CBC Presents the 2020 Pitch Competition
Everyone has a
story to tell.
2020 will mark the 10th annual Women Making Waves Conference. Our pitch competition is a highlight of the event as WIFT-AT members are given the opportunity to pitch their short film scripts, and one lucky winner will receive a prize package that includes the resources to help produce their winning script!
2020 Pitch Competition Details:
All applicants must have written a short film script. Applicants are not required to structure their scripts around a particular theme or category – the sky is the limit!
Competition is open only to WIFT-AT members (not a member yet? Join here)!
Once all scripts have been submitted, five selected applicants will have the opportunity to receive coaching to prepare for the big pitch from international consultant pitching and story consultant Jan Miller.
The same five finalists will have the opportunity to present a five-minute pitch before a selection committee of screen-based media experts and a live audience during the Women Making Waves Conference on Saturday, March 7, 2020 in Halifax.
What do I need to submit my pitch?
Film title, genre, length (max. 7 min)
Stage of development
Short synopsis (max 60 words)
Long synopsis (max 350 words)
Script (if available, max 7 pages)
Team member resume(s)
Director's vision statement.
The Deadline for submissions is February 14, 2020
The 2020 Pitch Competition Prize Package will include more than $15,000 in prizes including $5,000 cash and approximately $10,000 of in-kind services from William F. White, Hideout Studios, and 902 Post.
All entries are to be sent to Conference Coordinator, Abigail Pye at
What happens if I am selected to be a finalist?
Five finalists will receive coaching to prepare for the WMW public pitch from international pitching and story consultant, Jan Miller.
Five finalists present their five-minute pitch before a selection committee of screen-based media experts and a live audience during the Women Making Waves Conference on Saturday, March 7, 2019, in Halifax.
Applicants must be present in Halifax to compete. Pitches by Skype or video are not accepted.
The winner of the competition will be announced at the Conference WAVE Awards dinner immediately following the competition.
Please note that applicants are responsible for their own travel to attend the pitch competition in Halifax during the Women Making Waves Conference on Saturday, March 7, 2020.
Note: The filmmaker of the winning pitch must have a producer in place before the signing of the agreement with WIFT-AT and agrees the completion of their film must occur within one year from the date of the agreement execution.
Questions about the pitch competition? Contact Dana Publicover at email@example.com
Pitch Competition Prize Package Recipients
Stewart Young, Executive Producer - Arts and Documentary programming - CBC Atlantic, presents 2019 Pitch Competition prize recipient, Jenna Murphy with her prize package following the Wave Award Celebratory Dinner Saturday night. To complete her film, 'Molly Needs to Pee', Murphy received a $5,000 cash grant courtesy of CBC, as well as in-kind production and post-production services from 902 Post, William F. White International Inc. and The Hideout Studios. (Claire Fraser photo)
Jenna Murphy, Nova Scotia (2019)
Molly Needs to Pee
Jenna was 14-years-old when she first attempted to write a screenplay. It was the best episode of Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place that has ever been written in the pages of a Hilroy Scribbler.
Over the years, her writing migrated to an electric typewriter, and after learning how to program Microsoft Word, it finally evolved to her very first computer (which she earned while working at Blockbuster video). As she began adulthood, Jenna graduated from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design with a film degree and a truckload of debt.
Today, Jenna is a germaphobe with anxiety, who works with germy chaotic children and she loves every minute of it. Her film work often revolves around youth, mental health, and the female experience. She is passionate about telling stories that momentarily allow audiences to escape their troubles. Her ultimate filmmaking goal is to make someone's favourite film someday.
If you are looking for Jenna you should check the Atlantic Filmmaker's Co-operative, where she is a board member and moderator for their monthly script circle. Otherwise, she can be found in bed surrounded by books, notepads and a script in progress.
Courtesy of Jenna Murphy
Amy Trefry accepts her prize package for her winning pitch following the 2018 competition. (Claire Fraser photo)
Amy Trefry, Nova Scotia (2018)
All the Owls
Re-locating to Halifax in 2016, Amy has found an exceptional community of talented and passionate actors, filmmakers, and artists to immerse herself in.
Discovering the incredible willingness to share, teach, and mentor within this community, she has been grateful for the continual opportunity to grow and contribute as a performer and creator.
Amy holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology, with a specialization in Criminology, and a Masters of Science in Environmental Sciences, throughout which she studied food security in South Africa.
She has been a nomadic traveler recently, having spent much of the last five years abroad living, working, and exploring with her partner. Her connection to the arts has been constant, despite the many other endeavours she has taken on.
Amy has increasingly made acting her primary focus, although continues to work part-time as a yoga instructor, life coach, and personal wellness coach through her business, Full Element Living.
Courtesy of Amy Trefry
Tamar Dina was thrilled to take home the prize package for her short film, Hits like a Woman, in 2017.
(Michelle Doucette photo)
Tamar Dina, Nova Scotia (2017)
Hits like a Woman
Tamar Jacoba Dina creates in multiple disciplines. Exploring contemporary issues through feminist perspectives in music, film, writing, and visual art, she uses humour as an approach to making political work accessible to broader audiences. She gears her practice around the question, 'What kind of world do we want to live in, and what might it look like to get there?'
She finds inspiration and direction from the art and activism of Indigenous people and people of the African Diaspora, working with communities and individual collaborators through grassroots and feminist organizations for over ten years.
Dina studied musicianship at Douglas College and graduated from Dalhousie with a minor in Creative Writing and major in English before pursuing a career in the media arts and artistic direction. She is currently based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and accepts work in Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver.
Courtesy of Tamar Dina