May 5: NB Pulse

FonyaIrvineHeadshot1101 May 5: NB PulseBy Cat LeBlanc; pictured – Fonya Irvine

Recipients of 2014 Short Film Venture Program announced

The New Brunswick Filmmakers’ Co-operative has released the names of the recipients for the 2014 Short Film Venture Program. The four winners will receive financial assistance for the production of short films of 10 minutes or less, fictional in nature, to be shot in the province.

The Short Film Venture Program, an initiative of the New Brunswick Filmmakers’ Co-operative and the Department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture, assists emerging New Brunswick filmmakers who have a serious interest in establishing a career in filmmaking.

“The program will assist these budding filmmakers in creating works that will help to launch their careers,” NB Film Co-op Executive Director Tony Merzetti said. “Independent Filmmaking is an important part of culture in our province. We need to continually assist promising filmmakers in New Brunswick, in order to keep the sector healthy and growing. The Short Film Venture Program is an excellent way to help them get started.”

The Short Film Venture Program recipients for 2014 are Matt Rogers (A List), Fonya Irvine (As the Crow Cries), Shawn Henry (Il Sole) and William Beatty (The Midnight List).

One of the filmmakers Fonya Irvine is a filmmaker based out of Fredericton, New Brunswick.  She is absolutely delighted to be a recipient of the New Brunswick Short Film Venture grant for her film As the Crow Cries.  Already an accredited writer for the CBC/Telefilm 3-2-1 awarded script The Art of Decay, Irvine continues to write and collaborate with other filmmakers in the province.

“I’m absolutely overjoyed to receive the 2014 Short Film Venture Grant for the film As the Crow Cries.  I’m grateful to have this support and opportunity through the Department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture as well as the New Brunswick Filmmakers’ Co-operative which has been instrumental for immersing me in New Brunswick’s ever growing film community.” Fonya Irvine

Participants Selected for 2014 PEI Screenwriters’ Bootcamp

The Island Media Arts Co-op announced that twenty-two screenwriters will hit the ground running again this year on May 17 as they embark on a five-day journey working on scripts for feature films and dramatic series.

This is the largest number yet of participants invited to attend the professional development activity, and mentors for the workshops are: veteran mentor, Tom Shoebridge; returning mentor, Bill Boyle; and rookie, Bobby Theodore.  All three of them are industry professionals and experts in screenwriting who will be sharing their expertise with the participants.

This year’s group of participants includes two teams of two and eighteen solo writers for a total of twenty-two writers developing twenty properties.  The PEI Screenwriters’ Bootcamp initiative operates as an incubator program with first-time and returning writers working on various phases of their projects.

“Screenplays and teleplays can take a very long time to develop, and the guidance and support that these writers receive from experts is paramount to getting many of these scripts finished, let alone, produced.  Each year, we bring in producers and broadcasters to take pitch meetings with the writers, which gives the writer hands-on networking experience and valuable feedback on their work.   In turn, the producers are introduced to fresh talent and ideas.  In this industry, nothing happens to a script without both a writer and a producer being attached to it,” commented Louise Lalonde, Project Coordinator for Bootcamp.

The New Brunswick participants for Bootcamp 2014 are Rhonda Herrington-Bulmer, NBFC members Jennifer Mawhinney, Melony McCarthy and Randy Pelletier, Jean-Marc Goguen and Gilles Doiron

Ms. Lalonde added that “We are finally operating as a true incubator program with past participants returning to continue to develop their properties, and we have our sponsors to thank for their investment in these and future storytellers.

The Life and Music of Garnet Allison Boyd

Check out this fantastic interview that NBFC member filmmaker Rachel Bower did with Lorraine Boyd Eden Hermann about her father’s New Brunswick musical legacy.!.html

Meet the WMW Players

Caitlin Burns

As a Transmedia Producer, Caitlin Burns creates and influences international intellectual properties, brands and social outreach campaigns. With Starlight Runner where she is Executive Editor as well as a Transmedia Producer, she has worked on properties including: Pirates of the Caribbean, Fairies, and Tron Legacy for Disney, James Cameron’s Avatar for Fox, Halo for Microsoft, and Transformers for Hasbro.

She’s kind of a big deal…


Shelley Cook

Looking to learn more about stunt performers and coordination? Why not learn from the best?

