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.
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