February 3: How to be a WIFT-AT Champion

JanAndHusband February 3: How to be a WIFT AT ChampionI love the word CHAMPION, both as a noun (an advocate, promoter, supporter, booster!) and as a verb (stand up for, lobby for, fight for, crusade for, stick up for!)

WIFT-AT created the Champion sponsorship category for a couple of reasons. Many of us don’t have the big bucks to take a more significant sponsorship role, but we love WIFT-AT’s Women Making Waves and what it offers the wide community. We want to share it with everyone!

Become a Champion for $100 – $200 and your contribution will go a long way, not only to support WMW, but also to help a student or WIFT-AT “sister” who really would love to attend the conference but just can’t afford it right now. You can step in as a Champion and purchase their registration!

If you don’t have anyone in particular in mind, send a quick email to info@wift-at.com to let them know that you would like to purchase a Champion Registration and the WMW Committee will match it up with the perfect person to benefit from your thoughtfulness! The gift can be anonymous or just between you and the recipient which often makes both parties feel especially good.

I happily participated as a Champion last year and look forward to championing a new “sister” in 2014!

Jan Miller
Chair, Board of Directors, WIFT-AT


Leveraging the Power of Social for Television and Film

Tuesday, November 26th 8:15 – 9:30AM

After the resounding success of last month’s get together with Lisa Bugden, CEO at Film & Creative Industries Nova Scotia, we are so excited to offer another in our Breakfast Club Series! This month you will get to know social media like you’ve never known it before. Join us to dive a bit deeper into the world of social networking and its role in the future of marketing for television and film. Explore the new social trends and how they can help producers, directors and other industry personnel bring their projects to fruition. Please join us for a coffee and a lovely morning with some amazing women!


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Get your social media marketing fix and catch Frances Leary, President of internet marketing firm, Wired Flare. Frances, a Texan-Canadian entrepreneur, is a writer, speaker, online strategist and storyteller. After earning an MA in Folklore and studying how cultures tell their stories and market them for profit, she opened the doors to the Halifax-based online marketing firm Wired Flare in 2011. Frances’ recent work with Cinecoup’s Red Horizon helped promote them to the Top 10.


WHEN:  Tuesday, November 26th 8:15 – 9:30AM

WHERE:  BoyneClarke LLP office, 99 Wyse Road, Suite 600, Dartmouth

TO REGISTER:  please contact:  Krista Reage at BoyneClarke LLP, kreage@boyneclarke.ca , 902-406-3400 ext 197

*As seating is limited, please reserve by Friday, November 22nd, with priority given to WIFT-AT members.

WIFT-AT Introduces New Breakfast Series

BOYNECLARKE LLP and WIFT-AT are thrilled to present the Breakfast Club SERIES

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Lisa Bugden – October 29, 2013 8:30am

Grab a coffee and bagel and talk business with some amazing women! Join us at our new Breakfast Club presentations on business issues for women in the film, television and screen-based media industry. Network with women that can help you become a better creative entrepreneur, with presentations on everything from the business of production, marketing and distribution to rights and partnerships.

We will be kicking off our Breakfast Club on October 29th at 8:30am with the inspiring Lisa Bugden, President and CEO of Film and Creative Industries Nova Scotia who will share her vision for Film and Creative Industries here. Before coming to the film world, Lisa was VP with Nova Scotia Business Inc., where she helped home-grown businesses become global competitiors. Come hear Lisa’s secret behind her passion for collaboration and fostering relationships in the creative sector here in the Maritimes.

And on November 26th, get your social media marketing fix and catch Frances Leary, President of internet marketing firm, Wired Flare. Frances, a Texan-Canadian entrepreneur, is a writer, speaker, online strategist and storyteller.

After earning an MA in Folklore and studying how cultures tell their stories and market them for profit, she opened the doors to the Halifax-based online marketing firm Wired Flare in 2011. Frances will open your eyes to a new way to view the world of online marketing.

WHERE:             BoyneClarke LLP office, suite 600 99 Wyse Road, Dartmouth, 8:30am

TO REGISTER  please contact Krista Reage at BoyneClarke LLP by email kreage@boyneclarke.ca or call  902-460-3400  ext. 197


*As seating is limited, please reserve early, with priority given to WIFT-AT members.

