Invest in WIFT-AT: Become a member!

When was the last time you went to a movie and shook your head at how the women were portrayed? Or watched the credits and it hit home that less than twenty per cent of the people working in film are female? We are offering you an opportunity to help make a positive change.

WIFT-AT is the newest chapter in an international organization, Women in Film and Television, designed to support and connect women working in screen-based industries. If you are joining us for the first time or are renewing, you are investing in the many women in your community who want to be on screen, in writers’ rooms, at film festivals and on set. You can do it right now, online, here. And as a volunteer organization, it is membership fees that sustain our activities.

In the last two years, WIFT-AT has brought to the east coast some of the most successful women working in film and TV in North America, Patricia Rozema and Kari Skogland to name a couple, to inspire and train our Atlantic female filmmakers. We have celebrated our own female filmmakers by handing out Wave Awards at our annual Women Making Waves weekend in Halifax. We have partnered with regional film festivals and have arranged screenings of work by female filmmakers in Charlottetown, Fredericton, Moncton and Halifax and have even established a film club in St. John’s. This spring we launched a new award for an emerging filmmaker, the All Access Pass award. And we’re just getting started

Our chapter was formed three years ago. We are already more than a hundred members strong. If you join us by renewing or purchasing a membership, your contribution will help our not-for-profit organization continue to grow. And please join us for our celebration of Atlantic Women in the Screen Industry reception, Sunday, September 16, 6- 8 pm at the Lord Nelson Hotel, as part of the Atlantic Film Festival, right after the WIFT-AT AGM. WE would love to see you there.

The number of women working in film and television is small in number but big in influence. One recent study showed that when a female director is at the helm, the number of women employed on a film jumped by fifty per cent.

That’s a great return on your investment. Please consider joining us.

Christine McLean, Chair, WIFT-AT membership committee

Click here to renew or become a member today.

2012 Wave Award Winners

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The WAVE Awards were presented today during Women Making Waves, the second annual Women in Film and Television-Atlantic conference. The winners of the awards, which recognized their “significant impact, extensive reach, and high-quality contribution to the Atlantic Canadian screen industry,” are (left to right) Jennice Ripley, Sylvia Hamilton and Jan Miller. Photo by Rachelle Clothier

Outstanding Atlantic Canadian women honoured during 2012 WAVE Awards for film, TV and digital media

(Halifax, March 11, 2011) Capping a weekend of compelling speakers, dynamic panels and informative workshops, Women Making Waves 2012 wrapped today with the presentation of the 2012 WAVE Awards, honouring outstanding contributions by women in the field.

 Jennice Ripley, Sylvia Hamilton and Jan Miller were announced as the WAVE Award winners during the second annual conference for women and men in film, television and new media.

“What’s unique about the WAVE Awards is that there are no categories. It’s about saluting women for their accomplishments, talents and behind-the-scenes support,” said Teri Anderson, Vice-Chair of the Atlantic Film Festival.

About the winners:

- Jennice Ripley has been a pillar of the Newfoundland and Labrador film industry for 25 years, a successful producer, respected community leader and a generous mentor. She has produced feature films, television drama, comedy series and documentaries. Her most recent feature film, Crackie, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.

- Sylvia Hamilton is a multi-award-winning filmmaker, writer and educator who is known for her documentaries exploring the history, contributions and experience of African Canadians. Her newest film, The Little Black School House, unearths the story of the women, men and children who studied and taught at Canada’s racially segregated schools.

- Jan Miller is president of Lowenbe Holdings, Director of Strategic Partners – the co-production market of the Atlantic Film Festival – and Chair of Women in Film and Television-Atlantic. A fearless leader whose pitching workshops are sought globally, Jan is an exemplary role model and advocate for women’s rights … and her enthusiasm is absolutely contagious.

“I’m really quite touched and honoured. I didn’t realize how meaningful it would feel to be up here,” Ripley told a packed house at the WAVE Awards brunch at Ela! Greek Taverna in Halifax.

