WIFT MAKING WAVES CONFERENCE
CONNECT. ADVANCE. INSPIRE.

The annual WIFT Making Waves Conference celebrates, empowers and connects industry professionals. The Conference is a unique opportunity to learn from industry experts, network with peers, and participate in Women in Film and Television - Atlantic’s ongoing efforts to expand representation and gender equity in film and television. The Conference is an opportunity for film, television and screen-based media professionals in a variety of roles to come together and learn about the industry.

This year, WIFT Making Waves will be held virtually over three days instead of the historic two, spreading out the content to prevent fatigue and allowing for manageable breaks. Closed captioning and ASL will be provided for all webinars!

The agenda includes presentations, screenings, workshops, panel discussions, spotlight conversations, and plenty of networking opportunities. See below for details!
 

DETAILS

March 25-27, 2022

Virtual Conference

All speakers, panellists and workshops are  subject to change without notice. Please check back for additions.

FRIDAY, MARCH 25, 2021

WIFT-AT Welcome Opening Night Networking Gala

Time: 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. ADT

Platform: Remo

It’s finally here! Women in Film and Television - Atlantic (WIFT-AT) welcomes you to a celebratory networking event to kick off the 12th Annual Women Making Waves Conference.  This is a fantastic opportunity to mingle with industry experts and emerging talent alike from the comfort of your home.

DGC Opening Night Screening: Run Woman Run

Presented by DGC in partnership with Telefilm Canada

Time: 7:30 p.m. ADT

Platform: Eventive

Run Woman Run is a magical anti-rom com about Beck, a bereaved single mom who has lost her passion for life and for her Mohawk language after the death of her mom. Now Beck lives for donuts in her bathrobe where she even drives to the mailbox. Beck’s lifestyle lands her in the hospital where she wakes from a diabetic coma to see she has conjured the ghost of a legendary Six Nations marathon runner. Instead of rallying to take charge of her life, Beck runs away from her problems, alienating her family. Alone and bereft, Beck has to win them back. She finally listens to her ghostly coach who goads her, makes fun of her, and ultimately inspires her to become a runner herself. Beck learns to run, but most importantly she learns to be grateful for her life. She honours the earth and her family with every run, leading her back to her calling: to learn her language.

Please note: This film will be available for 24 hours to viewers in Atlantic Canada.





Opening Spotlight Conversation with Sahraa Karimi

Featuring Sahraa Karimi, and Aisha Jamal

Time: 10:00a.m. to 10:45 a.m. ADT

Platform: Zoom Webinar

Sahraa Karimi is an Afghan film director, activist, and the first female chairperson of the Afghan Film Organization. She has directed 30 short films, 3 documentary films and one fiction film Hava, Maryam, Ayesha which had its world premier at the 76th Venice Film Festival, and was the first and only woman in Afghanistan to have a PhD in cinema and filmmaking. Karimi fled from Afghanistan to Ukraine during the 2021 fall of Kabul, and has called on the international community to speak out against the plight of filmmakers and artists in Afghanistan. For this session, Sahraa Karimi will join Toronto-based filmmaker and film programmer, Aisha Jamal, for a conversation about Sahraa’s story, her upcoming film, Flight From Kabul, and the role of film in the face of humanitarian crises.

Performers’ Roundtable, Sponsored by ACTRA Maritimes

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. ADT

Platform: Zoom Webinar

The Performers Roundtable is an interactive roundtable discussion featuring three of Canada’s top talents. Performers Maya Henry, Anna Hopkins, and Reid Price will share their experiences, digging into a variety of topics related to the craft of acting, how they work with directors, and what they need to be supported on set, while fielding questions and open discussion from the audience.

This panel will be moderated by Gil Anderson, an award winning actor who also serves as ACTRA Maritimes Branch Council Secretary.

Maya Henry is a Canadian actress and social media content creator. Since creating  her YouTube channel as a way to chronicle her transition and share her experience with the world  she has amassed over 27 million video views and built a YouTube family of over 216 thousand subscribers. Maya made her acting debut in the award-winning  short film For Nonna Anna and recently starred as the title character in Dawn, Her Dad & the Tractor.

Anna Hopkins is a Canadian actress, screenwriter, and director. In addition to her critically acclaimed performance in Tin Can, Anna has an extensive career in television with fan favourite roles on shows including The Expanse, Arrow, The Flash and Shadowhunters, with the latter earning her a Teen Choice Award nomination for choice TV Villain.

Reid Price is an actor by way of London, Ontario, who now calls Nova Scotia home. Look for him on TV on The Sinner (NBC Universal, Netflix), FROM (MGM EPIX) Chapelwaite (MGM EPIX), Moonshine (CBC), Diggstown (CBC, BET), Mr. D (CBC), and Trailer Park Boys (Swearnet), as well as feature films, Bone Cage, Dawn, Her Dad and the Tractor, and The Madones.

Decolonizing the Set: The Ice Walk docu-series

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ADT

Platform: Zoom Webinar

Join us for a conversation about The Ice Walk, a four-part docu-series directed by Mi'kmaq filmmaker Eliza Knockwood. The series explores the 2021 Ice Walk, a reconciliation event hosted by Lennox Island First Nation commemorating the lives lost on the treacherous journey made by the Mi'kmaq people across the ice from mainland PEI to the isolated Lennox Island Reserve. The series follows community Elders as they share their stories, exploring the question; is The Ice Walk another performative reconciliation event, or is the settler community really ready to commit to change?

