WIFT-AT is governed and operated by a volunteer Board of Directors with a full-time employee in the Executive Director role. Directors are elected by the membership to WIFT-AT’s board at the Annual General Meeting in June, for a term of two years. Vacancies are filled as needed by the Board, mid-term. A sustained volunteer role in the organization, Regional Advisors consult with the Board and Executive Director to broaden regional perspective and input. Other volunteer roles are filled, shorter term, as needed.
Board (she/her), Newfoundland
Andie Bulman is a chef, librarian, comic, writer, and filmmaker who cares about food, equal and fair access to information, sustainability, jokes, and the oxford comma.
She’s co-hosting, co-writing, and co-producing two FIBE children’s television shows which will air this coming fall. Andie’s also hosting a new segment on CBC’s Here and Now entitled Habitats in Decline and is the new features and review editor with RiddleFence Literary Magazine.
She’s delighted to be working with WIFT.
Regional Advisor (she/her), Prince Edward Island
Grace Kimpinski is the Executive Director of the Charlottetown Film Society and Festival Manager for the Charlottetown Film Festival, as well as the Festival Director of the Island Fringe Festival. She has a significant history in the PEI non-profit sector, and extensive experience in project management, event coordination, and communications.
Regional Advisor (she/her), New Brunswick
Jillian Acreman has been making films since 2009, with her feature Queen of the Andes winning Best Canadian First Feature at the Victoria Film Festival in 2021. She is the NB Film Co-op’s new President, and an instructor at the NB College of Craft and Design. She is based in Fredericton.
Executive Director (she/her), Nova Scotia
Joanne comes to WIFT-AT from a varied background that encompasses strategic leadership, filmmaking, communications and marketing, change management, and non-profit governance.
Joanne has led, volunteered, and worked for many Atlantic Canadian artist-run centres and arts organizations, including the Khyber Centre for the Arts, Linda Joy Media Arts Society, Moving Images Group, and the Atlantic Filmmakers Cooperative. She has also enjoyed many positions in public service business transformation, most recently leading the Avalon Sexual Assault Centre in organizational renewal as their Interim Executive Director. Social justice, inclusion, and healing are at the heart of her engagements.
Board (she/her), Nova Scotia
Growing up, I was fortunate to have both of my parents working in the film industry. It provided me with the unique opportunity to see how productions worked behind the camera and not just the finished product like most people see. I would visit my parents on set and sometimes I even got to do background work. Whether it was a small or large production, I was able to see all the moving parts — all the crew members working in tandem to complete a singular goal— and it fascinated me, even though I did not completely understand what they were doing through my young eyes. I believe my drive came from swimming competitively, which I did twice a day, five days a week, between ages 9 and 17. It taught me discipline and work ethic, which I have carried into my career in film production today.
Since graduating from the NSCC Screen Arts Program, I have been actively involved in the film industry, working on television and feature film productions including BOOK OF NEGROES, MR. D., and all three seasons of DIGGSTOWN (Season 3 currently in production). I’ve also been actively involved with WIFT-AT over the years, both as a member and a volunteer in the capacity of volunteer coordinator.
Board (she/her), Nova Scotia
Kelsey Power was trained to work in television and took courses related to the history and presentation of cinema through her undergraduate education at the University of King’s College, where she obtained a Bachelor of Journalism (Honours). She wrote about documentary filmmaking in Canada for her honours project.
She participated in New Waves in 2016, and became WIFT-AT’s programming and conference coordinator for 2017/18. Following this she has sat on the board and is now Co-Chair of the Communications Committee.
Kelsey has been the production coordinator for John Walker Productions Ltd., since 2018. She was the production and post production coordinator of Assholes: A Theory. She completed a CMPA Nova Scotia Production Mentorship Program with Vertical Productions Inc., from October 2019 to March 2020. Since October 2020, Kelsey has acted as production coordinator, researcher, and writer for the productions of Firefly Digital Media – Half Speed Adventures, Maritime Made, and Wild Spaces. After completing the 2020/2021 WIFT-AT Mentor Match program with McLean Media in January 2021, Kelsey has been production managing its latest episode of The Nature of Things.
