Announced at the 10th Annual Women Making Waves conference in March 2020, WIFT-AT’s Mentor Match Program, supported by Telefilm Canada, was launched in April 2020. The goal of this program was to provide members at different levels of experience, the formalized opportunity to learn from, guide, and support each other through a series of focused one-on-one sessions over a nine-month period.
Thanks to the generous support of Telefilm Canada, WIFT-AT is excited to offer the Mentor Match program to our members for third a time!
The Mentor Match program provides WIFT-AT members with access to mentorship by hand-picked industry professionals. The program aims to tangibly increase representation and gender equity within the screen industry in Atlantic Canada and beyond.
Selected applicants (mentees) will improve their professional skills and industry knowledge through one-on-one sessions taking place between July, 2022 and March, 2023. Potential mentees may be wishing to:
- Develop their craft through conversations with a mentor
- Receive advice on establishing a career and achieving personal development goals
- Gain a better understanding of the industry and the expectations of their chosen or desired career
- Expand their network and build their confidence
Once the mentees have been chosen, an appropriate Canadian industry professional will be hand-selected to become their mentor based on a matching of what they can offer to help this mentee achieve their goals.
This mentor/mentee relationship consists of a minimum of four focused one-on-one sessions over a 9-month period. Mentee participants are also given opportunities to network amongst themselves and with other mentors via mixers and other events. Pairings will be decided upon and announced in June at WIFT–AT’s AGM.
Please read the Eligibility section below for how to apply!
Learn more about last year’s participants:
The 2022 – 2023 Mentor Match application process is open!
Together we can utilize mentoring as an effective tool to help neutralize gender bias and build strong support networks and personal connections. As best we can, we match mentors to mentees in the preferred area of interest of both parties.
The program currently includes four virtual mentor/mentee meetings, as well as virtual “Mentee Match Mixers” every 6-8 weeks – providing plenty of opportunities to mingle and network with fellow participants!
The WIFT-AT Mentor Match program is open to WIFT-AT members in good standing. To become a member, visit our membership page.
There are a limited number of sponsored memberships available for applicants for whom the membership fee would be a barrier to applying. Applicants should select in their application that sponsorship of their membership would be a help to them. Applicants are instructed to indicate their desired mentorship field and goals.
Though we thank all prospective mentees who apply, priority will be given to applications from those who reside in the Atlantic provinces.
Priority is given to Black, Indigenous, People of Colour, People with Disabilities, and LGBTQ2S applicants in keeping with encouraging equity, diversity, and inclusion in all of our programming. Assistance from WIFT–AT staff is offered if needed.
Apply through the linked Google Form no later than May 27th at 11:59PM AST.
Mentorships have been identified by WIFT-AT members as something they want and need. They are effective opportunities to learn from others in the industry.
WIFT-AT invites expressions of interest from industry professionals wishing to join our WIFT-AT Mentor Match’s roster of valued mentors.
Mentors benefit from this program by building their networks and making new connections with both established and emerging talent in the industry.
They can offer a rewarding experience, give back to their community, and have the opportunity to help shape the future of the industry by contributing significantly to their mentee’s growth and development.
For more information, please contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org