January 27, 2015 - HALIFAX (NS) – A stellar slate of industry professionals will be delivering workshops and participating in panels at the 5th annual Women Making Waves (WMW) in Halifax, the conference co-chair announced today.

“We have an incredible line-up of experienced and award-winning talent from diverse areas of the filmmaking community who will be sharing their expertise and experience with conference attendees,” says Sarah MacLeod.

The Women in Film and Television-Atlantic conference kicks off on Friday, Feb. 27, 2015 at the Lord Nelson Hotel. International marketing strategist David K. Greenwald is the opening keynote speaker, presented by WIFT-AT’s industry partner, Artists Legal Information Society (ALIS). His address will be followed by an opening reception and screening of Hidden Gems, a collection of inspired shorts by Atlantic Canadian women.

Siobhan O'Flynn

Three master classes are being offered: Gail Harvey, an award-winning film and television director, leads a workshop designed to help actors and directors hone their skills; internationally renowned Siobhan O’Flynn presents Transmedia: Transcending Traditional Storytelling; and Natasha Tony, a conflict resolution and labour relations specialist in the motion picture industry leads a hands-on session addressing the topical Conflict Management on Set.

Programming on Saturday, Feb. 28 includes two panels: Dames Go Digital, featuring Jennie Farber of Dames Making Games and moderated by Kirsten Tomilson, President of the Nova Scotia Game Developers Association; and With Respect to Gender, a panel conversation of best practices to address harassment, bullying and sexism on set, including production manager Shauna Hatt and and mediation expert Natasha Tony; as well as two workshops: Is There A Script Doctor in the House? lead by multi-talented and award-winning director, writer, producer and story editor Sherry White (Relative Happiness, Rookie Blue, Crackie) and The Product is You: Hints on Casting from one of Canada’s top casting agents, Deirdre Bowen (Eastern Promises, A History of Violence, The English Patient).

The conference offers an extra special highlight this year. Five lucky finalists will have an opportunity to present their ideas at the BravoFACT Pitch Contest, before an industry jury and the general public, hosted by WIFT-AT Founding Chair, Jan Miller. The winner, announced on Sunday at the WAVE Awards Brunch, will receive a $35,000 grant to make a short fiction or doc film. For more information, visit!-bravofact-pitch-competition/cv4g

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Madeline Di Nonno

WIFT-AT’s coveted WAVE Awards will be presented by activist and Halifax MP, Megan Leslie, atSunday’s WAVE Awards Brunch. Madeline Di Nonno, CEO of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, will be the keynote speaker. The Institute is at the forefront in changing female portrayals and gender stereotypes in media and entertainment.

In addition to the workshops and panels, Women Making Waves offers participants unparalleled opportunities to network with industry professionals in Atlantic Canada as well as nationally and internationally.

The Women Making Waves conference takes place from Friday, February 27-March 1 at Dalhousie University, with social events taking place at the Lord Nelson Hotel in Halifax. For more information on the conference and to register, visit

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