Kelsey has also worked as a background actor, movement performer, videographer, camera assistant trainee, camera assistant, production assistant, assistant animator, assistant set dresser, IATSE 667 camera trainee, director, producer, publicist, juror, and production consultant.
Board Co-Chair (she/they), Nova Scotia
Koumbie is an award-winning director, writer, and actor. In front of the camera they have appeared in a number of local productions with reoccurring roles on shows including CBC productions; Mr. D, Diggstown and Addison, as well as the final season of Outtv’s Sex & Violence.
Since going behind the camera, Koumbie has directed a number of award-winning short films including the Short Film Face-Off winner Hustle & Heart, a 1k wave film, Ariyah & Tristan’s Inevitable Break-Up, and an episode of the Screen Nova Scotia ‘Best Series’ winner Studio Black. In 2016 she was named a “One to Watch” by Sea & Be Scene, in 2018 she was selected as a Five in Focus: Atlantic Director and in the same year won a Telefilm Talent to Watch Grant.
Currently working on their first feature film B y s t a n d e r s, Koumbie is drawn to stories that feature new voices and perspectives.
Board (she/her), Nova Scotia
The paths our lives take can be filled with twists, turns and at times, daunting challenges. It’s not until we look back and connect the dots that we realize, although as difficult and convoluted our course of direction may have been, we wind up exactly where we are supposed to be.
I’ve been involved in Film and Television for over 40 years, working throughout Canada, the US, Europe, Asia, Central and South America; taught photography at the College level in England for 2 years, an ACTRA member for over 30, a member of SAG/AFTRA, a Stunt Performer, Stunt Coordinator, Intimacy Coordinator….and a solo single mother of 2 for 24 years.
Wind the clock back 40 years and the obstacles for women in this industry were many and massive. There have been great steps taken for gender parity, diversity and equality but; without strong mentorship opportunities, educational resources, support and encouragement there is a void in skillset and foundational knowledge; all which are paramount to move forward and upward in a profession that we are so passionate about.
Still, to this day, I am met with gender challenges; the reality being, there are centuries of pre-programming to shift. I’d like to lend a gentle hand and voice, in support of that shift so women can thrive and pursue their dreams.
Melānie Mendez Munden
Board (she/her), Nova Scotia
Melānie Mendez Munden immigrated to Canada, Nova Scotia 36 years ago from the Philippines. She graduated in Montreal at College LaSalle from Fashion Design and came home to Nova Scotia to pursue her career in Fashion and opened her studio Mekizo Designs at the former CN building on Barrington St. She was on the board of Shakespeare by the sea, started fashion shows for charity Manna for health, Aids coalition and Coverdale.
With dreams in tow, Melānie travelled back to the Philippines to reconnect with her roots for 6 months and pursue manufacturing. Due to lack of capital she decided to plant trees instead to save her family’s land.
Melānie’s entrepreneurial spirit has led her to move to Toronto and opened a humble cafe on Yonge and Eglinton at 26 where she sold her paintings, Zen gardens and catered events and architect firms.
Melānie joined her family in Vancouver after selling her business in Toronto and continued to work on her painting skills and work with local artists in the area while she built a family of her own.
Melānie now resides in Queensland, Nova Scotia with her teenagers, husband and pets. Melānie owns and runs Cleveland Beach Cottage and frequently runs events, nuptials and fundraisers in the area. She is the vice chair of HABA Hubbards and Area Business association.
Melānie has been the president of interiorsurfaces.ca since 2010 with her life partner. She designs area rugs and carpet for the hospitality and private residences around North America and Asia.
During the pandemic her love of films, movie making and interest in writing she attended workshops at AFCOOP (Atlantic Film Coop) she recently made it into the FILM 5 2020 program and made the short film called Maid about a Filipino Migrant worker. This film showed at FIN Atlantic international Film Festival and has now been in16 festivals around the world and won 5 awards.
