CTV Presents New Waves 

Your introduction to the screen industry



Due to COVID 19 pandemic, New Waves is postponed until Fall 2021. Please stay tuned for more information and the application process.


What is New Waves?

Each year, Women in Film and Television Atlantic selects 8-10 participants with an interest in the film and television industry to participate in New Waves, a series comprised of five four-hour workshops that focus on key areas of screen-based media.


Each session covers a wide range of skills: screenwriting, editing, directing, producing, and documentary filmmaking. 


These workshops are led by industry professionals who share our goal of empowering individuals to pursue their interest in, and/or a career in film, television, or digital media.


Registrants are provided with a WIFT-AT membership and admission to our annual Women Making Waves Conference, held in Halifax on March 6 - 7, 2020. Please visit www.wift-at.com for details.



New Waves is designed to introduce participants to various facets of the screen industry.


A series of five workshops in total will be held on Thursday evenings in Halifax from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.


The fee for the entire series is $100


The workshops will cover:

  • Screenwriting

  • Editing

  • Directing

  • Producing

  • Documentary filmmaking


Sessions will take place on:

  • Thursday, January 30

  • Thursday, February 6

  • Thursday, February 13

  • Thursday, February 20

  • Thursday, February 27

  • Saturday, March 7 (Women Making Waves Dinner)


How to Apply 

Email a resume and cover letter that details your interest in the program, any relevant experience, and what you hope to gain from New Waves to Abigail Pye, WIFT-AT Education and Conference Planning Coordinator at abigail@wift-at.com by January 16th, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. AST.

Click here to download and print information about New Waves. 

New Waves is presented by CTV and in partnership with Atlantic Filmmakers Cooperative (AFCOOP).

New Waves Schedule At A Glance


Screenwriting with Shelley Thompson

Thursday, January 30 | 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.


Producing with Ann Bernier

Thursday, February 6 | 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.


Directing with Koumbie

Thursday, February 13 | 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.


Editing with Kimberlee McTaggart 

Thursday, February 20 | 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.


Documentary Filmmaking with Marcia Connelly 

Thursday, February 27 | 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.


WAVE Award Celebratory Dinner

Saturday, March 7 

Meet the Instructors:

Shelley Thompson: Screenwriting

Actor, Writer, Director

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Based in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Thompson trained at RADA (UK), the Canadian Film Centre (Screenwriting 2015), Women In The Directors Chair (Story and Leadership 2016/17),  and was recently one of twelve screenwriters selected from over 1,000 for the NY Writers Lab 2018 (supported by Meryl Streep/Nicole Kidman) for her feature script, Dawn, Her Dad & The Tractor. 

She has received a number of Gemini and ACTRA nominations and awards for her film and television performances. More recently she has received awards for her performances in The Child Remains and Trailer Park Boys.


In 2018, Thompson received the Outstanding Performance by an Actress award at FIN (Halifax International Film Festival) for her role in Thom Fitzgerald’s latest feature, Splinters. 


Her short film, Pearls has won accolades, including  Audience Choice, Best Short,  and played at over 30 festivals. Her latest short, Duck, Duck, Goose won Best Atlantic Short at FIN in 2018 and was recently selected by Telefilm Canada as one of ten shorts for Not Short On Talent at Clermont-Ferrand (February 2019). It will play at festivals in the US, Europe and Canada in 2019, including Kingston, Winnipeg, LA, Miami, Lafayette, and more.


Thompson is also the recipient of the 2018 Women In the Directors Chair Feature Film award for, Dawn, Her Dad & The Tractor. She is married to theatre director/screenwriter Ed Thomason, they are proud parents of singer/songwriter, T. Thomason.

Koumbie: Directing



Koumbie is an award-winning actor, director, writer and producer. In front of the camera, she has appeared in a number of local productions with reoccurring roles on shows including YTV’s Aquateam, CBC’s Mr. D, Studio Black, and Diggstown, and the final season of Outtv’s Sex & Violence.


