Women Making Waves 

March 8|9, 2019 

Lord Nelson Hotel & Suites

1515 South Park St., Halifax, Nova Scotia

*All WMW events take place at the Lord Nelson Hotel & Suites.

**All speakers, panelists and workshops are subject to change without notice. 

Each year, Women in Film and Television Atlantic (WIFT-AT) attracts highly skilled, talented writers, producers, actors, and filmmakers at the top of their game to lead one-of-a-kind, not-to-be-missed panels, spotlight conversations, and workshops at our annual Women Making Waves Conference. Take a look at this year's schedule and make sure to purchase your tickets early! 


Those who register for the entire conference have access to all conference events *with the exception of the Friday Workshops. The Friday Workshops require a separate ticket that can be purchased when you register online or at The Georgian Lounge Landing in The Lord Nelson Hotel & Suites at noon on March 8. The Friday workshops begin at 1 p.m. SOME INDIVIDUAL TICKETS are available for conference events. If there is an event that interests you, click the "Tickets" buttons below to learn more about the event and to make a purchase! 


Friday, March 8


*To learn more about the instructors, speakers and panelists, visit the Speakers, Panelists and Instructors page

Seeing Eye to Eye: The Director and Cinematographer Creative Collaboration with Amy Belling

1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. | The Regency Ballroom 


Cinematographer Amy Belling, CSC, will discuss the director/cinematographer relationship, from finding the right creative partnership during the interview process to discussing visuals during pre-production, production, and post-production. 


She will also cover script breakdown, the visual concept, shot listing, storyboarding, the director/DOP/production designer trinity, location scouting, tech scouting, and the cinematographer’s technical breakdown in pre-production.


This workshop will explore how to plan for the priority shots and scenes, including timing, location moves, splinter units, blocking, lighting, rehearsing, shooting, and whether to go again or move on. Consideration will also be given to stunts, VFX, and SFX. The cinematographer's role in post-production will be discussed, covering the review of dailies, dailies stills, colour correction and pickups. If it’s relevant to the audience, documentary cinematography will also be discussed. 

Fresh & Fierce: A Practical Guide for Writing Television in 2019 with Karen Walton

1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. | The Imperial Ballroom

Welcome to the whiplash-fast world of creating and producing contemporary television in Canada for a diverse, series-mad world. From the terror of the blank page to the triumphs of your television series-writing debut, we’ll revel in the laughs, tears, totally-normal-self-doubt and cheers required to get your TV game fresh & fierce.


This veteran insider’s guide aims to embolden, excite, and equip you with real-world examples from the trenches and timeless tricks and tools of the TV writing trade. Come cultivate great creative and business practices that make sense for today’s television industry and for you. This workshop will include four case studies. 



*To learn more about the instructors, speakers, and panelists, visit the Speakers, Panelists and Instructors page.


Noon - 6:30 p.m. | Georgian Lounge Landing


5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. | Georgian Lounge Landing

SCREENING of Mouthpiece and Q & A with Director/Writer Patricia Rozema

Presented by The Director's Guild of Canada 

6:30 p.m. - 8:45 p.m. | The Imperial Ballroom

Following her mother's sudden death, an aspiring writer grapples with reconciling her feminism with her conformist choices. Mouthpiece is a film that brandishes the messiness of self-doubt and self-contradiction, but it uses that morass of emotions to unearth something very pertinent about the lives women live and the lives they leave behind. The screening will be followed by a short question and answer session with the director and writer of Mouthpiece, Patricia Rozema. 


Presented by The Director's Guild of Canada

 8:45 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. | The Regency Ballroom

Following the screening, get your networking on! Women in Film and Television Atlantic welcomes you to a celebratory networking event to kick off the 9th annual Women Making Waves Conference. This is a fantastic opportunity to mingle with industry experts and emerging talent. We will also open our annual silent auction, which offers a variety of industry-related products and other great goods and services donated by local restaurants, shops, and businesses. Proceeds from the silent auction support the WIFT-AT All Access Pass Award and future WIFT-AT programming. This reception is open to everyone!

Saturday, March 9



8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. | Georgian Lounge Landing 


8:00 a.m. -  9:00 a.m. | The Imperial Ballroom


Start your day off right with hot coffee, warm croissants, and stimulating conversation before heading off to your workshop. 


9:00 a.m. - 9:10 a.m. | The Imperial Ballroom  


Women in Film and Television Atlantic Chair, Kimberlee McTaggart, officially welcomes the audience to the 2019 Women Making Waves Conference. 