With over 200 film and TV credits, Shelley Cook is one of the most experienced, respected and well-connected stunt co-ordinators in the business. When specialized teams need to be assembled for complex and extraordinary stunts, Shelley’s extensive experience can put the right people in the right place at the right time.


Jennifer Fox’s accomplishments in filmmaking are beyond impressive. She has won Best Documentary Film and Best Cinematography from the Sundance Film Festival, and a Gracie Award for Best Television Series for American Love Story.
Fox and her My Reincarnation team raised a record-breaking $150,000 on Kickstarter, the most ever for a campaign for a finished film and the second highest ever raised for a documentary.

Want to know how she did it? Well, she will share all of her secrets (most…) at Women Making Waves!



Science Fiction and Fantasy television has always been at forefront of casting women in lead roles, but in recent years the number of female led shows that delve into the freaky and strange has exploded. From the locally shot Haven and its lead Audrey Parker, to the sexy world of a succubus in Lost Girl, to the story of the world’s only female werewolf… women in sci-fi are hot!

So get ready to geek out… Women Making Waves will feature showrunners Daegan Fryklind, Emily Andras, and Shawn Piller who will talk all things ladies in sci-fi.



Most of us have had the pleasure of attending a songwriter’s circle, hearing our favorite tunes and learning how our favorite artist’s were inspired to write them. Well, how many of us can say that we have been to a screenwriter’s circle? Probably less. And how many of us can say we have been to a screenwriter’s circle featuring award-winning filmmaker Ruba Nadda? None. For now!

Learn more about these talented screenwriters showcased and make sure you don’t miss this once in a lifetime event!

Ruba Nadda was born in Montreal and studied English Literature at York University before taking a six-week course in film production at New York University Tisch School of the Arts. She made several award winning short films, including Lost Woman Story, Do Nothing, Interstate Love story, Wet heat drifts through the afternoon, So Far Gone, Damascus Nights, I would suffer cold hands for you, Black September, Laila, Slut, and Aadan before writing and directing the features Sabah, Cairo Time, which earned Best Canadian Feature Film at Toronto International Film Festival and Rotten Tomatoes best reviewed film (Romance) of 2010, and Inescapable. She is now gearing up with producers Danny Iron and Christine Vachon to shoot her next movie, October Gale starring Patricia Clarkson.

Deanne Foley is an award-winning filmmaker who made her mark with award-winning comedic shorts,Trombone Trouble and The Magnificent Molly McBride. Her debut feature, Beat Down, garnered three Canadian Comedy Award nominations including Best Direction and won five awards at domestic and international film festivals including Best Debut Award at the Female Eye Film Festival in Toronto and Best Narrative Feature at the Portland Oregon’s Women Film Festival. Currently, Deanne is in post-production on her sophomore feature, Relative Happiness, a romantic comedy, based on the best-selling novel by Cape Breton writer, Lesley Crewe. She is also developing several feature films with writing partner, Iain MacLeod, including I Hate Rich Kids and an adaption of Lesley Crewe’s Shoot Me.

Louise Lalonde is a screenwriter and digital media producer. She has written, directed, and produced several short films and is currently working toward producing feature films. She runs an annual series of workshops, the PEI Screenwriters’ Bootcamp, and has recently begun producing audio books by Atlantic Canadian authors.


Melissa Silverstein is a writer and speaker with an extensive expertise in the area of women and Hollywood. She is the founder and editor of Women and Hollywood, one of the most respected sites for issues related to women and film as well as other areas of pop culture. Women and Hollywood educates, advocates, and agitates for gender parity across the entertainment industry.  She is the Artistic Director and co-founder of the Athena Film Festival — A Celebration of Women and Leadership — at Barnard College in NYC. The fourth annual festival took place from February 6-9, 2014.

Melissa recently published the first book from Women and Hollywood, In Her Voice: Women Directors Talk Directing, which is a compilation of over 40 interviews that have appeared on the site.  She was one of the recipients of the 2013 Susan B. Anthony Award from the NYC Chapter of the National Organization for Women.

