Rising star Ashley McKenzie, Hon. Wanda Thomas Bernard, Robin Smith and Christina Poivesan join Wome
Women in Film and Television Atlantic (WIFT-AT) is pleased to announce the final round of inspiring speakers, presenters and guests at Women Making Waves 2017, bringing film professionals and fans to Halifax from March 3 to 5.
Fresh from presenting her award-winning film Werewolf in Berlin, Cape Breton writer-director Ashley McKenzie is the guest for the event’s Closing Conversation on Sunday, March 5. CBC’s Angela Antle will interview McKenzie about the recent success of her debut feature Werewolf, pursuing a filmmaking career from Cape Breton, the different pressures she is facing as her films gain more attention, balancing the roles of writer and director, and what drives her as an artist.
The workshop lineup for Friday, March 3 will feature Producing with Christina Poivesan, founder and principal of the award-winning production company First Generation Films; Directing with Jordan Canning, Director of We Were Wolves,Suck It Up; Editing with award-winning picture editor Cathy Gulkin; and Distribution with Robin Smith, owner/President of KinoSmith Inc. and CEO of Blue Ice Docs.
The Honourable Wanda Thomas Bernard is the keynote speaker during the luncheon on Saturday, March 4. Honourable Bernard is the first African-Nova Scotian woman to serve in Canada’s Senate, just appointed last October. She will also present the awards at the March 5 WAVE Awards. The WAVE Awards are presented annually to honour deserving women in the Atlantic film and television industry.
“This event has just about everything for anyone.” says WIFT-AT founding Chair Jan Miller. “Whether you are in the screen industry and want to learn more from the best about a specific craft, or you’re a screen fan and would like to enjoy hearing from our country’s film leaders, you will leave this event inspired and educated”.
WIFT-AT is also excited to confirm the Opening Reception and Interactive Arcade, on the evening of Friday, March 3, where everyone in the screen industry is invited to experience the first ever WMW Interactive Arcade, showcasing new storytelling technologies across innovative digital platforms. This hands-on event will spotlight an exciting midway of attractions from DHX, Copernicus, Current Studios, and NFB.
“One unique and anticipated event is the Pitch This competition”, says Kimberlee McTaggart, WIFT-AT Chair. “Five WIFT-AT members will present a five-minute pitch of their short film concept before a selection committee of industry experts and a live audience. There is a great prize for the winning pitch and we just extended the deadline to February 19”.
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 to150 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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