Each year, Women in Film and Television - Atlantic (WIFT-AT) attracts highly-skilled 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 registered for the entire conference have access to all conference events with the exception of the Add-On Friday Workshops. The Friday Workshops require separate tickets that can be purchased when you register online or on the 8th floor of the Hotel Halifax at 8:30 a.m. on March 6.


You didn't get a chance to purchase a full conference pass there are still tickets available for some of the individual conference events.


March 6 - 7, 2020

Hotel Halifax

1990 Barrington St., Halifax, Nova Scotia

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


A Sound is Worth a Thousand Words

Workshop Instructor: Jane Tattersall
Add-on Friday Workshop

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Location: Hotel Halifax - MacDonald McNab Room

Note: Friday Add-on Workshops are not included in the conference pass.

Outstanding sound design can propel any film to a new level, bringing the audience an unforgettable sonic experience. Join Jane Tattersall of Sim Post Toronto for this workshop that will introduce you to how you can use sound to convey what words and images can’t. Jane will give some artistic as well as technical examples of how sound can be used in different ways, will introduce you to some different microphones and their capabilities, address how to save bad sound, discuss naturalism versus manipulated sound, and more. 

Really? I’d Never Considered That! A Career Strategy Session

Workshop Instructor: Sharon McGowan
Add-on Friday Workshop

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Location: Hotel Halifax - McKay Mayflower Room

Note: Friday Add-on Workshops are not included in the conference pass.

How often do you ask yourself Why am I doing this? Where do I want to be in five years? (We’ve all been there!) This workshop might be a perfect fit for you. Filmmakers and screenwriters, emerging to established will benefit from insightful strategies for building a sustainable career.  
Drawing from years of experience guiding filmmakers, professionally and as a professor at UBC, Sharon will explore plotting a viable and accessible career path; setting reasonable goals; finding appropriate financial, creative and practical support; developing mentors and becoming a mentor; building a portfolio of projects and/or experience; and, expanding your connections and affiliations. Sharon knows how to provoke thought, challenge assumptions, and ask the tough questions! 
Please note: The workshop will include practical hands-on exercises and online research, so please bring a pen and paper and a device for searching the internet (or arrange for someone to share with). These 3.5 hours might just pivot and propel your career. 

The Art of the Edit

Workshop Instructor: Wiebke von Carolsfeld
Add-on Friday Workshop
Presented with support from the Canadian Cinema Editors and the Directors Guild of Canada - Atlantic Regional Council

Time: 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Location: Hotel Halifax - MacDonald McNab Room

Note: Friday Add-on Workshops are not included in the conference pass.

Cut by cut, choice by choice, how do you take a sea of footage and refine it into a cohesive and impactful narrative? Join award-winning filmmaker Wiebke von Carolsfeld to explore the creative process of film editing, which often starts long before shooting and continues just as often well past picture lock. Deepen your understanding of the aesthetics of cinematic storytelling, scene structure, rhythm, as well as working with music and sound. See firsthand how editing can dramatically change a scene through selected excerpts from Wiebke’s work. An editor of thirteen feature films (Including An Audience of Chairs, Fugitive Pieces, and The Saver), Wiebke has unique insights into the process as she is also an accomplished director in her own right (Marion Bridge, STAY, The Saver). Learn the rules of editing ­– and how to break them!

How to Create a Binge-worthy Show in the Era of Global Streaming

Workshop Instructor: Amy Cameron
Add-on Friday Workshop

Time: 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Location: Hotel Halifax - McKay Mayflower Room

Note: Friday Add-on Workshops are not included in the conference pass.

Thanks to the streamers, more and more television drama is available to audiences around the world. And Canada is a leader in the field. To quote a recent Toronto Star article, “…according to research conducted by Parrot Analytics, television produced or co-produced in Canada today has the highest rate of global “travelability” — the ability for content to attract audience demand outside of the country where it was originally produced and aired — compared to any other market.” That is something to be very proud of. Discover the secrets to surviving and thriving in television drama from the executive producer behind an inspiring range of internationally acclaimed TV shows (Mary Kills People, Little Dog). Amy Cameron journalist, author, TV series creator, broadcast executive and executive producer will share her experience and advice on building a TV show for a global audience from idea to execution. Amy will discuss the skills, approaches and practical strategies required to develop a screen-worthy concept, write and execute a compelling pitch, design a cast and crew with diversity in mind, structure a writers’ room, get a show off the ground, and keep viewers watching.

