Reel Women, Real Stories

Local Industry Professionals Share Their Unique Journeys

Panel discussion featuring talented, local women who work in film and television. Panelists will share their professional journeys, discuss their work, how they got started, the pivotal moments in their career and where they go from here.

The Panel:

Director, Shandi Mitchell

Production Designer, Jennifer Stewart

Production Coordinator, Shauna Hatt The discussion will be moderated by Donna Davies of Ruby Tree Films.

Meet the Panel:

Donna Davies,

Ruby Tree Films


Donna Davies is a writer, producer and director originally from Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. She began making films at the Island Media Arts Co-op and the Atlantic Filmmakers Co-op.

Davies' lengthy list of award-winning films have toured festivals internationally and aired on networks such as the CBC, Bravo, The Movie Network, IFC, HBO, Netflix, Hulu, Starz and EPIX.

Credits include a number of short dramatic films, documentaries and documentary series. Her feature documentary, Nightmare Factory, won dozens of international awards including Best Documentary Feature at the Atlanta Horror Film Festival, Award of Excellence at Indie Fest, Maverick Movie Awards for Best FX and Best Documentary at the Rhode Island International Film Festival.

Fanarchy, her feature documentary, which explored the world of fan films was featured at London SciFi, Comic Con San Diego, Fan Expo Toronto and STUFF in Mexico. The film won Best Documentary at Boston SciFi and at the Nova Scotia Screen Awards.

Davies is a member of the Canadian Media Producers Association, Women in Film and Television Atlantic and Screen Nova Scotia. She is the recipient of a 2018 Women in Film and Television Award for Best Director and a 2017 WAVE award for outstanding leadership and vision in the Atlantic Canadian Film industry.

Shandi Mitchell,



Shandi Mitchell is a screenwriter/director (The Disappeared, feature) and author (Under This Unbroken Sky) based in Nova Scotia.

Shandi's work has earned national and international recognition. She has guest directed for television series as diverse as Sex and Violence and Theodore Tugboat. She has also worked as a mentor instructor, story consultant for AFCOOP, NFB, and Equinox Europe’s International Screenwriters workshop (Austria).

She was a former partner with Thom Fitzgerald and Emotion Pictures (The Hanging Garden, Beefcake, Cherries) and has also co-produced the shorts, Tell Me, Baba’s House, and The Dare.

She is currently in development with two features, adapting a television series, and releasing her second novel, The Waiting Hours, in Spring 2019.

Jennifer Stewart,

Production Designer


Jennifer Stewart is an award- winning production designer with experience in both film and television.

In 2001, she made her debut as production designer with the feature film, Scotland, P.A., which was nominated for the dramatic Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. Since then, her credits have included the award-winning CBC mini- series, Trudeau, and the Emmy-nominated television movie, Homeless to Harvard: The Liz Murray Story.

Jennifer has won the DGC Award for outstanding production design twice for the television series, Snakes & Ladders, and also for the eight-part, dramatic mini-series, October 1970. She was nominated for both a Gemini Award and DGC Award for outstanding production design for the mini-series, Trudeau II: Maverick in the Making.

Her recent work has run the gamut, from children’s live action (You & Me, for CBC) to feature films, (Hard Drive, directed by veteran Canadian filmmaker William McGillivray, and the 2017 release, The Child Remains, directed by Mike Melski).

Additionally, Jennifer continues to work on exceptional television productions including the long-running SyFy series, Haven, and the acclaimed CBC/ WGN America series Pure.

Prior to working in the film and television industry, Jennifer graduated from the professional division of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, then then went on to earn several academic degrees including a Masters of Architecture.

She co-founded the architectural firm, Savage Stewart Architecture, and the work of this practice garnered two Nova Scotia Lieutenant Governor’s Awards of Excellence.

Shauna Hatt,

Production Manager


When asked for a bio and head shot, Shauna Hatt's usual reply is, "Production Coordinators don't have bios or head shots."

Fortunately many years ago someone managed to sneak a shot of her in her natural habitat and she says it will have to suffice.

Shauna does admit to starting in the industry in 1997 and has worked exclusively in the production office ever since.

She volunteers as a board member with the Director’s Guild of Canada and has always called Halifax home.

Just a few of her credits include: CBC's hit comedy Mr. D, Call Me Fitz, The Lighthouse, Locke & Key and the critically-acclaimed, award-winning mini-series, The Book of Negroes.


Wednesday, December 12

at the Bus Stop Theatre,

2203 Gottingen Street, Halifax

Doors open at 6:30 p.m., panel discussion begins at 7 p.m.

and will include a Q & A session. Reception with light refreshments to follow. (Cash bar, includes debit and credit).

While there is no cost to attend, we ask that everyone


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