Other highlights included a talk this morning by Sheri Elwood, creator and showrunner of the award-winning series Call Me Fitz, cheekily subtitled How to Get Your Own Hit Television Series in Fifteen Years or Less. Elwood spoke about the need for determination in the industry.

“I had to make my own show to get a directing job. I’m just incredibly stubborn. The failures and the doors slammed were almost as important as the successes,” said Elwood, who recently inked a deal with Jerry Bruckheimer TV/Warner Bros.

A new initiative, The All-Access Award, was also announced today. It will be presented annually to a deserving female working in screen-based media, and is intended as a career booster. It includes a one-year membership in WIFT-AT, an all-access pass to each of the film festivals in the Atlantic region, accommodations and a meeting with a WIFT-AT representative during each of those festivals, and $750 toward travel expenses.

Hosted by Women in Film and Television-Atlantic, Women Making Waves attracted delegates from across the Atlantic region, all keen to hear from keynote speaker Kari Skogland (Fifty Dead Men Walking, The Borgias, Boardwalk Empire), and take part in her directing workshop.

They also came for a diverse array of panels, workshops and networking opportunities, including sessions on copyright, unions, building a multiplatform audience, an evening film screening, and For a Funny Time, Call … a women in comedy panel starring Cheryl Hann (Picnicface, Rollertown), Cathy Jones (22 Minutes), Nikki Payne (Single White Spenny), and Christine Taylor (The Juicy Danger Show), hosted by Nancy Regan.

“Seeing how much Women Making Waves has blossomed, in just one year, is amazing,” says event co-chair Ann Bernier. “Everywhere I looked, people were engaged in passionate conversations about their craft, and thrilled to be soaking up all of the knowledge and wisdom available at each of our sessions – not to mention having loads of laughs!”

The conference is co-presented with Mount Saint Vincent University. WIFT-AT also gratefully recognizes the support of the Province of Nova Scotia through the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage Division, as well as Telefilm Canada and Film Nova Scotia, to name just a few.

WIFT, an international organization with 37 chapters and more than 10,000 members, was founded in 1973. It is committed to advancement for women in professional development and achievement in film, video and other screen-based media. Almost three years young, WIFT-AT is the Atlantic Canadian chapter of the international organization.

For interviews, or more information, please contact:

Skana Gee, publicist
Women Making Waves
gee.skana@gmail.com
(w) 902-466-7191
(c) 902-223-5234

Award-winning director Kari Skogland sure to inspire at Women Making Waves film, TV and digital media conference

(Halifax, March 3, 2012) When Kari Skogland released her critically acclaimed film Fifty Dead Men Walking, starring Ben Kingsley, she was disheartened by the distribution problems and pirating that affected the success of the release.

Fast forward three years and the Ottawa native has logged credits on several well-regarded Canadian TV shows – including The Borgias, The Listener and Being Erica – and is set to direct new episodes of The Borgias and Boardwalk Empire. Skogland is also casting her next movie, The Prisoner of Tehran, based on the bestselling book.

And she’s coming to Halifax to talk about how her greatest film successes are a rollercoaster ride of elation mixed with adversity, during Women Making Waves 2012, the second annual Women in Film and Television–Atlantic conference for people involved and interested in the film, television and digital media fields, set for March 9-11.

“These are issues nearly everyone in the industry struggles with, and it will be terrific to hear from somebody as successful as Kari how to overcome very real obstacles,” says Jan Miller, co-chair of Women Making Waves with Ann Bernier.

Skogland’s opening conversation with journalist Christine McLean, and her directing workshop later in the day, are just two of the many conference sessions to look forward to, says Miller, who is also Chair of Women in Film & Television-Atlantic.

“Our program truly has something for everyone – whether you’re a resilient vet, an emerging auteur, or a student discovering your love of these art forms,” says Miller. The event, to be held at Mount Saint Vincent University and other venues in Halifax, features a diverse range of panels, workshops, speakers and networking opportunities.