Jun 10: Tidings is on Summer Vacation

Tidings Newsletter will be taking a break during the summer months. But don’t worry! You can still get all of your WIFT-AT news by following us on Twitter and on Facebook!

Twitter: @wiftatlantic

Facebook: Women in Film and Television-Atlantic

Thanks for reading and we’ll see you in September!

Also, we are always looking for stories, so if you have something you want to see in Tidings e-mail us at newsletter@wift-at.com. And we’re always looking for volunteer writers!

Hollywood Screenwriter and Author in Charlottetown


Do you ever think about writing a screenplay?


Charlottetown, April 10, 2013–Whether you’re thinking about it or you’ve got a couple under your belt, this workshop is a unique opportunity for emerging and professional and writers to develop new skills.  Women in Film and Television–Atlantic (WIFT-AT) and the Island Media Arts Coop (IMAC) are jointly sponsoring two days of lectures and conversation with Hollywood producer, director, author, Bill Boyle, on the craft of writing the picture perfect screenplay.  This workshop is an extension of the PEI Screenwriters’ Bootcamp.

Bill Boyle is an award winning screenwriter, University of California Extensions Instructor in screenwriting and author of The Visual Mindscape of the Screenplay.  He has been rated by Creative Screenwriting Magazine among the top 10% of Script Analysts and Consultants, and he has been involved in the film industry in both Canada and the U.S. for over 25 years as a writer, director, agent, producer, story editor and mentor.

Mr. Boyle will be mentoring a group of writers during the PEI Screenwriters’ Bootcamp and is extending his stay in PEI in order to deliver this two-day workshop.  During the workshop, participants will learn the fundamentals of writing visually–the essence of the perfect script!   These sessions are suitable for all levels of writers and do not require special training or experience.

All WIFT members in attendance will be eligible to WIN their $100 registration fee.  Draw will take place during the workshop.

Participants can choose to attend one or both days, as content of day one will reveal the most basic and fundamental truths about cinema and a unique approach to writing for film; and day two will include a recap of day one along with an exploitation of the visual aspects of story and ways to enhance the overall storytelling experience as well as a question and answer session on everything from how to write the kinetic logline to how to sell your script.

This workshop is being held at the Haviland Club, 2 Haviland Street, Charlottetown, PEI from 10 am to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 24 and 25.

Following is the workshop fee structure:

  • $120 Early Bird Rate (by May 10);
  • $100 Rate for members of WIFT or any film coop in Atlantic Canada (IMAC, NIFCO, NBFC, AFCOOP);
  • $150 Regular Rate;
  • $75 for those who can only attend one day.

For more information or to register, visit www.peiscreenwritersbootcamp.net or contact louise@peiscreenwritersbootcamp.net  (902) 566-1353   Seats are limited, so don’t wait.



Feb 11: All Access Pass Award Opens Doors for Women in Screen Industry

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Women in Film and Television – Atlantic (WIFT-AT) is offering its members a chance to experience all of the film festivals in Atlantic Canada – plus an event pass to the prestigious Women Making Waves conference – through the All Access Pass Award.

The award is presented annually to a deserving female working in screen-based media whose career will be assisted through this amazing learning and networking opportunity.

“The All Access Pass Award equipped me with both the financial support and boundless morale needed to immerse myself in the film circuit across the region,” says filmmaker Ashley McKenzie, who received the inaugural All Access Pass Award in 2012.

“I strongly encourage local filmmakers to apply for this special award. It is unique in not only offering much-needed funding, but also surrounding the recipient with a hugely supportive and caring family – Women in Film and Television-Atlantic. The incredibly knowledgeable women who run this organization offered me mentorship whenever I needed it. Whether it was a casual phone call or urgent e-mail, they drew on a vast network of industry professionals to provide invaluable guidance when I needed it most. Becoming part of this family is the part of the award that will extend far into my career as a filmmaker.”

Along with delegate passes to seven festivals, the All Access Pass Award includes professional development meetings, representatives at each festival to show her around, and $1,000 cash!