She is a columnist for and her work has been featured on CNN, the BBC as well as in Newsweek, Salon, Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, NY Times, and many other publications. Women and Hollywood was named one of the top 100 websites for women by ForbesWoman in 2013, 2012 and 2011.  In 2011, Melissa was named one of the Top 100 Arts tweeters by the Times of London and in 2010, she was named one of 10 film critics to follow on twitter by Flavorwire.  In 2008, Women and Hollywood was named by More Magazine as one of the “blogs to watch,” and in 2009, it was named “Best Hollywood blog” by

Melissa has experience working on social media marketing campaigns and events for a variety of films.  Recent films include: My Week With Marilyn, The Iron Lady, Gloria Steinem: In Her Own Words, Dancing Across Borders, Bright Star, The Boys are Back, Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg, Cheri, Sunshine Cleaning, Last Chance Harvey, Revolutionary Road, Hounddog, The Duchess, A Previous Engagement, Then She Found Me, The Business of Being Born, Becoming Jane, Bend it Like Beckham, and The Hours.

She has also worked on several high profile public education campaigns including Take Our Daughters to Work Day and the Pro Choice Public Education Project, and she was the founding project director for The White House Project and prior to that was the chief of Staff at the Ms. Foundation for Women.  She is a member of the Alliance of Women Film Journalists and NY Women in Film and TV.

Her writing has been featured in The Washington Post, NY Times, More Magazine, the Women’s Media Center, Equality, the Magazine of the Human Rights Campaign, wowOwow, Huffington Post, Zoom in Online, Alternet, Ms. Magazine; ivillage among others. She was a contributor to The Tattooed Girl: The Enigma of Stieg Larsson and the Secrets Behind the Most Compelling Thriller of Our Time.


Mar 10: PEI Pulse

logo09.4965806 Mar 10: PEI PulseBy Louise Lalonde

The deadline for this year’s PEI Screenwriters’ Bootcamp is fast approaching.  Submissions must be sent by April 3, 2014.  All of the details are available here: There are no application fees and no workshop fees.  Again this year, the event takes place over five days beginning Victoria Day weekend.  There are three workshops on offer:  Writing a Feature, Writing a First Draft, and Writing for the Small Screen. Professional development assistance is available through provincial governments.  A bit of advice from the organizers:  Story is the most important component of your submission.  Producers are looking for Canadian stories with reasonable budgets that will appeal to a broad audience  Feel free to get in touch with if you have any questions or concerns.

Periscope Pictures’ Cheryl Wagner is happy to be working for Super Channel once again. Cheryl is on a national team of Script Analysts who read submissions to the Super Channel Development Fund, which launched in November 2013.  The second deadline was February 28th and Cheryl is currently busy reading and analyzing.  Cheryl was the Prince Edward Island Super Channel Creative Development Officer from 2008-2010.

February 3: PEI Pulse

Telefilm Jason and Harmony February 3: PEI PulseBy Millefiore Clarkes

PEI Filmmakers Up for Telefilm Microbudget Program

Director (and WIFT-AT member) Harmony Wagner and producer Jason Rogerson’s script, Kuperman, was recently selected by a jury of industry professionals to represent the Island Media Arts Co-op and Prince Edward Island in Telefilm’s Microbudget Feature Film Program. The project now moves on to a national competition, where a Telefilm jury will review the 28 entries from across Canada and select 8-10 films to fund.

“This is a golden opportunity,” says producer Jason Rogerson. “A project of this scope could really bring some attention to the many great filmmakers, actors and technicians here on PEI. It could only lead to bigger things for the PEI film industry as a whole.”

Produced by Periscope Pictures, Kuperman is a feature length, micro-budget comedy about Griffin Kuperman, a smalltown zero who must face his fears, snap out of his fantasty world, and become a hero in order to save his comic book store, his friendship and himself.

“While most of us don’t own comic book stores or live in that world, it’s a story I think a lot of people can relate to,” says director Harmony Wagner. “The comedy is outrageous at times, but the stakes are very real.”

The team is extremely grateful to have the support of the Island Media Arts Co-op and Telefilm Canada as they move forward with their application. If selected, Kuperman will shoot later in 2014.

News from Susan Rodgers

PEI Filmmaker Susan Rodgers now has the first three books of her Drifters series available online and in print! A Song For Josh, Promises, and No Greater Love are set partly on the fictional television series Drifters, shooting in Langley, BC. PEI runaway Jessie Wheeler is an actor and singer who was discovered while busking on the streets of Vancouver. The books are about the friendships one can find on a television series, and Jessie’s mantra ‘There is Always Hope’ gets the cast through some tough times. Available where all ebooks are sold.