It includes:

-        Re: Unions – Getting Our Dues, featuring Ferne Downey (ACTRA National), Richard Hadley (ACTRA Maritimes), Tim Storey (Directors Guild of Canada) and Gary Vermier (IATSE), with host Amanda Coles (Brock University)

-        The Permission Slip: Avoid Wrong Turns With Copyright, with Canada’s top clearance specialist, Elizabeth Klinck. Learn the latest on how to obtain, reduce costs and limit risks using stock footage, stills and recorded music

-        Hi-Tech/Hi-Touch: Building a winning audience engagement strategy, with Julie Giles of GreenHATDigital, the Toronto firm behind web projects Ruby Skye, P.I., Vine of the Soul, and Guidestones, as well as a 3D game, Humans VS Vampires, for the tween hit My Babysitter’s a Vampire

There’s also the eagerly anticipated For a Funny Time, Call … a women in comedy panel starring Cheryl Hann (Picnicface, Rollertown), Cathy Jones (22 Minutes), Nikki Payne (Single White Spenny), and Christine Taylor (The Juicy Danger Show), hosted by Nancy Regan.

And If The Show Fitz: A Conversation with Award-Winning Sheri Elwood. Featuring the creator and showrunner of the hit series Call Me Fitz and dubbed How to get your own hit television show in fifteen years or less, it sees Elwood in discussion with Noreen Golfman (Chair of the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival).

Women Making Waves 2012 wraps up with the WAVE Awards, honouring women in the Atlantic screen industries.

Conference passes and individual event tickets are now available to everyone. For more information, and to register, visit www.wift-at.com.

The conference is co-presented with Mount Saint Vincent University. WIFT-AT also gratefully recognizes the support of the Province of Nova Scotia through the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage Division, as well as Telefilm Canada and Film Nova Scotia, to name just a few.

WIFT, an international organization with 37 chapters and more than 10,000 members, was founded in 1973. It is committed to advancement for women in professional development and achievement in film, video and other screen-based media. Almost three years young, WIFT-AT is the Atlantic Canadian chapter of the international organization.

 

For interviews, or more information, please contact:

Skana Gee, publicist

Women Making Waves

gee.skana@gmail.com

(w) 902-466-7191

(c) 902-223-5234

Women Making Waves 2012 Program Schedule

2012 Women Making Waves puts the “confer” in “conference”, the wise in wisdom, and the expert in experience. Join us March 9, 10, 11 and catch the ‘wave’. Whether you’re a salty vet, an emerging auteur, or a student discovering your love of the art via the Independent Category on Netflix, there will be something here that excites, illuminates, provokes or inspires you.

 

Click Here for Registration and Ticket Information

 

Schedule-at-a-Glance

 

Friday, March 9th

7 pm Opening Reception
Mezzanine, Lord Nelson Hotel, 1515 South Park Street

Saturday, March 10th

8:15 am Registration and Continental Breakfast
Seton Hall, MSVU, 166 Bedford Highway

9:15 am A Conversation With…Kari Skogland

10:30 am Coffee Break

10:45 am Panel  Re: Unions – Getting Our Dues

12 Noon LUNCH

1:30 pm Workshop  The Permission Slip: Avoid Wrong Turns With Copyright

1:30 pm Digital Media Workshop  Hi-Tech/Hi-Touch: Building a winning audience engagement strategy

1:30 pm Workshop  Kari Skogland In Action

3:30 pm Coffee Break

3:45 pm Women In Comedy Panel For a Funny Time, Call…

6:30 pm Dinner in the Georgian
Georgian Room, Lord Nelson Hotel, 1515 South Park Street

9 pm Saturday Night Screening
Regency Ballroom, Lord Nelson Hotel, 1515 South Park Street

 

Sunday, March 11th

10:15 am A Conversation With…Sheri Elwood
Ela! Greek Taverna, 1565 Argyle St.

12 Noon The WAVE Awards Brunch

Click here to check out the full schedule and learn about WMW Presenters & Panellists

Programming and schedule is subject to change without notice.