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Online Resources

WIFT-AT is here to support our members in these strange times. Below are some resources we’ve collected that might be of use to members, from funding information for those whose incomes are affected, to online professional development opportunities, as well as some entertainment, as we all do our part to flatten the curve by staying home.

 

If you’d like to submit a resource, link, or online event, send us an e-mail at info@wift-at.com.

 

Support, Funding and Government Info

 

 

  • RBC Canada Emergency Business Account: a $40,000 government‑guaranteed loan to help eligible businesses pay for operating expenses, payroll and other non‑deferrable expenses which are critical to sustaining business continuity.

 

  • The AFC is a fund for emergency financing for those in the entertainment industries.

 

  • Screen Nova Scotia has a COVID-19 information page that includes up-to-date details on federal and provincial support programs for individuals and businesses.

 

 

 

Professional Development​

  • Apple is offering up a free 90 day trial on Final Cut Pro.
     

  • Great tutorials on all the top filmmaking software are available free through the Halifax Library and their Lynda.com subscription.
     

  • Due to the COVID-19 crisis, Sundance Co//ab (the new educational platform for creators) has announced the much-appreciated initiative, allowing the filmmaking community free access for all its Member Q&As and Master Classes. 
     

  • The Ink Canada Facebook page is offering up some great resources and online Q&As for writers.
     

  • A wonderful and inspirational TED talk from Anne Lamott, a writer who has written about life and writing: "12 Truths I Learned From Life and Writing."

  • Masterclass.com is offering a 2-for-1 All-Access Annual Pass for $240.00. Grab a friend and split the cost! There are some great masterclasses from film creatives in all disciplines: Werner Herzog, Jodie Foster, Shonda Rhimes, Ron Howard, Martin Scorsese, Helen Mirren, Mira Nair, Aaron Sorken, Ken Burns, and more. 

 

  • Trying to be productive but having a challenge focusing? Join Ink Canada’s #writingsprints. Look for info on the “Announcements” tab in the Facebook group. A writing sprint usually runs for 45 minutes, beginning on the hour. Karen Walton, the 2019 Women Making Waves Conference’s Fresh & Fierce Masterclass instructor, often hosts them, but anyone can start a #writingsprints thread. 

 

  • This site has collated just about every TV series bible available on the web for you here, but what is a TV series bible? They come under various guises and can be used as a pitch document, a guide for directors, or additional info to be submitted along with a pilot episode. Take a browse at how some of TV’s most successful shows were able to grab the attention of producers and executives in this fantastic selection. 

  • The virtual Canadian Film Fest (CFF) presented by Super Channel will offer the 2020 Masterclass and Industry Series for this year’s festival online. For the complete schedule of free industry programming with full details of the various panels, please click here

 

Entertainment and Other

 

  • Director Warren Sonoda’s Instagram account @shootgoodfilms is hosting “Cooped-Up Creatives” Instagram Live Chats. Guests include director and DGC President Tim Southam (Locke & Key, Bates Motel, Lost in Space) and Toronto’s Photo Laureate Austin Pearson Clarke. Follow @shootgoodfilms on Instagram for “Cooped-Up Creatives” schedule.

 

  • Personal online masterclasses with amazing songwriter, musician and teacher Rick Beato. He also has tons of free stuff on YouTube as well that you can check out on all things to do with music, it’s very educational.  

 

  • Changing the Narrative: RBC Spotlights Female Film Creators.

  • The We Are One Film Festival is the first-ever 10-day global film festival co-curated by over 20 film festivals from across the world, May 29 - June 7. All funds raised during the festival will benefit COVID-19 relief funds. The festival will feature programming curated by the Annecy International Animation Film Festival, Berlin International Film Festival, BFI London Film Festival, Cannes Film Festival, Guadalajara International Film Festival, International Film Festival & Awards Macao (IFFAM), Jerusalem Film Festival, Mumbai Film Festival (MAMI), Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Locarno Film Festival, Marrakech International Film Festival, New York Film Festival, Rotterdam International Film Festival (IFFR), San Sebastian International Film Festival, Sarajevo Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, Sydney Film Festival, Tokyo International Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival and Venice Film Festival.

 

National Canadian Film Day

Now more than ever we need to find moments to celebrate our Canadian spirit and take pride in our Canadian films and the Canadian talent that created them. Wednesday, April 22nd was National Canadian Film Day (NCFD). But keep celebrating with the list of 40 Canadian films and where you can stream them online below: