WIFT-AT Mentor Match

Supported by Telefilm Canada

2021 - 2022 Mentor Match Program

 

Thanks to the generous support of Telefilm Canada, Women in Film and Television Atlantic (WIFT-AT) is excited to announce the return of the Mentor Match program for another year. Building on last year’s success, changes have been made to further support the mentor/mentee relationships and the opportunities for networking among mentee participants. This year’s program will run from July 2021 - March 2022. The announcement of the 2021/22 Mentor Match cohort was made at WIFT-AT’s Annual General Meeting, held June 29th.

 

Mentor Match provides the formalized opportunity for participants to learn from supportive mentors through a series of focussed one-on-one sessions over an eight-month period. “We’re really pleased this year that we have handpicked mentors from across the country to best serve the mentee goals.” says Jan Miller who is heading up the program with Brittany Kerr.  “We are also increasing opportunities for mentees to network with each other over the 9 month period. The Mentee Mixes were very popular last year.” The program also aims to tangibly increase representation and gender equity within the screen industry.

 

Some of the many benefits Mentor Match offers include:

  • Development of the mentee’s craft through one-on-one conversations with mentors

  • Help in establishing a career and personal development goals

  • Gaining a better understanding of the industry and the expectations 

  • Expanding their network and build their confidence

 

"COVID has complicated our ability to easily meet in person but the outcome of this relationship has been more fruitful than we could have imagined.  I recommend my mentee be interviewed for a key position (production manager) on an episode of The Nature of Things that I am co-producing and directing - she was the successful candidate. I feel this is a real success story and proof of the power of mentoring the next generation." - Christine McLean; 2020 - 2021 Mentor

 

2021 - 2022 Mentor Match Participants 

Mentors

Ann Bernier, Producer (The Wild Dogs, Folle Embellie, Fanarchy)

Becky Parsons, Cinematographer, Fine Art Photographer, Director (Rhonda’s Party, Weirdos, Carmine Street Guitars)

Bosede Williams, Director (Designated Survivor, Transplant)

Deanne Foley, Director, Writer (AN AUDIENCE OF CHAIRS, BEAT DOWN)

Donna Davies, Producer, Writer, Director (Monster Proofing, Seven Crows, A Space for Sara)

Emily Bridger, Writer, Filmmaker, Actor (Little Orphans, Our Hell is a Good Life)

Gabriele Schnutgen, Key Scenic Artist (The Book of Negroes, Mr. D)

Heidi Brander, Writer, Comedian (Baroness won Sketch Show, This Hour Has 22 Minutes)

Lea Marin, Director of Development, Drama, CBC

Lori Lozinski, Producer, Violator Films (Sugar Daddy, The Body Remembers When The World Broke Open)

Maggie Thomas, Script Supervisor (The Lighthouse, The Healer)

Melani Wood, Producer (Bone Cage, Invading Giants)

Sarah Byrne, Video Editor (Trailer Park Boys, Seals Of Sable Island Free Reins)

Shelley Thompson, Actor, Writer, Director (Duck Duck Goose; Dawn, Her Dad & the Tractor)

Tamara Dawit, Producer, Gobez Media (Finding Sally, Grandma Knows Best)

Mentees

Ashley Phinney

Cyndi Levine

Danielle d’Entremont

Erica Meus-Saunders

Jennie Cyril

Kaitlyn Adair

Liesl Mulholland

Louise Lalonde

Margaret Donahoe

Megan Legere

Nadine d’Entremont

Rebecca Tremblay

Renee Hackett

Serena Rodgers

Terri Lynn Kearsey

 

“After the success of the inaugural year of the program, we could not be more thrilled to announce the second cohort of the Mentor Match Program,” says the Board of Directors Chair, Brittany Kerr. “So many of our members see the value in mentorship, and thanks to Telefilm Canada, we are able to provide this support and guidance to fifteen more deserving, creative, and talented individuals.