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 New Waves 


Your introduction to the screen industry


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, 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 8|9, 2019. 


  • Designed to introduce participants to various facets of the screen industry.

  • Series of five workshops in total held Thursday evenings in Halifax from 6 - 10 p.m.

  • Fee for the entire series is $100.


The workshops will cover:


  • Screenwriting

  • Editing

  • Directing

  • Producing

  • Documentary Filmmaking


Sessions takes place:

  • Thursday, March 14

  • Thursday, March 21

  • Thursday, March 28

  • Thursday, April 4

  • Thursday, April 11

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 Andrea Vandenboer, Program and Conference Coordinator, WIFT-AT at by February 22, 2019 at 4 p.m.

Download and print information about New Waves HERE

New Waves: Schedule at a Glance


SCREENWRITING with Shelley Thompson 

Thursday| March 14 | 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

PRODUCING with Ann Bernier

Thursday | March 21 | 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

DIRECTING with Koumbie 

Thursday | March 28 | 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.


EDITING Instructor TBA

Thursday | April 4 | 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.



Thursday | April 11 | 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Meet the Instructors:


Shelley Thompson: Screenwriting

Actor, Writer, Director

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  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 director, actor, writer and producer with recurring roles on Mr. D, Studio Black, Sex & Violence and Addison


In 2017,  Koumbie was nominated for three ACTRA Maritime Awards and her short film, Hustle & Heart won Short Film Face-Off; her short film, Horizontal Concavity, was filmed in Halifax and went on to win Best Regional Short at the Bluenose Ability Film Festival.


She also directed her first theatre show Lullaby by Karen Bassett, which was produced by the Neptune Theatre and Eastern Front Theatre. Koumbie also  has a number of projects in development with her filmmaking partner, Taylor Olson. 

Ann Bernier: Producing


Ann Bernier has been working in the film and television business since 1988, when she began working at Telefilm Canada's Atlantic office.  


For 12 years, she spent much time nurturing new upcoming filmmakers and producers, overseeing much of the television and feature film 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(Canada and the UK in 2000 and Canada, Spain and Latin America in 2001).


Ann has been an independent producer since 1999, and was director of operations and development at imX Communications Inc., which produced such award-winning coproduction films as Margaret’s Museum, staring Helena Bonham Carter, Love and Death on Long Island, staring John Hurt and Jason Priestly and New Waterford Girl, starring Leanne Balaban, Tara Spencer-Nairn, Cathy Moriarty and Mary Walsh. 


She produced The Wild Dogs by Thom Fitzgerald and the feature documentary Damage Done: The Drug War Odyssey.  Ann was the executive producer on Rohan Fernando’s feature film, Snow. She was co-producer on Donna Davies’ feature documentary film, Fanarchy, which was produced for TMN, HBO Canada and Epix.  


She was producer with John Walker on his feature documentary, Quebec My Country Mon Pays, for the Documentary Channel, and is working on John’s next feature documentary, Assholes: A Theory.


Ann is a great supporter of emerging talent and spends time mentoring upcoming filmmakers and producers.  She and her partner Chris Zimmer are also developing a number of projects, including two television drama series, the animation feature film, Koati, and local feature, Monica’s News.

Marcia Connolly: Documentary Filmmaking

Video Journalist/Filmmaker

Marcia Connolly is an award-winning filmmaker, cinematographer and video-journalist. Her independent films have shown internationally and nationally, including at the Galerie nationale du Jeu de Paume in Paris, the Toronto International Film Festival, the International Documentary

Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), Hot Docs, the Edinburgh International Film Festival, the Vancouver International Film Festival, the Smithsonian Institute and at the Margaret Mead Film and Video Festival.

In 2013, her feature, Spring & Arnaud created in collaboration with Katherine Knight and Site Media Inc, was awarded the Audience Top Ten at Hot Docs International Film Festival.


Connolly's latest documentary also in collaboration with Site Media Inc, Strange and Familiar: Architecture on Fogo Island, was awarded Best Canadian Film at the International Festival of Films on Art and won Best Atlantic Documentary and she also received Best Cinematographer for the film at the 2015 Atlantic Film Festival.

New Waves, 2018