The following will be awarded to the successful female recipient:
- one year annual membership to WIFT-AT
- one delegate pass to the annual WIFT-AT Women Making Waves conference


One delegate pass to every major film festival in Atlantic Canada including:
- Halifax Independent Filmmakers Festival (HIFF) (April)
- Island Media Arts festival (IMAF), PEI (May)
- OUTeast Film Festival in Halifax, NS (June)
- Nickel Independent Film Festival, NL (June)
- Atlantic Film Festival (AFF) in Halifax, NS (September)
- St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival (SJIWFF), NL (October)
- New Brunswick Silver Wave Film Festival (SWFF), Fredericton, NB (November)
- International Festival of Francophone Film and Video in Acadie (FICFA), Moncton, N.B.(November)

Application deadline is June 2013, with the winner announced mid-summer. Stay tuned for the 2013 call for applications!

Women in Film & Television – Atlantic (WIFT-AT)
info@wift-at.com | 902-877-5307 | www.wift-at.com

Oscar Stars Shine Brightly in Halifax at Cloudburst

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Oscar-winning actresses Olympia Dukakis and Brenda Fricker are in Halifax Wednesday for a Q&A at Empire Park Lane after the 7 p.m. screening of Thom Fitzgerald’s movie, Cloudburst. (SHAUN SIMPSON)

Oscar winners Olympia Dukakis and Brenda Fricker will be in Halifax as Women in Film and Television (WIFT) Atlantic co-present Cloudburst on Wednesday, December 12 at 7pm at Park Lane Mall. Nancy Regan will host a Q&A with the stars at this special screening. WIFT members receive $4 off regular admission!

“WIFT-AT is thrilled to co-present this wonderful evening featuring a remarkable, multi-award winning local film, with both of its incredible actresses in attendance,” said Jan Miller, founding Chair of WIFT-AT. “It is a huge honour to have Olympia Dukakis and Brenda Fricker with us in Halifax to answer questions directly from the audience, following the 7:00 pm film.”

Cloudburst was first produced as a stage play at Plutonium Playhouse in April 2010. It won the 2011 Merritt Award, Nova Scotia’s theatre award, for Best New Play. The film, written and directed by Thom Fitzgerald and shot in Nova Scotia, debuted at the 2011 Atlantic Film Festival Atlantic Gala. It has travelled the worldwide festival circuit, winning 27 Best Picture Awards.

This romance stars Olympia Dukakis and Brenda Fricker, along with Ryan Doucette and Genie winner, Kristin Booth. A supporting cast of many Nova Scotia actors are featured, including Michael McPhee, Marlene O’Brien, Randy Boliver, Mary-Colin Chisholm, Steve Arnold, Jeremy Akerman, John Dunsworth, Kevin Kincaid, Juanita Peters, John Beale, Mark Owen.

Dukakis and Fricker play Stella and Dot, two women who have lived together for 31 years on the coast of Maine. When Dot’s granddaughter places Dot in a nursing home after a fall, away from her mate, Stella must break Dot out and make a dash for Nova Scotia, where gay and lesbian marriage is legal. Filled with earthy humour, touching moments and ravishing landscapes, Cloudburst sees Fitzgerald taking the margins towards the mainstream in a film richly full of compassion, wonder and humanity.

Cloudburst is now playing in Halifax cinemas. Join WIFT Atlantic, Olympia Dukakis, Brenda Fricker and Nancy Regan on Wednesday, December 12 at 7pm at Park Lane Mall. Regular showings at Empire Theatres at 4pm, 7pm, 9:30pm and weekends at 1pm.


RSVP Here: https://www.facebook.com/events/500092833363574/?fref=ts
Watch the Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Ce-6-SX_6dQ


Nov 21: Halifax Reel Talk with Shandi Mitchell

Trial by Water: The Disappeared  Director Shandi Mitchell Featured Guest at Reel Talk

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Shooting your first feature film is challenging enough. Imagine doing it in fifteen days, in September, on a raft in the Atlantic Ocean. That’s what filmmaker Shandi Mitchell did for her debut feature film, The Disappeared.

