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!

Sarah MacLeod on the 5th Annual Halifax Independent Filmmakers Festival

By Sarah MacLeod

Film enthusiasts gathered in the Regency Ballroom at the Lord Nelson Hotel in Halifax to celebrate Atlantic Canadian female filmmakers and their new works on April 7th during the 5th Annual Halifax Independent Filmmakers Festival.

The Halifax Independent Filmmakers Festival (HIFF) is dedicated to the exhibition of film and video as art, in a noncompetitive festival setting free from commercial and industry agendas. Focusing on Canadian artists and on the short film as a form of expression, HIFF takes place over seven days each spring in Halifax, Nova Scotia. It is presented by the Atlantic Filmmakers Cooperative (AFCOOP).

“WIFT-AT’s Women In Atlantic Canada program was a new addition to the festival’s line-up this year and with the amount of submissions and interest surrounding it, it was quite clear that there was a need to showcase the talent that is coming out of our region.” says Sarah MacLeod, HIFF Festival Coordinator.

The selected films:

  • December in Toronto – Millefiore Clarkes , PEI
  • Four Sisters – Wanda Nolan, NL
  • Mud – Fran Di Cesare, NS
  • Ken Fucks Up – Ruby Boutilier, NS
  • In Season – Shelly Faishan, NS
  • Ghost Noise – Marcia Connolly, NS
  • IDA – Susan Wolf, NS
  • What Remains – Eva Madden-Hagen, NS
  • Home – Jacquelyn Mills, NS

Family was definitely a recurring theme among the films, as well as charming animations and the adventures of a lonesome Ken doll doing his best to win back his Barbie. Following the screening, WIFT-AT’s Chair Jan Miller hosted an engaging and inspiring panel discussion with the filmmakers who were in attendance.

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About the Atlantic Filmmakers Cooperative (AFCOOP)
The Atlantic Filmmakers’ Cooperative is a member-run arts-centre for the production and presentation of creative films in a collaborative, learning environment. It is also an inclusive, welcoming organization that has undertaken outreach efforts to reach artists who are members of under-served communities.