Since going behind the camera, Koumbie has directed a number of award-winning short films, including the Short Film Face-Off winner Hustle & Heart, a 1k wave feature, Ariyah & Tristan’s Inevitable Break-Up, and an episode of Studio Black S2. In 2016 she was named a “One to Watch” by Sea in Be Scene, in 2018 she was selected as a Five in Focus – Atlantic director and in the same year won a Telefilm Talent to Watch grant.


Currently in the development stage of a number of projects, Koumbie is drawn to stories that feature new voices and perspectives.

Ann Bernier: Producing


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Ann Bernier has over three decades of experience as a professional in the screen industry in Canada. She was Director of Operations and Development at imX Communications Inc. which produced such award-winning coproduction films as Margaret’s Museum starring Helena Bonham Carter, Love and Death on Long Island starring John Hurt and Jason Priestly, and New Waterford Girl.  While there, she produced The Wild Dogs by Thom Fitzgerald and the Canada/France co-production Folle Embellie.  She is a producer on John Walker’s last three feature documentary including his most recent Assholes: A Theory for documentary Channel and has just delivered two one-hour television documentaries to CBC.

Ann also worked at Telefilm Canada as an executive where she oversaw film and television development projects and later the new media fund. Ann left the public sector and joined the Atlantic Film Festival to produce the international co-production conference Strategic Partners for two years with the UK and Ibero-America. For the past 5 years, she has been on the selection committee for Canada’s official selection of the Academy Awards Foreign language film. She now sits on the board of FIN and the CMPA.

Ann is a great supporter of emerging talent and spends time mentoring upcoming filmmakers and producers. She is also the recipient of a 2017 WIFT-AT WAVE Award recognizing her significant body of work. She and her partner Chris Zimmer run Vertical Productions Inc. and are developing a number of projects including two television drama series, the animation feature film Koati and a feature film Monica’s News which just received the WIDC Feature Film Award at Whistler. 

Marcia Connolly: Documentary Filmmaking


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Marcia Connolly is an award-winning filmmaker and video-journalist.


Her independent films have shown at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), Hot Docs, the Edinburgh International Film Festival, the Vancouver International Film Festival and at the Smithsonian Institute.


In response to Connolly’s documentary on artist Annie Pootoogook, Atom Egoyan stated, “Her camera has found a beautiful way of implicating itself… creating an intimacy and sense of spiritual kinship which is profoundly touching and rare.” Characteristics that continue to define Connolly’s body of work.


Her feature Spring & Arnaud created in collaboration with Katherine Knight and Site Media Inc. was awarded the Audience Top Ten at Hot Docs. Their latest documentary, Strange and Familiar: Architecture on Fogo Island won Best Atlantic Documentary and Connolly received Best Cinematographer at the Atlantic Film Festival.

Kimberlee McTaggart: Editing



Kimberlee McTaggart is a Gemini award-winning editor who has been working in the Canadian film industry for more than 25 years. After graduating from York University with a BFA in film production, Kim produced, directed, and/or edited several award-winning documentaries before beginning to work exclusively in post-production in 1994.


Kim has edited several dramatic series such as Lexx, Gullages, Made in Canada, This Hour has 22 Minutes, Call Me Fitz, Studio Black, Diggstown, Seed and Pure. She was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award for her work on both Call Me Fitz and Seed, as well as the feature film Blackbird. She has also edited and post–supervised several non-dramatic series and specials for broadcast clients such as CBC, CTV, PBS, Nickelodeon, Life, VisionTV, Bravo, Showcase, History and Space.


Up for a new challenge, Kim took a break from editing for a few years to run a production company where she and her business partner produced several documentaries and two documentary series. She also worked as a business affairs consultant for other companies during this time, and executive produced several short dramatic films. She is now back in the editor’s chair full-time.


Kim has been serving as WIFT-AT Chair for the last three years. She is also a founding member of the new Halifax Chapter of the Canadian Cinema Editors and serves on their board of directors. Kim is also the editors’ representative for the Atlantic Regional Council of the Directors Guild of Canada.