Susan is now finishing the edit on her documentary The Healing Place. Next project is a feature drama, fingers crossed!

Filmmaker Jenna MacMillan has been selected for the NSI Online Short Film Festival

In A While, a short film by PEI Filmmaker Jenna MacMillan, has been selected for the NSI Online Short Film Festival. In A While tells the story of twenty-something Paul who is asked to check in on his aging grandfather, Russell. He makes an unexpected discovery.

The NSI Online Short Film Festival is the only year-round, 100% Canadian online film festival. New films are added to the NSI website weekly. All NSI website content can be accessed for free.

Jenna MacMillan says, In a While is inspired by the relationship of my late grandparents who were married for 56 years. I’m excited that their story will be seen by audiences across Canada.”

Watch In A While and all of the other selected Canadian shorts in February, 2014 here:

Just Passing Through – A PEI-Based Web Series

Prince Edward Island filmmaker and WIFT-AT member, Jenna MacMillan was Associate Producer for the highly acclaimed series Just Passing Through, which was funded by the Independent Production Fund. The 22min/episode, 7 episode series employed many PEI film professionals in 2013 and has garnered over 200,000 views since launching in November. John Doyle, Television critic for the Globe and Mail named the series #6 on his list of Top 10 Canadian shows of 2013. Check out the show here:


Free five-day introductory and advanced screenwriting workshops.

No application fees!

Your screenwriting career starts here.

The Island Media Arts Coop is looking for creative writers who want to develop skills in writing for the screen-based entertainment industry. The focus at this year’s PEI Screenwriters’ Bootcamp will be on writing dramatic web series and low and micro budget features.

Louise Lalonde, Project Coordinator, is pleased to announce that Tom Shoebridge, a seven-year veteran of Bootcamp will once again bring his own special brand of professional development that leaves participants ready to tackle their first project. She adds that ” For the more advanced writers, Bill Boyle will be working with individuals, getting their first draft on track, and Jill Golick, award-winning producer of Ruby Sky P.I. is back for a return engagement mentoring writers in developing dramatic series for both the web and television. Louise has been coordinating this event from day one and is happy to report that “we have so many success stories now that it’s impossible to ignore the importance of this workshop series in building careers. “

Once again, a two-day introductory workshop will be on offer for the general public for a minimal fee. Details will be available in the spring.

IMAC is working closely with all of its sponsors, in particular, Telefilm Canada, the Independent Production Fund, Astral Media, Super Channel, and Innovation PEI by offering these workshops to Atlantic Canadians and building our Canadian film and video industry one story at a time.

The deadline for submissions is April 3 and the workshops are being held from May 17 to 21, 2014 at the Haviland Club in Charlottetown, PEI. This year, the organizers are waiving the application fees and removing one more barrier for hopeful writers. For more information, visit

ISLAND GREEN: a bi-coastal screening event presented by Open Cinema and the PEI Certified Organic Producer’s Co-op

ISLAND GREEN is a lyrical documentary produced by the National Film Board and directed by Millefiore Clarkes, that contemplates the future of farming on Prince Edward Island. Island Green is being screened as part of Open Cinema’s first ever Connect the Docs multi-city hybrid screening event. This initiative is newly supported by the Canada Media Fund. This innovative multi-city hybrid cinema event will take place in both Victoria, BC and Charlottetown, PEI at 7pm local time on Wed. Jan. 29th. The screening of the film will be followed by post-screening discussion in both locations, and the two conversations will be connected via Livestream, Twitter and Facebook, providing opportunities for online engagement on the issue, no matter where you are in the world.

Everyone is encouraged to join in the discussion before, during and after the screening on Facebook or on Twitter #opencinema.

For more info. on the film go here:

For more info. on Open Cinema go here:

Join the Facebook Event:

WIFT-AT Represents at Silver Wave!