 

The conversation will feature Eliza Knockwood, a creative director, spiritual film artist, and writer from Epekwitk (Prince Edward Island), and Renee Laprise, producer and former Executive Director of FilmPEI, in a conversation about decolonizing the set and the enriching experience of producing The Ice Walk. This session will be moderated by St. John’s-based actor, writer, and filmmaker Elizabeth Hicks.

Workshop: Shooting Black and White

Instructor: Becky Parsons

Time: 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. ADT

Platform: Zoom Webinar

Recently we've seen a trend towards black and white movies and audiences are choosing to watch them. This workshop will explore the technical how-tos for capturing black and white as well as artistic considerations including the emotional layering of photography and why a film would be shot in black and white over colour. 

 

Becky Parsons has worked professionally within the Canadian film and TV industry for twenty plus years, best known for cinematography. (Weirdos by Bruce McDonald, Radio Canada's À la Valdrague and the feature doc Carmine Street Guitars). Weirdos was released as a black and white film across theatres in Canada and was nominated for best motion picture by the Canadian Screen Academy, 2017.

 

As cinematographer Becky wrapped production on Barrie Dunn's feature film "The Madones" last week. This is set in black and white, and in recent months Becky has shot black and white photography on other projects; for hardware corporation Kent and the another for Keepers Whiskey, a commercial produced by and starring Jonathan Torrens.

Telefilm Presents: Subjects of Desire Film Screening

Presented by Telefilm Canada

Time: 6:30 p.m. ADT, available to watch for 24 hours

Platform: Private Online Screening Room

Subjects of Desire explores the cultural shift in North American beauty standards towards embracing Black female aesthetics and features while exposing the deliberate and often dangerous portrayals of Black women in the media. From society’s new fixation on the ‘booty’, fuller lips, the dramatic rise of spray tanned skin, ethnic hairstyles, and athletic bodies, some argue that Black women are having a beauty moment.  But others, primarily Black women, argue that traditional Black features and attributes are seen as more desirable when they are on White women.  

 

Told from the POV of women who aren’t afraid to challenge conventional beauty standards, the film is partially set at the 50th Anniversary of the Miss Black America Pageant, a beauty pageant that was created as a political protest.  

 

Subjects of Desire is a culturally significant, provocative film that deconstructs what we understand about race and the power behind beauty.

Please note: This film  will be available for 24 hours to viewers in Atlantic Canada.

Subjects of Desire Q&A with Jennifer Holness

Presented by Telefilm Canada

Time: 8:30 p.m to 9:00 pm. ADT

Platform: Zoom Webinar

Jennifer Holness, director/writer/producer of Subjects of Desire, will share insight and answer questions about this can’t-miss film.

SATURDAY, MARCH 26, 2021

SUNDAY, MARCH 27, 2021

Workshop: Working with Intimacy Coordinators

Presented by Clerisy Entertainment

Instructor: Yarit Dor

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. ADT

Platform: Zoom Webinar

This online workshop will look at the role of the Intimacy Coordinator for screen and how to work with them in pre production and on the shoot day. Yarit Dor, an IDC certified Intimacy Coordinator and one of the leading Intimacy Coordinators in the UK, will share insights to her process as well as information relating to her role when working with other departments such as cast, costume, sound, camera etc.

Workshop: An Introduction to the Circle of Life

Instructor: Eliza Knockwood

Time: 12:45 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. ADT

Platform: Zoom Webinar

“All human beings have the capacity to grow and change. The four aspects of our nature (the physical, the mental, the emotional, and the spiritual) can be developed when we have a vision of what is possible and when we use our volition (will) to change our actions and our attitudes so that they will be closer to our vision of a happy, healthy human being.” – The Sacred Tree

The Circle of Life is also interpreted as the Medicine Wheel, Mayan Cross, Celtic Cross, among others. These inherent teachings have been used as a tool for healing and inner understanding. It makes sense out of the world and gives order to it. The colours, the direction, the teachings are all part of the journey that leads us to deeper awareness. Hosted by Eliza Knockwood, an Epekwitk (PEI) -based spiritual film artist, and writer and director of The Ice Walk, this workshop will teach participants how to apply these principles to the production process and foster connections within film crews.

Workshop: The Secrets of Writing Hit TV Series
Presented by CBC

Instructor: Cynthia Knight

Time: 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. ADT

Platform: Zoom Webinar

Have a brilliant idea for a TV series but no clue how to make it into a killer pilot? Or have a stellar script but no clue how to make it into a long-lasting series? Curious to know how the TV sausage is made?

 

Then join Cynthia Knight as she shares the secrets of writing hit TV series.

 

Learn the main difference between writing for film and writing for television. And discover the secrets of professional TV writing - how to make a good concept great, how to craft a series that will last for many seasons, that will excite broadcasters, entertain audiences, and that matters to you.

 

Participants are encouraged to send us their project loglines to have them discussed in the workshop! 

Please send by 12:00 pm Saturday March 25th to ellie@wift-at.com

WAVE Awards Celebration and Networking Event  

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. ADT

Platform: Zoom 

The WAVE Awards are presented annually to honour remarkable professionals working in film, television, and screen-based media throughout the Atlantic provinces. Join us for the 2022 virtual edition of this signature event and salute members making waves - even during a pandemic!

This night will celebrate all that we've collectively accomplished and all that we've been through as a community over the last year. Toast to friends, old and new, and to bright futures ahead!