WIFT -Atlantic and Carbon Arc Cinema are pleased to announce filmmaker Shandi Mitchell will be the featured guest for Reel Talk: Conversations with Women in Film and Television. Ms. Mitchell will be in conversation with writer, publicist and communications consultant Skana Gee.

WHEN: 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. • Wednesday, November 21, 2012

WHERE: Carbon Arc Cinema • 1747 Summer Street (Museum of Natural History) • Halifax, NS.

COSTWIFT-AT members are FREE, non-WIFT-AT members $6.

Parking, Wheelchair accessible

Shandi Mitchell is an author and filmmaker. Her award-winning short films have been featured at festivals across North America. In 2008, she was awarded the Canada Council’s Victor Martin-Lynch Staunton Endowment in Media Arts. In September 2012, her feature film The Disappeared made its festival premiere as the Atlantic gala at the Atlantic International Film Festival to sold out and encore screenings. The Disappeared recently completed a critically acclaimed Canadian festival run and was nominated for a Discovery Award at the Calgary International Film Festival, was shortlisted for Best Canadian Feature at Vancouver International Festival, and won honorable mention for Best Feature at AFF. The film continues its festival run internationally and is slated for theatrical release Spring 2013. Her debut novel Under This Unbroken Sky was simultaneously published by Penguin Canada, Weidenfeld & Nicolson (UK) and Harper Collins (US) in August 2009. It has sold in nine countries, including translation rights for Chinese, Hebrew, Dutch and Italian. Under This Unbroken Sky won the 2010 Commonwealth Regional Prize for First Book (Canada/Caribbean), the Thomas Head Raddall  Fiction Award, the Margaret and John Savage First Book Award, and the 2012 Kobzar Literary Award. It has also longlisted for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Raised on the prairies, Shandi now makes her home on the east coast of Canada, very close to the water, where she lives with her husband, Alan, and their dog, Annie.

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Skana Gee is a longtime newspaper reporter and editor who fell into the world of film and television publicity when The Daily News folded in February 2008. After trial by fire on a show called Canada’s Super Speller, she began doing freelance communications for non-profit organizations, government, business, and other film and TV productions, including Cloudburst, Roller Town, Roaming, A Drummer’s Dream, Haven and currently, Seed and Call Me Fitz. She keeps her hand in journalism by writing for magazines such as Halifax MagazineEast Coast Living and Saltscapes. She has a partner, two mostly wonderful kids, and is still intimidated about interviewing people in front of an audience.

NIFTY Links of the Week: September 26th


Women  in  Film  &  Television  International  Showcase  2013

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WIFTI will be accepting two films from eligible Chapters across the globe. Its selection committee and Showcase Producer could choose YOUR film to represent our Chapter in the 2013 Showcase screenings around the world!

WIFTI Showcase Submission Form


Digital  Marketing  for  People  Involved  in  Screen-Based  Production

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Oct. 23 & 24th, 2012 9:00am – 6:00pm The Halifax Club, Halifax, NS

An intensive hands-on workshop is open to independent film, TV, interactive, web series and transmedia producers as well as to marketing and communications managers and consultants providing services to the production industry.

Julie Giles of GreenHAT Digital will lead this workshop with guests Annelise Larson, Digital Strategist, Veria Search Media Marketing; Mickey Rogers, Business Development Coach, M Rogers Media; and Catherine Tait, President Duopoly, Founder iThentic.
DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION:  October 1st, 2012  Registration Fee:  $100

A Program of the Independent Production Fund presented in association with Film Nova Scotia.


Call  for  Proposals  from  Status  of  Women  Canada

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The purpose of this call for proposals is to invite funding applications for projects that promote equality for women and girls, and reduce gender-based violence in Canada. These projects consist of a number of predetermined elements. Eligible organizations must include these elements in their proposals. The projects under this call for proposals fall into four thematic areas:

If your organization has solid roots in the community, works effectively with partners, and wants to achieve concrete results for local women and girls, this opportunity may be right for you.

