All Access Pass Award
















Please Note: Unfortunately, due to the uncertainty of extended travel restrictions and the format that future film festivals will be taking during the COVID-19 global pandemic, the WIFT-AT All Access Pass Award (AAPA) is cancelled for 2020 – 2021. If you have any questions, please reach out to

How to Apply

The All Access Pass Award (AAPA) is bestowed annually by WIFT-AT to a deserving woman working in screen‐based media. We welcome applications from women working in film, television, and/or digital media.

We are thrilled to welcome the Halifax Black Film Festival (HBFF) to the list of events, bringing the total of complimentary passes available to 10!  The HBFF is held in late February or early March each year.

The AAPA is designed to allow the recipient to travel to the ten main film festivals in Atlantic Canada, and there are numerous additional perks:

  • $1,500 cash from the WIFT-AT All Access Pass Award Fund to be used for travel expenses

  • One-year annual membership to WIFT-AT  

  • One delegate pass to the WIFT-AT Women Making Waves Conference

  • Facilitation for one-on-one meetings with senior WIFT-AT members to discuss professional development

  • Profile feature and photo in the WIFT-AT Tidings Newsletter


One delegate pass to ten film festivals in Atlantic Canada including:

  • Halifax Black Film Festival (February or March)

  • Halifax Independent Filmmakers Festival (HIFF), NS (June)

  • Nickel Independent Film Festival, NFLD (June)

  • OUTeast Film Festival in Halifax, NS (June)

  • FIN – Atlantic International Film Festival, NS (September)

  • Lunenburg Doc Fest in Lunenburg, NS (September)

  • St. John's International Women's Film Festival (SJIWFF), NFLD (October)

  • Charlottetown Film Festival (CFF), PEI (October)

  • Silver Wave Film Festival (SWFF), NB (November)

  • International Festival of Francophone Film and Video in Acadie (FICFA), NB (November)




The WIFT‐AT All Access Pass Award is open to full members of WIFT-AT working in screen‐based media. Applicants will have worked on three professional short or feature-length films, documentaries, television shows, videos or digital media projects. The projects must have received a distribution of some kind.


If you are a woman who has worked on less than three professional works (in television, film, or digital production) and you feel there are reasons you should be considered for this award, you are invited to make a proposal (maximum two pages). Please include the exhibition history of these works and list whether any were student films, web shows, webisode apps, etc.


Applicants must be Canadian citizens or landed immigrants with permanent, ongoing residence in one of the four Atlantic Provinces (Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Newfoundland & Labrador). This means they have lived in one of the four Atlantic Provinces for 12 consecutive months prior to the deadline.


Application Instructions:


  • 300‐500 word letter stating how this award would benefit you as a professional in the industry and augment your professional plans for the forthcoming year

  • Biography or CV (maximum 2 pages)

  • Samples from your work – film, television, or digital media (web links). Also, we welcome any additional support material you feel will be beneficial to your application (e.g. published reviews, photographs, etc.)

  • One letter of support

Please send your application to

Questions? We’d love to help! Reach out to info@wift‐

Past AAPA Recipients


Emily Bridger (2018)

Emily Bridger is a Newfoundland-based filmmaker. Emily was the recipient of the 2016 RBC Michelle Jackson Emerging Filmmaker Award, which she used for her short, Waste It, which premiered at The St. John's International Women's Film Festival and recently screened at the Nickel Independent Film Festival. 


Emily is currently working on her first feature film with director Ruth Lawrence (another alumnae of the RBC Michelle Jackson award) and producer Jenny Howley. The film, Little Orphans, was nominated by the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival for Telefilm Canada’s Talent to Watch program, and was the only film to be selected from the province.

What Emily had to say about winning the AAPA:


"I couldn't be more thrilled to be the recipient of this year's WIFT-AT All Access Pass award. Not only does it give me access, and the means to travel to great film festivals in the Atlantic provinces, it also provides me the encouragement and professional support necessary for making the most of my time at these festivals - it's emboldening as a female filmmaker, and I'm so excited to get to work! " 


Tamar Dina (2019)

Tamar Jacoba Dina creates in multiple disciplines. Exploring contemporary issues through feminist perspectives in music, film, writing and visual art, she uses humour to make political work accessible to broad audiences. She gears her practice around the questions: What kind of world do we want to live in, and what might it look like to get there? Tamar is currently completing her AFCOOP Film 5 short fiction; Cockblock, and in production on her short hybrid doc; Hit Like a Woman.

