Women Making Waves Press Release

Diversity, inclusion and animation take centre stage at Women Making Waves 2017

February 6, 2017 - HALIFAX (NS) – As women continue to make strides in an already established film industry, Women in Film and Television – Atlantic (WIFT-AT) is dedicated to bring diverse talents together to share, showcase and tap into what the Atlantic region has to offer at Women Making Waves 2017. From March 3 to 5, film lovers and industry professionals of all genders will get a chance to participate in unique workshops and hear presenters who will inspire and educate. WIFT-AT is pleased to announce the first lineup of special guests and workshops, including, for the first time, sessions that will showcase female animators.

The first round of special guests includes Director Jordan Canning whose buddy gal flick Suck It Up was just screened at this year’s Slamdance; award winning Producer and Co-Creator of CBC’s drama Shoot the Messenger, Jen Holness; as well as Donna Davies (Nightmare Factory), Min Sook Lee (Migrant Dreams), and Cathy Gulkin (Guantanamo’s Child: Omar Khadr) who are participating on the panel Documentary: Drawing the Line, delving into the question every documentary filmmaker must ask themselves: How far is too far?

Canning will lead the Directors Workshop on Friday, March 3. Her award-winning work demonstrates an enviable versatility across genres and platforms, from Countdown to Space Riders: Division Earth to We Were Wolves and Suck It Up, to acclaimed shows on Canadian television — Republic of Doyle and (the first woman to direct) This Hour Has 22 Minutes. Canning will explore 'the director’s journey’, covering the entire process of directing the feature film Suck It Up, from script to screen, from concept to completion.

Holness will be the guest for the Spotlight Conversation on Saturday, March 4 discussing the impact gender and race has on her work and how it also influences audience reaction to her work. She will also lead a candid session covering the Case Study of Shoot the Messenger that afternoon, delving into the drive and decisions, both good and bad, that put this CBC featured limited series on the screen.

“We’re also very excited to feature animation in our program for the first time”, says Kimberlee McTaggart, WIFT-AT Chair. “With the animation industry taking off in Atlantic Canada, the timing is perfect to bring more women into the spotlight”.

The Animation Program kicks off Friday, March 3 with the screening of the best short animated films by women in Atlantic Canada and beyond. Saturday, March 4 is the Innovation in Animation presentations featuring key experts from DHX Media, National Film Board and Copernicus Studios; and the Animation Workshop for emerging filmmakers co-presented by Carbon Arc and led by the animated “Jill-of-all-trades” Lynn Wilton.

“Women Making Waves is a chance for the public to discover what’s behind the curtain in the screen industry and listen to insightful and in-depth conversation with some of the best experts in the industry.

We welcome everyone to this remarkable line-up, for networking and professional development.” says WIFT-AT founding Chair Jan Miller.

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 from across the country. The Women Making Waves conference takes place from Friday, March 3 - March 5 at Best Western Chocolate Lake Hotel, Halifax, NS.


Women in Film and Television - Atlantic (WIFT-AT) is a not-for-profit organization that has been in operation since 2009 and has grown steadily, already attracting close to 150 members in the Atlantic region. Its vision is to advance, promote, connect and inspire all women working in screen-based industry in Atlantic Canada.

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