The 2015 Silver Wave Awards were handed out at a gala ceremony on November 7th, at Le Centre communautaire Sainte-Anne in Fredericton.

The annual awards, part of the Silver Wave Film Festival, recognize excellence in cinematic arts and significant contribution to the development of the film/video/television community in NB and beyond. WIFT-AT member/SWFF co-organizer and membership services director, of the New Brunswick Filmmakers’ Co-operative Cat LeBlanc said the quality of the work that’s being done keeps getting stronger each year and the bar keeps being raised.

“These award-winning films, filmmakers and craftspeople prove how rich the talent is in this province and throughout Canada and beyond. It puts a challenge out to other filmmakers as well to keep producing the best work they can.” (Cat LeBlanc)

WIFT-AT Members won major awards at Silver Wave this year:

WIFT-AT Members won major awards at Silver Wave this year:

  • Best Coast to Coast Short: Shoreline by NS member Yalitsa Riden

  • Excellence in Art Direction: NB member Tracey Lavigne for In Search of Laura Fearn

  • Best Horror/SciFi Short: Some Things Won’t Sleep by NS member Leah Johnston

  • Best Canadian or International Short: The Boy by NB member Cayman Grant

  • Best Documentary: The Singing Lumberjack by NS member Rachel Bower

  • Best NB Short Comedy or Drama: NB Marigolds by member Jillian Acreman

  • Jane LeBlanc Filmmaker Award: NB Member Nancy Lynch for Side Of The Road

Along with the awards WIFT-AT members played a large role in the 2015 Silver Wave Industry Series Day which featured 3 panels spotlighting WIFT-AT members. WIFT-AT member and NS based filmmaker Rachel Bower (Singing Lumberjack) shared her thoughts on her filmmaking process and inspirations on the panel aptly named: "Personal Storytelling in the Documentary Realm". WIFT-AT member and NB based producer Elaine Shannon deftly helmed an excellent panel appropriately called Feature Filmmaking at Used Car Prices (Owl River Runners), and WIFT-AT member and NB based filmmaker Gia Milani (All the Wrong Reasons) moderated the annual WIFT-AT panel entitled from Shorts to Features which spotlighted WIFT-AT NB members Jillian Acreman (Marigolds) and Fonya Irvine (Stonewalled and As the Crow Cries) who have made a number of shorts and are now navigating, with Gia’s mentorship, the new terrain of producing their first feature film.

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