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"If there’s specific resistance to women making movies, I just choose to ignore that as an obstacle for two reasons: I can’t change my gender, and I refuse to stop making movies."


- Kathryn Bigelow, Director (Zero Dark Thirty, The Hurt Locker) 




Presented by Women in Film and Television Atlantic, the WIFT-AT Award for Best Director honours the outstanding achievement of a WIFT-AT member based in Nova Scotia. 

Directors from across Nova Scotia are creating outstanding screen-based projects and we want to recognize and celebrate these remarkable artists and their work by shining a light on one accomplished filmmaker who is highly deserving of recognition.


WIFT-AT encourages directors identifying as female to submit their screen-based projects of any genre, length, or format. Projects completed after January 1st, 2018 are eligible for entry. This award is open to FULL members of WIFT-AT.


Not a member? 



The WIFT-AT Award for Best Director will be presented during the Screen Nova Scotia Gala Awards on Friday, May 3, 2019. 


To enter, please complete the Entry Form HERE


Deadline for entries: March 18, 2019 


Questions? Contact us at info@wift-at.com  



Donna Davies


President, Ruby Tree Films

Donna Davies is a filmmaker from Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. Her foray into film began at Island Media Art Co-op and The Atlantic Filmmaker’s Co-op where she made a number of shorts including, Town Shoe Repair, Seven Crows and A Space for Sara.

Donna began making documentaries at the National Film Board of Canada where she wrote and directed The Kitchen Goddess and the feature length music documentary A Sigh & A Wish.


She went on to make dozens of award winning films on topics as diverse as child labor to zombies.  Donna’s films have received accolades at film festivals worldwide and been broadcast on CBC, Bravo, Space, Vision TV, The Movie Network, The Independent Film Channel and Starz and EPIX in the US.


Donna’s feature documentary Nightmare Factory, which tells the story of how the world’s top make-up fx artists changed the face of Hollywood, has won dozens of international awards including Best Documentary Feature at the Atlanta Horror Film Festival, Award of Excellence at Indie Fest and The Audience Award for Best Feature Film at the 2012 Mile High Horror Film Festival.


Her most recent feature doc, Fanarchy, which looks at the evolution of fandom, is now airing on Movie Network and EPIX and HULU in the US.  The film has many numerous awards including best documentary at the Boston Scifi Festival and a Nova Scotia Screen Award for best documentary.


Donna is a member of the Canadian Media Producers AssociationWomen in Film and Television Atlantic and Screen Nova Scotia.

(Bio courtesy of Ruby Tree Films)

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