Deadlines for applications:

  • Preventing and reducing violence against women and girls in high-risk neighbourhoods –  October 12, 2012
  • Engaging men and boys in ending violence against women and girls – October 12, 2012
  • Preventing and reducing violence against women and girls in the name of “honour” – November 9, 2012
  • Preventing and reducing the trafficking of women and girls through community planning – November 9, 2012


Call  for  Candidates

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A selective training programme and development centre for independent European producers. Since its creation, more than 275 feature length fiction film producers from 28 European territories have joined its ranks.

Telefilm Canada’s agreement with ACE will allow for two Canadian producers to participate in ACE MUNDUS Programme 2013, one producer from the English market and one producer from the French market. This agreement covers – for both producers – the following costs: tuition costs, travel from Paris to Finland and back, accommodation and subsistence expenses in Europe. Canada/Paris round-trip airfare is covered by ACE.

Deadline to communicate your interest in applying to ACE (mandatory) to noemi@ace-producers.com: October 15, 2012


Call  for  Entries  for  the  42nd  International  Film  Festival  Rotterdam

Rotterdam, Netherlands, January 23 to February 3, 2013
(Feature and short films – narrative or documentary)

Telefilm Canada is currently accepting Feature Film entries on behalf of the Festival and will coordinate a consolidated shipment of the feature films submitted via Telefilm. Short Films must be submitted directly to the Festival.

Deadline for feature films, (60 minutes) submitted directly to the festival: November 1, 2012

Deadline for short films (up to 60 minutes) completed after July 1, 2012 to submit directly to the festival: October 1, 2012

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The International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR), one of Europe’s biggest and most important film events, focuses mostly on innovative and independent cinema.

The event attracts up to 3,000 press and film industry representatives who attend the festival or take part in CineMart, the largest co-production market for film projects that brings together financiers and filmmakers.


Call  For  Applications

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FILM 5 is a professional film-training program for Writers, Directors and Producers culminating in the opportunity to produce a five-minute film.

-       Cash and services to produce a five-minute film
-       Mentorship and instruction from industry professionals
-       Relationship building opportunities with the local film community

Approved Teams will receive $7,500 in cash and over $25,000 in services to complete a five-minute film. They will complete a two-day shoot in March or April, and see their projects through post-production to final delivery of a release print or digital finish.


Questions? Call 902.405.4474 email membership@afcoop.ca


Micro-Budget  Production  Program

The Micro-Budget Production Program, launched on June 27, 2012 , targets emerging talent in Canada’s audiovisual industry and will support them in the production and release of a first feature-length film, with an emphasis on digital platforms and their potential for wide distribution and audience involvement. As part of this Program, Telefilm will support eight to ten projects this year, through a non-repayable financial contribution of up to $120,000 per project. This contribution must be used to produce, distribute and promote a feature-length film that will be available to the general public through one or more distribution platforms, with a primary focus on digital platforms. Projects to be submitted to Telefilm for evaluation will be recommended by a diverse group of industry partners. The list of partners is available here. To be eligible, an applicant must be a student or a recent graduate of a production program offered by one of the Program’s partners, or a recent member of a film cooperative that is listed as a partner in the Program.

For more details, please read the Guidelines and FAQ available below. The various documents required or needed to submit an application, including the application form, will be made available in the coming weeks. Regional Directors, Industry Promotion will act as contact persons for this program (see information below).

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Deadline for designated partners to submit a candidate recommendation – December 28, 2012

Deadline to apply for financing for candidates recommended by a designated partner – January 31, 2013

Call  For  Submissions

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HIFF is pleased to announce the Call for Entries for four screening programs at the 2013 festival:

  • Atlantic Narrative Screening: Recent narrative short works from Atlantic Canadian writers, producers, or directors.
  • WIFT-AT Atlantic Women In Film Screening: Recent short works from women writers, producers, or directors from Atlantic Canada
  • Atlantic Experimental Screening: Recent experimental short works from Atlantic Canadian writers, producers, or directors.
  • Music Video Showcase: Recent music videos made by Canadian filmmakers.

The deadline for entries is February 15, 2013. Click here for the Submission Form and for more details.


And some articles you may be interested in….