 1385631 622520891131272 1106885993 n WIFT AT Represents at Silver Wave!The Silver Wave Film Festival kicks off tonight with a gala screening of Gia Milani’s All The Wrong Reasons. WIFT-AT would like to congratulate our members who are screening their films throughout the weekend:

Gia Milani, Jennifer Mawhinney, Kaleigh Stultz, Victoria Clowater, Melani Wood, Martine Blue, Ruth Lawrence, Louise Lalonde, Leigh McFarlane, Pamela Lovelace, Anna Petras, Sarah Gignac, Sherry Smith, Lisa Rose Snow, Lora Campbell, Gwyneth Christoffel, Dawn George, Krysta Rudofsky, Harmony Wagner, Jenna Marks, Britany Sparrow and Christine MacLean. You can check out the full program here.

Also, as part of the Silver Wave Film Festival’s Industry Series, WIFT-AT is proud to present Who’s Your Muse?

WHEN: Friday November 8th, 11:15AM-12:30PM
WHERE: Upstairs Auditorium, 732 Charlotte Street, Fredericton, NB

Host: Christine McLean, documentary writer/director, radio host, television consultant, member of Women in Film and Television – Atlantic.

Guests: Britany Sparrow, NB Filmmaker (Chopsticks); Ruth Lawrence, NL Filmmaker (Talus and Scree); Pamela Lovelace, NS Producer (The Long and Short of Barry Small)

In ancient Greece, the Muses were goddesses who inspired artistic creation. Today women are more likely to be the artists themselves. But where are they turning for inspiration? What are the origins of their locations, stories and characters? We will talk to several remarkable filmmakers about whom they draw upon for encouragement, mentorship and creative inspiration. You might be surprised by the age, gender and even familial relationships of their muses. You may even want to challenge them on their choices. Join New Brunswick broadcaster and documentary filmmaker, Christine McLean, as she reveals the secret sources of creativity of women working in contemporary Canadian film.

For more information about the Industry Series, the Silver Wave Film Festival, or the filmmakers in the panel go to


Oct 7: PEI Pulse

Queens of the Crows Oct 7: PEI PulseBy Millefiore Clarkes

Harmony Wagner’s short film Queen of the Crows has been requested to submit by the organizers of the 2014 New York International Children’s Film Festival. NYICFF is North America’s largest film festival for children and teens, with a sold-out audience of 30,000 and a marketing reach of over 2 million. The NYICFF jury includes Gus Van Sant, Geena Davis, Jeffrey Wright, Susan Sarandon, and Matthew Modine.

Gretha Rose, President of Cellar Door Productions on PEI has been asked to attend the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival as a panelist. Gretha will be on the panel: Financing Opportunities and How to Fund your Film (Thursday Oct. 24th – 9:30am) and the annual Face 2 Face Pitch Session (Thurs. Oct. 24th, 2-4pm). Gretha says of this opportunity: “I have always wanted to attend the Festival but it always conflicted with other events. So, to go and to be asked to participate, is a double dream of mine.” You can find out more about the festival here:

WIFT-AT and Cellar Door Productions are planning a mixer for member and non-member women involved in the film and television industry in PEI.   We’ll be gathering at Cellar Door Productions on Wednesday, October 30, from 4-6 pm. There will be refreshments and a few surprises.  Mark it in your calendar.  For more info, call Louise at (902) 566-1353 or by email:

The will also be an opportunity to gauge the group about setting up a series of monthly talks by various members called ‘She Talks’ under the WIFT-AT banner.
PEI Pulse is compiled by Millefiore Clarkes. Millefiore is a filmmaker and documentarian from Prince Edward Island. Her work can be viewed online at

Sep 9: Meet the 2013-2014 WIFT-Atlantic Board of Directors!

Jan Miller (NS), international mover and shaker extraordinaire, will steer our WIFT-Atlantic ship as Chair.  Jan is the founding Chair of WIFT-Atlantic, now celebrating its fifth year. We are very thankful that she has agreed to stay on to guide and inspire us for one more year! (And she’s a WIFT-AT WAVE Award Winner!)

Cat LeBlanc (NB) is back for a second term on the Board. Yay! With her legendary work and involvement at the NB Film Co-op, she will continue as our NB contributor to Tidings, and is also on our Membership Committee. (And she’s a WIFT-AT WAVE Award Winner!)

Elaine Shannon (NB) is our new Board member for NB. With her varied background in communications and particularly her knowledge of social media, she will greatly enhance our on-line presence with the Communications Committee.

