Jean-Pierre Desmarais and Kathy Gildart
Jane LeBlanc Filmmaker Award: Joceline Paczoski for Dory’s Last Laugh
For a complete list of winners and nominees go to the Silver Wave Film Festival Facebook page.
NB Pulse is compiled by Cat LeBlanc. Cat has been membership services director at the New Brunswick Filmmakers’ Co-operative for 17 years and is co-organizer of the annual Silver Wave Film Festival. She also does production management/catering and music for independent shorts for her volunteer work.