Sydney Levine Talks TIFF….and how it wasn’t your typical underrepresented film fest.



Sept. 7: Beat Down Premieres at First Weekend Club, Halifax.


Support it on Opening Weekend!

Friday, September 7th, 6:45 pm
Halifax Empire Theatres Bayer’s Lake (190 Chain Lake Drive)
Followed by a Q&A with Director Deanne Foley, and a reception at Montana’s Bar & Grill (194 Chain Lake Drive).

In support of the Halifax premiere of Beat Down, First Weekend Club and Women in Film and Television – Atlantic (WIFT-AT) are hosting the 6:45 pm screening of Deanne Foley’s award-winning feature film at Empire Theatres Bayer’s Lake, on Friday, September 7th. There will be a Q&A with director Deanne Foley after this screening followed by a reception at Montana’s Bar & Grill.

Beat Down is an irreverent comedy about wrestling, family and following your dreams no matter how painful that can sometimes be.  The film, starring Robb Wells (Trailer Park Boys) & Marthe Bernard (Republic of Doyle), has been creating much buzz with sold-out screenings in Canada and the US on the film festival circuit and collecting awards along the way. Beat Down is photo 2161446 resize 380x253 Sept. 7: Beat Down Premieres at First Weekend Club, Halifax. directed by Deanne Foley (The Magnificent Molly McBride), co-written by Deanne Foley & Iain MacLeod (Trailer Park Boys) with Paul Pope (Sundance award-winning Grown Up Movie Star, Rare Birds) as producer.

“It’s great that the film that we all worked so hard on over the last 5 years has been given a chance to reach a wider audience. And an emerging Canadian female filmmaker, I’m honoured to be able to participate in this cool event, sponsored by two hard-working and vital organizations in the film industry, FIRST WEEKEND CLUB and WIFT-Atlantic. It allows the film community and beyond the opportunity to celebrate and acknowledge the amazing talents of my proudly Canadian cast and crew on the night of our theatrical premiere.” says director, Deanne Foley.

Fran White (Marthe Bernard) is a headstrong teenager and a real firecracker.  More than anything else, she dreams of becoming a professional wrestler.  Her single-father Whitey (Robb Wells) is a former pro (known as ‘White Lightning’ in the ring) is dead set against Fran wrestling.  But Fran is determined, and when Whitey’s old rival ‘Dark Thunder’ (Tony Nappo) comes to town, she runs away to join his tour.  Whitey is devastated and while he tries to get his daughter back, Fran learns the ropes of the wrestling game and of life itself.

It has become crucial for audiences to support films on their opening weekend as each Canadian film faces the enormous challenge of competing with the big budget American blockbusters.  First Weekend Club Board Member Jan Miller explains why those first weekend numbers are so important, “At the end of a film’s opening weekend, the exhibitor reviews the numbers in the box office for the revenue of each film. If a movie doesn’t bring in the audiences during that first weekend, exhibitors, with their eye on the bottom line, often will not hold a movie over for a second weekend to build its audience. So, bums in seats is what we can do to launch a movie we love.”

Beat Down was produced with the generous participation of Telefilm Canada, The Newfoundland and Labrador Film Development Corporation, Astral’s The Harold Greenberg Fund, The Movie Network, and Corus Entertainment’s Movie Central.

Watch the trailer: www.beatdownmovie.com

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About First Weekend Club

First Weekend Club is a national, non-profit organization that was created to help change that statistic by building audiences for great Canadian films. Through Q&A’s with filmmakers and actors, contests, premiere parties, advance screenings, film alerts, and much more, First Weekend Club encourages members to attend opening weekend screenings in order to keep Canadian films in theatres longer. Hence the name, “First Weekend Club”.

About Women in Film & Television

WIFT-AT is a non-profit professional association that networks our members and advances the careers of women working in film, television and screen-based media based in Atlantic Canada.

Created in 1973 in Los Angeles, WIFT is an international network of over 35 Women In Film and Television chapters worldwide with more than 13,000 members on six continents. WIFT continues to grow with a mandate to be a global network dedicated to the advancement for women in professional development and achievement in film, video, and all other screen-based media.