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How to enter the 2019 Pitch Competition




This March will mark the ninth annual Women Making Waves Conference. Our Pitch Competition is a highlight of this fantastic event. WIFT-AT members are given the opportunity to pitch their short film concepts. One lucky winner will receive a prize package that includes $5,000 cash, to be used toward the production of their winning project, as well as in-kind services from 902 Post and William F. White International Inc.


2019 Pitch Competition Details:


  • Competition is open to all genres and themes.

  • Competition is open to female-identifying student members and full WIFT-AT members who currently reside in Atlantic Canada.  Not a member yet? Join HERE.


  • The director and writer of the submitted project must identify as female.



What do I need to submit my pitch?



  • Film title, genre and length (max 7 min)


  • Stage of development


  • Short synopsis (max 60 words)


  • Long synopsis (max 350 words)


  • Script (if available, max 7 pages)


  • Team member resume(s) 


  • Director's vision statement


Email your submission package to



What happens if I am selected to be a finalist?


  • Five finalists will receive coaching to prepare for the WMW public pitch from international pitching and story consultant, Jan Miller.


  • Five finalists present their five-minute pitch before a selection committee of screen-based media experts and an audience during the Women Making Waves Conference on Saturday, March 9, 2019, in Halifax.


  • Applicants must be present in Halifax to compete. Pitches by Skype or video are not accepted.


  • The winner of the competition will be announced at the WAVE Awards Celebratory Dinner immediately following the competition.


Please Note:


  • The filmmaker of the winning pitch must have a producer in place before the signing of the agreement with WIFT-AT and agree to complete their film within one year from the date of the agreement execution.

  • Applicants are responsible for their own travel to attend the pitch competition in Halifax during the Women Making Waves Conference on Saturday, March 9, 2019.



2019 Pitch Competition Deadline:


  • The deadline for submissions is February 15, 2019.


Download and print the Pitch Competition Guidelines HERE.




We'd love to help!

Andrea Vandenboer,

Programming and Conference Coordinator




Dana Publicover,
Women Making Waves Conference Chair



Pitch Competition Prize Package Recipients

Jenna Murphy - Molly Needs to Pee             (2019)


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. 

Courtesy of Jenna Murphy

Amy Trefry - All the Owls                                (2018)

Re-locating to Halifax in 2016, Amy has found an exceptional community of talented and passionate actors, filmmakers, and artists to immerse herself in.  


Discovering the incredible willingness to share, teach, and mentor within this community, she has been grateful for the continual opportunity to grow and contribute as a performer and creator. 

Amy holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology, with a specialization in Criminology, and a Masters of Science in Environmental Sciences, throughout which she studied food security in South Africa.  


She has been a nomadic traveler recently, having spent much of the last five years abroad living, working, and exploring with her partner.  Her connection to the arts has been constant, despite the many other endeavours she has taken on.


Amy has increasingly made acting her primary focus, although continues to work part-time as a yoga instructor, life coach, and personal wellness coach through her business, Full Element Living. 


Courtesy of Amy Trefry

Tamar Jacoba Dina creates in multiple disciplines. Exploring contemporary issues through feminist perspectives in music, film, writing, and visual art, she uses humour as an approach to making political work accessible to broader audiences. She gears her practice around the question, 'What kind of world do we want to live in, and what might it look like to get there?'
She finds inspiration and direction from the art and activism of Indigenous people and people of the African Diaspora, working with communities and individual collaborators through grassroots and feminist organizations for over ten years. 

Dina studied musicianship at Douglas College and graduated from Dalhousie with a minor in Creative Writing and major in English before pursuing a career in the media arts and artistic direction. She is currently based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and accepts work in Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver. 

Courtesy of

Tamar Dina - Hits Like a Woman                  (2017)