Crystal Parsons (NL) is one of our 2 new Newfoundland Board members, and is active in both the film and theatre community on the Rock. We are looking forward to having her on the Board and increasing our activities and profile in NL.

Shara Desiree King (NL) is our second new member from NL, and says she is excited to start a new adventure with us. With her active involvement in the St. John’s community as a first AD and as a director, we already know she will bring great energy to our organization.

Louise Lalonde (PE) was one of our founding Board members, and we are thrilled to have her back. She is an active voice in and contributor to our community, producing the PEI BootCamp. (And she’s a WIFT-AT WAVE Award Winner!)

Renée Laprise (PE) just joined the Board at the end of August for PEI and is the newly appointed ED of IMAC. Good for us, she has  graciously agreed to chair of our Programming Committee because she says that she loves to ‘facilitate’ – you gotta love that!

Andrea Levesque (NS) is back for her second term on the Board. Yay! As Operations Coordinator at the local DGC, she’s heading up the Governance Committee. We are also very happy she has volunteered to return as co-chair of the Women Making Waves Conference for 2014.

Cindy D’Orsay (NS) is new to the Board for NS and a treasure. Besides working in film, she also has a background in the financial industry, and managing non-profit projects and fundraising events. She is pursuing charitable status for WIFT-Atlantic, and will be on the Development Committee.

Dominique Gusset (NS) is back for her second term on the Board which we’re all very happy about! As one of just a few female cinematographers, she will continue to promote and enhance the technical and crafts areas of our industry to our members through the Membership Committee.

Nance Ackerman (NS) is a new Board member for NS. With her award-winning background in both documentary film and journalism, she brings a new vision and plan of action to our Communications Committee.

Sarah Macleod (NS) may be a new member of our Board, but she is not new to WIFT-Atlantic! She has been invaluable as our part-time (and over-worked) assistant for the last three years, and we are very happy to have her knowledge and expertise on the Board, She will also be co-chairing the Women Making Waves conference with Andrea.

Sherry Smith (NS) is also a new Board member for NS. As an award winning performer and as past President of ACTRA Maritimes, she will be a wonderful asset drawing actors into our community, as well as contributing to Tidings from Nova Scotia.

Valerie Bachynsky (NS) is another of our new Board members for NS with wonderful qualifications. With her extensive experience in international business development, strategic planning and communications, she is already working on our Business Plan with the Development Committee and leading the Breakfast Club Series.

Annett Wolf (NS), a director, writer, producer and journalist was one of the founders of Women in Film and Television International (WIFTI)! She is also our WIFTI liaison and special advisor.

Quite a wonderful line up for the coming year!

Jun 10: PEI Pulse


WIFT-AT honored Gretha Rose with the 2013 Salute Award at the recent CBC Gala of the Island Media Arts Festival in Charlottetown. The award includes one year’s free membership to WIFT-AT as well as a free pass to the 2014 Women Making Waves  Conference. Gretha Rose is the owner of Cellar Door Productions Inc. which has built its reputation as a creative and diverse television/cross media company, specializing in brand development, creative producing, financing, producing and distributing quality, value based reality, travel, animated and live-action productions with National and International partners. Chef Michael’s Kitchen, The Village Feast, Chef at Home, Chef Abroad, Chef at Large, The Inn Chef, Are We There Yet?, Doodlez, The True Meaning of Crumbfest, Eckhart, Scrapbook Studio, Island Vets, Ghost Cat have been some of the original created programming.

Cellar Door is an Award winning company with several Geminis and a James Beard for its various programs. Cellar Door’s current focus is executive producing and content development for branded entertainment opportunities in all media through various formats. Gretha resides in Charlottetown and is proud to have been able to build Cellar Door from the ground up…right here in her own back yard.

by Louise Lalonde

This year’s PEI Screenwriters’ Bootcamp has just ended and went off without a serious hitch. The energy from the group of seventeen on the last day was certainly a testimonial to a constructive and exhilarating five days.  All of the producers who heard pitches on the last day expressed their enthusiasm for the writers and the properties they were pitching.  Hopefully, we’ll be seeing some of these projects on our screens in the not-too-distant future.  The fortune tellers who were on hand as part of the entertainment for the industry dinner had some pretty interesting predictions both for the participants and the producers as well as the coordinator (a.k.a me).