Board Secretary (she/her), Nova Scotia
Nadine d’Entremont is the Volunteer and External Relations Manager at FIN Atlantic International Film Festival, where she manages the festival’s volunteer program and coordinates grant proposals. She is also a writing instructor in Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Open Learning and Career Development.
Nadine has written several screenplays, including a short that she produced in 2020. She currently has a feature-length script in Acadian French in development.
Board (they/them), Nova Scotia
Stevey Hunter (they/them) is a trans-nonbinary actor, comedian, and writer based in Halifax/Kjipuktuk. They are a member of award winning local improv company Hello City. They have worked with numerous Nova Scotian theatre companies including: Neptune Theatre, Ship’s Theatre Company, Zuppa theatre, and more.
Most recently they performed their first solo comedy show When You Leave Please Say Nice Things About Me, which was funded by Arts NS and produced by the BST Wrtiers’ Circle. Their play FAT JULIET, a retelling of Romeo & Juliet from the perspective of a fat 16 year old, Juliet, will be presented in Fall 2021. They were a member of AFCOOP’s Film 1 program where they recently shot their first short film Not A Woman.
Stevey is also a 2021 recipient of Screen Nova Scotia’s Diversity Mentorship Program. Selected TV: Diggstown (CBC), Moonshine (CBC), FROM (Epix), Swearnet (TPB) Selected Film: Look At Me (AfroViking).
Board Co-Chair (she/her), Nova Scotia
Tara Lynn Taylor is the co-founder and festival director for The Emerging Lens Film Festival. She is a filmmaker, playwright, actress, multidisciplinary artist, singer and licensed hairstylist. Tara has worked in the film industry as a whole for 19 years in various roles behind and in front of the camera. She is the vice-chair and Diversity & Inclusive Committee team lead of the Link Performing Arts Society (a new arts, entertainment and production hub in Downtown Halifax). She serves as a Board Member for Centre for Art Tapes, Screen Nova Scotia and the Bus Stop Theatre. She is currently a member of AFCOOP, Theatre Nova Scotia, PERFORM Nova Scotia and the Bus Stop Theatre.
Tara is a graduate of the Centre for Art Tapes’ media scholarship program. Tara has screened her short films in various places, has cast local talent in features and TV shows, and has co-coordinated youth media arts March Break Video Camps. Tara has also produced and in some cases starred in, “Dreamgirls”, “The Color Purple” and “The Wiz”, wrote an original musical about the life of Viola Desmond staged at The Spatz theatre in 2018, Dartmouth Players Theatre in 2019 and she is currently writing her new musical works entitled, ”Hood Habits” and “Love, Peace and Hairgrease” in the playwrights Unit under Eastern Front Theatre.
Board (she/they), New Brunswick
Tracey is a queer writer, director, and producer based in Fredericton, New Brunswick. They won the 2020 CBC WIFT-AT Pitch Competition at the Women Making Waves Conference for their short film script “Travelog”. Her first feature screenplay, the queer coming-of-age drama Glitter, received an honourable mention in the FIN Atlantic Film Festival Pitch Competition in 2020, and has been selected by WIFT-AT for consideration of the 2022 Telefilm Talent to Watch program. In October 2022, Tracey is taking Glitter to Iceland for the Reykjavik International Film Festival Talent Lab.
Board Treasurer (she/her), Nova Scotia
Tracy Gaudet comes from a career in business and insurance having worked in both small and large companies. Her introduction to film and television was from working at Fraser & Hoyt in the 2000’s and working as the insurance broker on many small and large productions. In 2015, Tracy moved to St John’s NL. There she was a part owner in a boutique, insurance broker, and worked again in insuring productions, while continuing to operate her own independent consulting business.
She became involved in the local arts community both as a sponsor for local film festivals and awards, serving as a director and secretary of the Nickel Independent Film Festival, and taking part in several programs at NIFCO, both as a participant and presenter.
Tracy moved to Ottawa in 2019 and returned back to her home province of Nova Scotia in 2020. She hopes to fulfill her goals of becoming involved in the industry again and finally working on some projects of her own.