Screening of nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up and Q&A with Director Tasha Hubbard

Presented by The Director's Guild of Canada

Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.

Location: Hotel Halifax - Baronet Ballroom

On August 9, 2016, a young Cree man named Colten Boushie died from a gunshot to the back of his head after entering Gerald Stanley’s rural property with his friends. The jury’s subsequent acquittal of Stanley captured international attention, raising questions about racism embedded within Canada’s legal system and propelling Colten’s family to national and international stages in their pursuit of justice. Sensitively directed by Tasha Hubbard, nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up weaves a profound narrative encompassing the filmmaker’s own adoption, the stark history of colonialism on the Prairies, and a vision of a future where Indigenous children can live safely on their homelands.


The screening will be followed by a short question and answer session with the director of nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up, Tasha Hubbard.  

Opening Reception

Presented by The Director's Guild of Canada

Time: 8:45 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Location: Hotel Halifax - Bluenose 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 10th 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 during this event, 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!


10th Annual Women Making Waves Conference Welcome

Speaker: Kimberlee McTaggart

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Location: Hotel Halifax - Baronet Ballroom

Start your day off right with hot coffee, warm croissants, and stimulating conversation before diving into the Conference. Women in Film and Television - Atlantic Chair, Kimberlee McTaggart, will officially welcome the audience to the 2020 Women Making Waves Conference. 

Spotlight Conversation with Meredith MacNeill: Playing The Game While Changing The Game 

Host: Jackie Torrens
Speaker: Meredith Macneill

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.

Location: Hotel Halifax - Baronet Ballroom

The Globe and Mail, Indiewire, Vanity Fair & New York Times have all lauded Baroness Von Sketch Show as a comedy game-changer, thanks to the genius of the show's four, mid-life, female iconoclast stars. We'll have an up-close and frank conversation with Baroness Von Sketch Show's creator - the hilarious and brilliant Meredith MacNeill - about her start in the industry, how losing everything led to the creation of Baroness Von Sketch Show, her favourite sketches, and how she and her co-stars are changing the way to get things done in the business of show. 


Time: 10:15 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Grab a coffee and then head to your next session.

nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up Case Study (Sold Out)

Presented with support from the National Film Board
Session Lead: Tasha Hubbard

Time: 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Location: Hotel Halifax - MacDonald McNab Room

The most difficult stories to tell are the ones we most often need to hear. nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up is a change-making documentary that follows a grieving family’s quest for justice, and a call for us all to face the systemic racism and discrimination against Indigenous people within our nation’s juridical and legal systems.


Join award-winning filmmaker Tasha Hubbard as she shares the journey of bringing nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up to the screen. 

Hell Hath No Fury: Elevating Women in Horror Writing (Sold Out)  

Presented by the Harold Greenberg Fund
Session Lead: Nikki Saltz

Time: 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Location: Hotel Halifax - McKay Mayflower Room

Since the advent of the horror genre, audiences have been thrilled, titillated shocked and horrified - but when it comes to the depiction of women in these films, we've also been let down. However, as the horror genre continues to elevate in terms of tackling socially relevant subject matter, there's also room to elevate the quality of female villains and heroes in the horror screenplay. Writer and story editor Nikki Saltz will approach the question of how to write better, scarier, and more captivating women in horror. Using Jungian Archetypes and The Hero's Journey, Nikki lays out the key questions that horror writers should ask themselves. Aimed at writers and creatives, Nikki will provide a number of strategies designed to spotlight writing nuanced women in a genre that's been under-serving them. Finally, Nikki presents a live story hacking session that uses the principles laid out, to assist a writer working on a horror script.


Audience members should be aware that this lecture will contain clips from horror films that may contain violence, gore and other disturbing material.

Musical Chairs Networking Lunch

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Location: Hotel Halifax - Baronet Ballroom 

We are going to mix things up with a refreshing lunch and stimulating conversation! Delegates will be invited to join a table of peers and industry experts. You will meet new friends and have an opportunity to talk about what is on your mind. Then, when you are ready for dessert, you'll be invited to join a new table, with more new people to meet and new conversations to enjoy...trust us, it’s fun!

Keynote Address: Keep the Wave Going

Speaker: Sharon McGowan

Time: 1:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Location: Hotel Halifax - Baronet Ballroom

In recent years Canada has earned the position as a world leader in the struggle for gender equality in its screen industry. Commitments to gender equity in funding and career-boosting opportunities for women directors, writers and producers made by NFB, Telefilm, CMF, CBC and, more recently, the CRTC, have made national and international headlines. However, indigenous and racialized women are still vastly underrepresented in leadership positions. Women overall are underrepresented in most below-the-line positions in the industry. And in the larger ecosystem that can make or break careers – distribution, financing, film criticism – women are few and far between. A leader in feminist activism, Sharon McGowan highlights the changes made to date, key events and tactics that led to those changes, and strategies to create a truly inclusive and equitable industry where all women will be welcome, safe, celebrated and keep the wave going!

