Pitch Competition finalists announced
Women in Film and Television Atlantic is pleased to announce the five finalists in the Woman Making Waves Pitch Competition presented by CBC: Millefiore Clarkes, PEI; Kayla Flinn, NS; Tracey Lavigne, NB; Arianna Martinez, NB and Jenna Murphy, NS.
The Pitch Competition, which received a record number of applications this year, strives to give female-identifying WIFT-AT members the support needed to make a film.
According to the Hollywood Diversity Report 2019, from UCLA College Social Sciences, only 12.6 per cent of the 250 top-grossing films of 2017 were directed by women.
In addition to individual coaching sessions from international consultant and WIFT-AT founder, Jan Miller, the winner of the contest will receive $5,000 cash, to be used toward the production of their winning project, as well as in-kind services from 902 Post, William F. White International Inc. and The Hideout Studios.
Be part of the audience on March 9 at the Lord Nelson Hotel & Suites and watch these five carefully selected finalists pitch their best short film scripts.
Tickets can be purchased at the door on March 9 at the Lord Nelson Hotel & Suites in the Georgian Lounge Landing.
Meet the 2019 Pitch Competition Finalists
Millefiore Clarkes, Prince Edward Island
Millefiore Clarkes is an award-winning filmmaker from Canada’s smallest province, Prince Edward Island. Through her company One Thousand Flowers Productions, she produces a
variety of media work: short and feature documentaries, music videos, drama, experimental shorts, and video installations.
She has directed three documentaries for The National Film Board of Canada, The Song and the Sorrow, Blue Rodeo – On the Road, and Island Green.
The Song and the Sorrow won Best Short Atlantic Documentary at FIN - Atlantic International Film Fest, Best Documentary at Silverwave Film Festival, Best Atlantic Documentary at Lunenburg Doc Fest, and was a Top Ten Audience Choice at Available Light Film Festival.
Her films have screened at festivals across Canada and the US and have been broadcast on CBC and Bravo! Her experimental short, December in Toronto is featured on Vimeo’s Staff
Picks, and her music videos have won several awards. She is passionate about telling stories through film and media art.
Kayla Flinn, Nova Scotia
The ‘O’ Word
Kayla Flinn is a Halifax local renaissance woman who is often involved in a variety of projects as an artist, filmmaker, or wildlife researcher.
She has an undergraduate Arts degree from Saint Mary’s University, an Environmental Studies master’s degree from York University and an additional graduate diploma in sustainable/environmental education. Her thesis was on human/animal/nature relations and how to educate on this topic through various forms of art.
Kayla’s introduction to the film industry was unique and unplanned when she started rescuing wildlife for the TV series Hope for Wildlife, a reserve where she did an internship for her master’s program. Since then, she has worked both behind, and in front of the camera as a TV host/personality, stuntwoman and creative producer for a variety of international broadcasters/companies.
Until recently Kayla’s work in the film world has been entirely within the fact-based television industry. In January of 2019, Kayla started her own production company, One Eyed Bear Productions, in order to have more control over the content she creates as a director.
When Kayla is not creating content that she hopes will challenge conventional narratives, she is putting on solo exhibitions of her artwork. Once a year Kayla also visits the Dutch Antilles where she directs/hosts promotional content for scuba diving companies and works for a wildlife organization as a researcher for Bonaire’s wild donkey population.
Tracey Lavigne, New Brunswick
Tracey Lavigne is a writer, director, and production designer based in Fredericton, New Brunswick. Since joining the New Brunswick Filmmakers’ Co-op in 2014, she has worked on more than twenty productions and gained experience in every department, on set and in post. She has written and directed two award-winning short films and produced two additional films.
Tracey made her first short film, Glitter with an $800 cash grant from the Jane Leblanc Award. Glitter swept the 2017 Silver Wave Film Festival, and took home several awards including, Best Short Film and the Viewers’ Choice Award.
In doing so, Tracey beat out films with much larger budgets. Glitter has also done very well on the festival circuit, with screenings across Canada and the U.S.
In 2018, she was awarded a Short Film Venture Grant for her second short film Mnemosyne and swept the Silver Wave Film Festival a second time, winning Best Short and Viewers’ Choice as well as four other awards.
Tracey is producer on the Ryan O’Toole feature film Further Than the Eye Can See, which has been shortlisted for the 2019 Telefilm Talent to Watch program, and production designer on the upcoming Jillian Acreman feature film Queen of the Andes.
Arianna Martinez, New Brunswick
Independent filmmaker Arianna Martinez is from Fredericton, New Brunswick and has worked for the past six years as a filmmaker, playwright, and educator. She has directed and produced several short films that have screened across Canada and internationally. Her work is female-focused and addresses the themes of identity, intersectionality, isolation, and independence.
Her most recent short film Letters from the Dead was the recipient of the New Brunswick Short Film Venture Program. It follows young Abigail as she begins to learn the ropes of adolescence when her world is shattered by the unexpected death of her grandmother. The film has screened at six festivals so far, including the Toronto Independent Film Festival (TIFF) and FIN Atlantic International Film Festival, where it was featured in the 2018 Reel East Coast Shorts Gala.
She is currently working as producer for Jillian Acreman’s feature film Queen of the Andes (Telefilm - Talent to Watch Program) and has recently finished production as art director on Lance Blakney’s short film Velle to Want (ArtsNB Creation Grant) and on Robert Gray’s feature film Entropic (Telefilm - Micro-Budget Program).
Outside of filmmaking, she has written plays that have been selected and produced by the NotaBle Acts Theatre Festival for the past three years. She is also a digital illustrator and her recent work will be featured at the George Fry LEAP Exhibition for the month of April.
Arianna has a deep passion for visual arts and is always pushing herself to try new things and hone her craft.
Jenna Murphy, Nova Scotia
Molly Needs to Pee
Jenna was 14-years-old when she first attempted to write a screenplay. It was the best episode of Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place that has ever been written in the pages of a Hilroy Scribbler.
Over the years, her writing migrated to an electric typewriter, and after learning how to program Microsoft Word, it finally evolved to her very first computer (which she earned while working at Blockbuster video). As she began adulthood, Jenna graduated from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design with a film degree and a truckload of debt.
Today, Jenna is a germaphobe with anxiety, who works with germy chaotic children and she loves every minute of it. Her film work often revolves around youth, mental health, and the female experience. She is passionate about telling stories that momentarily allow audiences to escape their troubles. Her ultimate filmmaking goal is to make someone's favourite film someday.
If you are looking for Jenna you should check the Atlantic Filmmaker's Co-operative, where she is a board member and moderator for their monthly script circle. Otherwise, she can be found in bed surrounded by books, notepads and a script in progress.