SPOTLIGHT CONVERSATION with Tamara Podemski and Juanita Peters

Presented by Telefilm Canada

9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. | The Imperial Ballroom


Award-winning journalist Juanita Peters interviews the critically acclaimed and multi-disciplinary Anishnaabe/Ashkenazi artist, Tamara Podemski. 




INTERMISSION: Coffee and Conversation

10:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. 


Observational Documentary: Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it. with Robin McKenna 

10:30 a.m. - Noon | The Britannia Room

How can the quality of our attention inform our practice of documentary-making? We must navigate the boundaries between "cinema direct" and directing cinema. The secret is paying attention, building relationships, knowing where to look, and embracing the experiential, the immersive and "the feeling of being there". Is it possible to become invisible without changing the situation we observe? Can something observed in real time reflect something invisible and beneath the surface? Robin McKenna will lead a compelling workshop exploring the answers to these questions.


CASE STUDY: Mouthpiece: From Stage to Screen with Director/Writer Patricia Rozema 

10:30 a.m. - noon | The Admiral Room


Join award-winning director and writer Patricia Rozema as she shares the journey of taking the Dora Award-winning play Mouthpiece from the stage to the screen. 

LUNCH: Out of the Box Networking Lunch

12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. | The Imperial Ballroom

Recharge and get to know your peers! 


The Business of Web Series: Myth or Reality with Renee Laprise, Lisa Baylin and Winnifred Jong

Moderated by: Andra Sheffer

1:45 - 2:45 p.m. | The Regency Ballroom


Join Independent Production Fund’s Andra Sheffer, a true leader in the digital world, as she goes in depth with three producers who each have their own web series journey to tell. Panelists will offer tips and challenges as they explore the following questions: Where does the money come from? How do you achieve high quality on a low budget in terms of both production and cast? How do you access the different digital platforms and what rights might you have to give up? What should you be looking for in partnerships? Most importantly, how do you get your series in front of the audience?



INTERMISSION: Connect and Be Inspired!

2:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.


Impact Producer: Hitting the Target Market Bull's-Eye with Simone Pero

3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. | The Admiral Room

The emergence of impact producing has opened up exciting new ways for filmmakers and their films to make their mark on important societal issues. With this increased responsibility for filmmakers to use their art to change the world and create an impact, there is a need for a greater understanding of how to best leverage film in the ecosystem of distributors, funders, marketers, audiences, the media, and change-makers.


This workshop dives into the nuts and bolts of impact producing and the practical application for independent, entrepreneurial filmmakers. Join Women in Film and Television Atlantic for an in-depth breakdown of one of the most important elements to marketing and distribution of issue-driven film with special guest producer, Simone Pero. During this two-hour session, attendees will walk through the latest tools, trends, and best practices when developing and approaching a social action impact campaign for both documentary and narrative projects.


Imaginary Places: An Introduction to Production Design with Jennifer Stewart

3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. | The Britannia Room


A workshop that explores the role of production design in the visual realization of a story, from the macro to the micro or the town to the tea cup. The presentation will include strategies for production design on low-budget projects.

Intermission: Conversation and Celebrations

4:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. 

Presented by CBC   
Hosted by Jan Miller
4:45 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. | The Regency Ballroom
Experience the excitement and the suspense of being part of the audience as carefully selected finalists pitch their best short film scripts to a selection committee of screen-based media experts. Each pitch will be five minutes in length, and contestants will receive the expert coaching of international pitching and story consultant, Jan Miller. The author of the winning pitch 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.

WAVE AWARD CELEBRATORY DINNER + Get your final Silent Auction bids in! 

Presented by DHX 

7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. | The Imperial Ballroom 

​The WAVE Awards are presented annually to honour remarkable women working in film, television, and screen-based media throughout the Atlantic provinces. Each year, Women in Film and Television Atlantic hosts a celebratory dinner to honour three deserving recipients for their outstanding contributions to the film and screen industry. Join us for this signature event and celebrate with us! Remember, the silent auction closes during dinner, so if you’re planning to participate, this is your last opportunity to place a bid. Don’t miss your chance to treat yourself while supporting a great initiative! 

Presented by 902 Post
9:00 p.m. | 902 Post - 5475 Spring Garden Road, Suite #204
Let loose while tightening the bonds you’ve developed during the conference.