The Path of Directors: Breaking Boundaries

Presented by Telefilm Canada
Host: Donna Davies
Panellists: Heather Young, Megan Wennberg, Nicole Steeves and Jackie Torrens

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

Location: Hotel Halifax - Baronet Ballroom

The Path of Directors: Breaking Boundaries panel celebrates local filmmakers who are finding new and creative ways of putting stories on screen. Devoted to disrupting, reinventing and challenging perceptions, claiming space, and creating opportunities, these directors are making an impact and making waves before and behind the lens.


The panel will encourage conversation about pushing the limits of creative control and the part we can all play to catalyze the growth of women-centric projects and support each others’ voices.


Time: 3:00 p.m. to 3:15

Head to your next session.

Music and Image Make Magic (Sold Out)

Host: Deanne Foley
Panellists: Duane Andrews and Wiebke von Carolsfeld

Time: 3:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Location: Hotel Halifax - MacDonald McNab Room

We’ve heard that music can be a character in film and that a well-crafted score can propel a story forward, but what’s the secret to building the body of sound that elevates the visual, transporting viewers to an embracing emotional and physical environment? The team behind the music design of the award-winning feature, An Audience of Chairs, will take you on the musical journey of the film. Director, Deanne Foley, along with composer, Duane Andrews and editor, Wiebke von Carolsfeld, will offer valuable insight into the director/composer/editor relationship from pre-production to completion and the workflow that leads to a powerful collaboration of sound and picture. The team will demystify the artistic and dramatic craft of scoring for film firsthand, through the breakdown of a key scene. The review will demonstrate how music can convey complex elements such as theme, character, emotion, atmosphere, as well as our feature experts’ unique approach to scoring that influenced actors during production. 

The Mystery of Line Producing ... Solved (Sold Out)

Host: Janet Hawkwood​
Panellists: Ginny Jones Duzak, Jenipher Ritchie, Elizabeth Guildford

Time: 3:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Location: Hotel Halifax - McKay Mayflower Room

The goal of this much-needed conversation, led by NSCC’s Janet Hawkwood, is to answer this nagging question with three of the top women in our region. Ginny Jones Duzak, Jenipher Ritchie, and Elizabeth Guildford are just some of our unsung industry heroines bringing work to our local industry. Mining anecdotal stories and unique perspectives from their extensive careers in both film and television, (Moby Dick, Diggstown, and 22 Minutes to name a few) Ginny, Jenipher and Elizabeth will explore the differences between a line producer and a production manager and when a Line Producer is a ‘must-have’ line item in the budget. They will also share the line producer’s working relationship and impact on all the departments at each stage of production, from prep to post and the behind-the-scenes negotiations to keep production running smoothly, on time and on budget.


Time: 4:30 p.m. to 4:45

The day isn’t winding down yet! Take a break and then head to the gorgeous Bluenose Ballroom for our annual Pitch Competition.

THE CBC Pitch Competition

Presented by CBC   
Host: Jan Miller

Time: 4:45 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Location: Hotel Halifax - Bluenose Ballroom

Experience the excitement and the suspense of being part of the audience as five 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, Hideout Studios and William F. White International Inc.

The IOM Media Ventures WAVE Awards Celebration Dinner (Sold Out)

Presented by IOM Media Ventures

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Location: Hotel Halifax - Baronet 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! 

902 Post Party

Presented by 902 Post

After a great day of networking and learning, time to kick back and finish those conversations you started. Head to 902 Post to let loose while tightening the bonds you’ve developed during the conference. 


Limited shuttle service will be available from the Hotel Halifax to 902 Post.

A message from Doug at 902 Post: 

"For 5 years now, Kathy and I have looked forward to hosting our favourite party of the year. The Saturday after-party is a wonderful evening spending some social time with our friends and clients while soaking up the enthusiasm in the room. 902 Post is happy to be hosting the Women in Film and Television - Atlantic after-party again this year. I'd like to take this opportunity to thank all of you who've supported 902 Post over the years. If it wasn't for the women in film and tv in Atlantic Canada, there simply wouldn't be a 902 Post."

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