Congratulations to the winners of the 2021 Wave Awards!

The WAVE Awards acknowledge remarkable individuals working in film, television or screen-based media. They are presented at WIFT-AT’s annual Women Making Waves Conference.

We invite you to nominate an individual who you believe is remarkable and deserving of recognition. Some of the qualities that previous selection committees have considered as award-worthy include:

  • Contributions and accomplishments
  • Emerging talent
  • Vision and leadership
  • Outstanding dedication for behind-the-scenes support

While the spirit of the WAVE award originated in honouring women and gender minorities, people of any gender can submit nominations and be nominated for the award. There is no limit on the number of nominations submitted by any one person.

Nomination Steps

Nominations for the 2022 Wave Awards will open in early 2022. 

Please bookmark this page and check for updates on the 2022 nomination deadline, rules and forms.

A nomination submission must include the following: 

1. A nomination pitch write-up (500 words max.). This document should detail why your nominee(s) should be recognized by WIFT-AT. You may want to list any volunteer work, awards, achievements, and accomplishments of your nominee.

2. A résumé and/or filmography of the nominee(s).

3. Contact information for both yourself and the nominee(s).

4. One letter of recommendation is required, and an additional letter of support is optional. No more than two letters of support per nomination please. 


Check here for updates on the February 2022 deadline. 

All nominations are kept confidential, and the award recipients will be announced at the 2022 Women Making Waves Conference. If you have previously submitted a nomination that was not selected, please consider resubmitting. There is a new selection committee each year.

Questions about the nomination process? 


Photo by Claire Fraser

2019 Wave Award recipients, Teresa Macinnes, Juanita Peters and Ruth Lawerence join Wave Award presenter and Spotlight conversation guest, Tamara Podemski. 

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The 2018 Wave Award recipients from left, Janet Hawkwood, Rachel Bower and Terry Greenlaw. Photo by Claire Fraser. 

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2016 WAVE Award Recipients Lara Cassidy and Annette Clarke with Jan Miller.

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Ann Bernier, Christine McLean, Donna Davies with Dr. Wanda Thomas Bernard.  Photo Credit: Michelle Doucette

2017 WAVE Award Recipients: Ann Bernier, Christine McLean, Donna Davies with The Honourable Dr. Wanda Thomas Bernard. 

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2016 WAVE Award Recipient Dominique Gusset with Sarah MacLeod

Words from Previous WAVE Recipients

“Receiving the WAVE Award was both a humbling and an exhilarating experience. One works at making a contribution to the film industry out of passion and love, and so winning an award for doing something one chooses is especially satisfying. And in this arts-thriving region receiving the WAVE joins me to the impressive list of amazing women who have come before me. I am so grateful and proud to have received it, and hope a whole new generation of women continue to make waves in our special part of the country.”

– Noreen Golfman, 2014 WAVE Award Recipient

“To be honoured by Women in Film and Television was an absolute delight for me  because women understand just how difficult it is to survive in the world of film making. The landscape is shifting around us at an extraordinary rate and we have to find more ingenious ways to get our work onto the screen. We are still sadly under-represented in the film and television industry and our efforts to correct that imbalance are crucial to our own survival and that of future generations of women film makers.”

– Barbara Doran, 2014 WAVE Award Recipient

“The WIFT-AT WAVE Awards celebrate the smart, strong and talented women working in Atlantic Canada’s audiovisual industry. The list of winners is a remarkable group of accomplished women and I was truly honoured to be recognized among these names.”

– Linda Wood, 2014 WAVE Award Recipient