OPENING RECEPTION & INTERACTIVE ARCADE
Everyone in the screen industry is invited to WMW’s Opening Night.
Friday, March 3 | 6:30PM - 8:15PM | Best Western Chocolate Lake
Everyone in the screen industry is invited to Women Making Waves’ Opening Night Reception to connect and reconnect with fresh and familiar faces.
Step out of reality and into the story!
The first ever WMW Interactive Arcade will showcase new storytelling technologies across innovative digital platforms — the tech is the entertainment and the art. This hands-on event will spotlight an exciting midway of attractions from DHX, Copernicus, Current Studios, and NFB.
Hear from innovators and creators who are launching into new worlds and shaping the way we work, play and connect with games, technology, and media. From animation installation loops to interactive films, video games, and more, a range of immersive experiences brings stories to life — starring you!
An added bonus this year, thanks to our partnership with Women in Music, is the mesmerizing rock/blues artist Christine Campbell who will join us to set the tone for the weekend of celebration.
Spotlight Conversation with Jen Holness
Hosted by Christine McLean
Saturday, March 4 | 9:15AM - 10:00AM | University of King's College
How does someone with a Political Science degree and no connections whatsoever in the film and television industry develop an award winning media company? Join Canadian film & television producer and screenwriter Jennifer Holness in this spotlight conversation as she discusses how she let her passion of storytelling, inclusion and art coverage into a company that strives to refocus the lens on stories, people and places we often don’t hear about. The mantra of her company, Hungry Eyes Film & TV, is to inspire and entertain, and how they select projects that have some elements of both qualities. As an award- winning writer, producer and Black woman, Jen will discuss the challenges and victories moving upwards in the industry. She will talk about her experience working with a creative partner who is also her husband and father of her 3 teen girls! Who gets to be the ‘wife?’ Finally, Jen will take questions from the audience about their own projects and some of ways they should think about to bring them to fruition.
Saturday Networking Lunch & Keynote by the Honourable Wanda Thomas Bernard
Saturday, March 4 | 12:30PM - 1:30PM | University Club, Dalhousie
Our Saturday Luncheon features a special address from the Honourable Senator Wanda Thomas Bernard, the first African Nova Scotian woman to serve in the Senate Chamber. Delegates will also have the chance to join Round Tables with conference guests and funders/stakeholders for another splash of networking.
Pitch Competition: Pitch This: the New Normal
Hosted by Jan Miller
Saturday, March 4 | 4:00PM - 6:00PM | University of King's College
Pitch This: The New Normal offers five WIFT-AT members the chance to present a five-minute pitch of their short film concept before a selection committee of industry experts and a live audience, for valuable feedback and a chance to win the pitch prize package including production services and cash! In keeping with the flow of the conference theme, each pitch needs to measurably incorporate equality, diversity, or inclusivity as integral to their project.
Saturday Dinner & Auction
Saturday, March 4 | 6:30PM - 9:30PM | Best Western Chocolate Lake
Catch the current back to Chocolate Lake and drift into music by Erin Costello, courtesy of Women in Music. Try an Every Seventh Wave signature cocktail, created especially for the 7th Women Making Waves — the best and biggest yet. It’s the perfect time to relax, reconnect, and bid on terrific gifts and services including unique experiences, fun and luxurious products, and impressive production packages from our generous sponsors. Auction proceeds go toward supporting WIFT-AT programs including the one-of-a-kind All Access Pass Award, an award open to deserving female members working in the screen-based media. Past winners include Ashley Mackenzie, Sarah Campbell, Jenna Marks and Stephanie Clattenburg.
Sunday Conversation and Awards Brunch: Doors open at 9:30am
Brunch will be from 10:00am - 11:30am
Spotlight Conversation with Ashley McKenzie
Hosted by Angela Antle
Sunday, March 5 | 10:30AM - 11:30AM | Chocolate Lake Hotel
WAVE Awards Presented by the Honourable Wanda Thomas Bernard
Soak in the conversation as CBC’s Angela Antle interviews writer-director Ashley McKenzie about the recent success of Ashley’s debut feature film 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.