I am always amazed at the amount of support out there from the producers who take the time out of their busy schedules to hear pitches and offer up advice and direction to the participants.  In particular, I want to thank Cheryl and Harmony Wagner (Periscope Pictures), Mark Sandiford (Beachwalker Films), Gretha Rose (Cellar Door Productions), Donna Davies (Ruby Tree Films), and Marguerite Pigott (Super Channel) for giving so generously of their time and helping to make the PEI Screenwriters’ Bootcamp an exclusive and worthwhile event. Marguerite Pigott also delivered an impressive two-hour session on pitching.   The industry dinner was loads of fun and the lobster meal supplied by Cellar Door Productions was as good as it gets.  Part of the wrap activities included a meal provided by BDO Canada and a motivational talk by Gretha Rose of Cellar Door Productions.

Bill Boyle Screenwriting Workshop – On Friday, May 24 & 25 as an add on to the PEI Screenwriters’ Bootcamp, WIFT-AT and Cultural Affairs PEI sponsored a workshop on screenwriting facilitated by Bill Boyle who was on the Island to mentor the advanced screenwriting workshop for Bootcamp. Fourteen people attended the workshop of which four were WIFT-AT members.  WIFT-AT offered one lucky member a reimbursement of their workshop fees, and Gretha Rose was the lucky winner.


The 2013 Island Media Arts Festival took place in the heart of Charlottetown for four days (May 23-26) of intensive film celebration. Cheryl Wagner, the Festival Coordinator, was pleased to see the enthusiastic response from local audiences and support from local business, as well as engagement from the film community both on PEI and from across Atlantic Canada. The festival was full of highlights and one such highlight was screening the NS feature ‘The Disappeared‘ while having on hand director Shandi Mitchell for enthusiastic questions from the audience. Harmony Wagner’s 2012 321 Award-winning short film ‘Queen of the Crows’ was premiered at the CBC Gala, and PEI filmmaker Millefiore Clarkes along with producer Jason Arsenault won the 2013 321 Award for their upcoming production ‘Islands’. Andrew MacCormack won Audience Choice Award for his film ‘Here and Away’, and Justin O’Hanley won the Young Filmmaker of the Year Award. All in all a reaffirming and inspirational time.

The PEI Pulse is compiled by Millefiore Clarkes. Mille is a Producer/Editor/Director with her company One Thousand Flowers Productions. She has been creating documentaries, music videos, web series, and experimental work for a number of years. Check out her work at Mille’s work has been screened at festivals such as The Vimeo Film Festival, The Atlantic Film Festival, and RIDM and she has won the Music Video of the Year Award from MusicPEI as well as the WIFT-AT Salute Award.

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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!


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!


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



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


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

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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

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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


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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


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May 6: PEI Pulse

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PEI filmmaker and WIFT-AT member, Millefiore Clarkes recently had her short lyrical documentary film ONCE again TORONTO screened at the Halifax Independent Filmmakers Festival, alongside her music video Stealin’ for musician Catherine MacLellan. ONCE again TORONTO is also currently selected in the National Screen Institute’s Online Film Festival and can be viewed here

Island Media Arts Festival 2013

WIFT-AT member Cheryl Wagner is up to her pierced earlobes in all things IMAF2013 – the Island Media Arts Festival  – that runs from May 23rd to 26th in Charlottetown.

Cheryl is coordinating this much-anticipated event which includes working with the committee selecting from almost 100 entries from every Atlantic province, scheduling the nine screenings and three industry panels, and planning the parties, her true talent.

For the first time in the 4 year history of the festival IMAF2013 will include feature films and is excited to be bringing both The Disappeared and Blackbird to PEI.

IMAF2013’s closing night is the CBC GALA and AWARDS  night which showcases Island films exclusively  will include works by WIFT-Atlantic members Mille Clarkes, JoDee Samuleson, Louise Lalonde and Jenna MacMillan. Plus Harmony Wagner’s Queen of the Crows, the winner of last year’s  CBC 3-2-1 Award will debut.

Cheryl hopes WIFT-Atlantic members will come to ‘ the little film festival of big dreams’. And she promises . . FREE POPCORN !

For more info go to: or contact Cheryl Wagner at