WIFT-AT Nova Scotia Best Director Award

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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) 

How To Submit

Presented by Women in Film and Television - Atlantic (WIFT-AT), the 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 Nova Scotia-based directors to submit their screen-based projects of any genre, length, or format. Based on feedback from members, we have expanded eligibility to films released after July 1, 2019, recognizing that the COVID-19 pandemic greatly impacted the number of films released in 2020. This award is open only 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 in Fall 2021. 


To enter, please complete the Entry Form.


Deadline for entries: May 21, 2021. 


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

Meet the Recipients

Heather Young (2020 Recipient)


Heather Young is a filmmaker originally from New Brunswick now living in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She made the short films HOWARD AND JEAN (2014), FISH (2016) and MILK (2017). Her first feature MURMUR (2019) premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival where it won the FIPRESCI Prize for the Discovery Programme and went on to win the Grand Jury Prize at the Slamdance Film Festival and the Canadian Screen Award for Best First Feature.

Jackie Torrens (2019 Recipient)

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Jackie Torrens is a Halifax-based actor, writer & film director. With producer Jessica Brown, she is co-owner of Peep Media, a documentary production company. Jackie’s documentaries have aired on CBC, the Documentary Channel, Vision, Bravofactual and have been singled out for recognition in the Nova Scotia Legislature. Her documentary films include Edge of EastMy Week on WelfareFree ReinsSmall Town Show BizRadical Age and Bernie Langille Wants to Know Who Killed Bernie Langille. The latter was selected by Telefilm to represent Canada at the prestigious Clermont-Ferrand Film Festival, and garnered Jackie WIFT-AT's Best Director award and Screen Nova Scotia's Best Short Film award. Jackie’s radio documentaries include The Poet Laureate of Youth Now, which received an Atlantic Journalism Award and Camp Mini Ha Ha, which received a CBC Award of Excellence.


Recently, Jackie played Hamlet in The Tragedy of Hamlet at Neptune Theatre, co-produced by herself and director Ken Schwartz. Her work as Drucie McKay in three seasons of Thom Fitzgerald's mini-series Sex & Violence was recognized with a Best Actress in a Drama nomination by the Canadian Screen Awards. She is currently in production for her second documentary feature.

Donna Davies (2018 Recipient)


Donna Davies is a filmmaker from Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. After making a number of short films at the Island Media Arts Co-op and the Atlantic Filmmakers Co-op, Donna went on to write and direct the award-winning films Kitchen Goddess and A Sigh & A Wish, for the National Film Board of Canada.  


Since setting up her own production company she has written, directed and produced numerous documentaries, feature docs and doc series for CBC, Bravo, WTN, The Movie Network, The Independent Film Channel, Vision TV, HBO, Starz, EPIX, Netflix and Hulu. 


Her feature documentary, Nightmare Factory, won dozens of international awards including Best Documentary Feature at the Atlanta Horror Film Festival, Award of Excellence at Indie Fest, Maverick Movie Awards for Best FX and Best Documentary at the Rhode Island International Film Festival.