What Tamar had to say about winning the AAPA:


"As an emerging filmmaker, the opportunity to view the works of my contemporaries, to be in conversation with my peers, to experience first hand the differences and similarities within Atlantic’s film festivals, as well as to learn directly from women who have struggled before me, will accelerate my growth at a wicked rate. The award also provides me a standard for community enrichment to hold myself up to, should I arrive at a place where I can helpfully serve women coming up behind me."  

Lorna Kirk (2017)


Lorna Kirk has been immersed in film and television - as a director, field producer, researcher and editor - since earning her Master's degree in Documentary Film from the University of Manchester, England in 1999.


Her award-winning film, A Little Bit of Freedom, screened at the 53rd Cannes International Film Festival as part of the Kodak Emerging Filmmaker Showcase. A Little Bit of Freedom was also recognized by the International Documentary Association in Los Angeles with its David L. Wolper Award and was screened at dozens of film festivals around the world.


Lorna is a multi- talented filmmaker who has also worked as a writer, researcher and editor of documentary programs.


Lorna's director and field producer credits include the documentary series, Tasty Planet/Cooking Metropolis (BBC 1); Forensic Firsts Season 1 and Season 2 (Smithsonian Channel); the Gemini-Award-wining series, Canada's Super Speller (CBC) and Street Cents (CBC).

Stephanie Clattenburg (2016)

Stephanie Clattenburg is a writer-director with over 12 years experience in the film and television industry. She has recently completed her first feature-length film, which is screening at R2R, a documentary about the gender bias in the music industry titled, Play Your Gender. Aside from her directing work, she is also a camera operator and editor for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.


An accomplished shooter, Clattenburg has directed behind-the-scenes featurettes for several feature films and has edited many short films as a freelance editor. In addition to her career in media production, Stephanie is a professional musician and is a drummer for: The Superfantastics, Two Deaths, and SheMachine.


Clattenburg made her acting debut in 2014 when she starred in Andrea Dorfman’s Heartbeat, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. She is currently in post-production for her time travel themed short film, Play Rewind Play. Clattenburg will be in attendance for both screenings of her film.

Jenna Marks (2015)

Jenna Marks is an ex-world class canoeist and current multi-disciplinary Artist from Nova Scotia, with a strong focus on animated film-making. Marks is considered an auteur filmmaker, meaning she writes, directs, animates and often composes the music for her films.


In the past, Marks has had her work played internationally, even winning top prize at Germany’s Internationales Trickfilm Festival Stuttgart, in their 48th animation challenge. 

Marks’ work is diverse, using a multitude of techniques and genres; however, her work often focuses on stories of the past and incorporates natural elements such as water.


She attended Cannes with her film, How You Turned into a Fish.

Sara Campbell (2014)

Sara Campbell is an actress and assistant director, known for Haven (2010), Wendy and Wanda (2013) and Sibling Rivalry (2013).

Ruth Lawrence (2013)

Ruth Lawrence’s work as an actor, writer and filmmaker has taken her to Ireland, France, the US and across Canada.


As co-artistic director of White Rooster Theatre, she produced and performed in the Canadian tour of MonaRita, a comedy that earned rave reviews and was named Outstanding Ensemble of Fringe Toronto 2011 by NOW.


Ruth won the 2011 Joan Orenstein Best Actress Award for Clipper Gold

at the Atlantic Film Festival and the 2011 RBC Michelle Jackson Award for emerging filmmaker to produce the short film, Two Square Feet

with Jeanne Beker.


She was named the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council’s 2011 Artist of the Year and in 2013 was honoured with the Queen’s Jubilee Medal.

Ashley McKenzie (2012)

What Ashley had to say about winning the AAPA:


“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. 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.”