Producer and actress Hannah Cheesman headlines Women Making Waves 2015 in Halifax, Feb. 27 to March 1, the board of Women in Film and Television – Atlantic announced today.

Cheesman defies boundaries as a producer, writer, and actress – creating content for the big screen at Cannes with her quirky short film Cheese, appearing on your laptop in her hit web series Whatever, Linda, and working behind-the-scenes at Orphan Black. The Toronto resident has a knack for making things happen despite the odds, whether it’s sneaking into Art Basel in Miami to film a scene for her next short, or getting Canada’s attention with her column in the Globe and Mail.

“This year’s event will explore reinvention, and we are delighted to have Hannah – who is out there redefining our industry for women – kick-start our conference,” says WIFT-AT founding chair Jan Miller.

In conversation with local journalist and musician Tara Thorne at Women Making Waves, Cheesman will share provocative tales and provide key insights into how to make the film world recognize women, even when it resists. The session takes place Saturday, Feb. 28 at 9 a.m. at Dalhousie University’s Weldon Law Building.

Another highly anticipated speaker will be Madeline Di Nonno, CEO of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, which produces cutting-edge research on the systemic gender imbalances in film and television – timely in light of this year’s Oscar nominations, which have been blasted for their lack of female representation.

Di Nonno took up her position at the Los Angeles-based Geena Davis Institute after forging a career as a high-ranking executive for large entertainment companies, including Hallmark Channel, Universal Studios, and ABC Television.

“Her organization is one-of-a-kind. No one in the field is working so impressively and with such influence on these issues, and we are thrilled to have this industry-shifting agency represented at Women Making Waves,” says event co-chair Sarah MacLeod.

Di Nonno will present the Institute’s latest findings and will welcome questions from the audience. Dalhousie University’s Dr. Roberta Barker, an expert on gender in performance, will lead the interactive session with Di Nonno on Sunday, March 1 at 10:30 a.m. at the Lord Nelson Hotel.

Conference registration, Master Class applications, and single-ticket sales are all open now through theWIFT-AT website. For more information on the line up of industry professionals at this year’s conference check out:!conference-2014-schedule/c1kal

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