The annual Women 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, Women Making Waves will be held virtually over four days instead of the historic two, spreading out the content to prevent fatigue and allowing for manageable breaks. Events will not be held simultaneously this year, allowing attendees to partake in double the content for a fraction of the price! The virtual world also lends itself to increased accessibility for attendees – 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. Check out the Virtual Conference 101 page for more information on how this year's event is being hosted!



March 25-28, 2021

Virtual Conference

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


WIFT-AT Welcome and Opening Night Networking Reception

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 11th Annual Women Making Waves Conference. Chair of the WIFT-AT Board of Directors, Brittany Kerr, will officially welcome the audience to the 2021 Virtual Edition of Women Making Waves.


Then comes the fun - join us for our annual Opening Night Networking Reception! This is a fantastic opportunity to mingle with industry experts and emerging talent alike from the comfort of your home.

Wait a second - how do you mingle virtually? Remo is an innovative, online networking platform that fosters easy, face-to-face interactions, just like in real life. Attendees can interact in real-time by moving throughout a simulated conference and joining a table. You can even exchange virtual business cards!


For more information on using Remo, visit Virtual Conference 101.

Spotlight Conversation: Meet the Changemakers Behind the Award-Winning Film, Black Bodies

Presented by Telefilm Canada
Moderator: Tara Taylor
Speakers: Kelly Fyffe-Marshall, Tamar Bird, Sasha Leigh Henry

Time: 7:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. ADT

Platform: Zoom Webinar

True changemakers in this industry use their art to open dialogue and affect change through story. It is no wonder then that our three Spotlight Conversation panellists - Kelly Fyffe-Marshall, Tamar Bird, and Sasha Leigh Henry - were the recipients of the inaugural TIFF Changemaker Award, presented by the Shawn Mendes Foundation, for their powerful, groundbreaking film, Black Bodies.


Directed by Kelly Fyffe-Marshall and produced by Tamar Bird and Sasha Leigh Henry, Black Bodies premiered at the 2020 Toronto International Film Festival to critical acclaim. Inspired by a real-life incident when Fyffe-Marshall, Komi Olaf and Donisha Prendergast were travelling in California, the film features Olaf and Prendergast performing spoken word pieces about the trauma of being victimized by anti-Black racism. Black Bodies was selected for the 2021 Sundance Film Festival and named to TIFF's year-end Canada's Top Ten list for short films. These women are surely making waves!


Following a screening of the film, WIFT-AT vice-chair, Tara Taylor, will host a special conversation with the filmmakers as they discuss their film, its success, and "making ripples where you are".




Hot Docs Doc Ignite: Creating Your Pitch and Marketing Trailers

Workshop Instructor: Madelaine Russo

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. ADT

Platform: Zoom Webinar

Not a marketing guru? Cut by cut, choice by choice, trailers are essential for both getting your film funded and the marketing of your finished film. Join Hot Docs Industry Programmer, Madelaine Russo, in exploring the many factors one has to consider throughout the process of editing a trailer. In this two-hour workshop, attendees will learn the difference between a pitch trailer and a marketing trailer, be able to answer the key questions required to cut an effective pitch or marketing trailer, know how to identify different styles of trailers, and finally, be confident in how to structure a trailer​ to maximize audience reach.

The Art of Giving and Receiving Feedback

Moderator: Karen Walton
Panellists: Vivian Lin, Heather Young, JJ Neepin, Louise Lalonde, Asia Youngman

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. ADT

Platform: Zoom Webinar

The process of delivering constructive, insightful, and honest feedback is not just a skill, but an art form. Just ask a writer to tell you about some of the feedback they’ve received! Script notes are essential for a screenwriter to hone their craft and improve their screenplay, but this process can be incredibly damaging if done improperly. So how do you give feedback that is honest, professional, culturally sensitive and focused? And how do you interpret those notes that allows you to stay true to your creative vision while moving toward the next draft? Join moderator Karen Walton (Ginger Snaps, Queer as Folk) in conversation with panellists Vivian Lin, Heather Young, JJ Neepin, Louise Lalonde and Asia Youngman as they share their unique experiences and suggest best practices for productive collaboration.

Navigating the Complex World of Business Affairs

Moderator: Alicia De Four
Panellists: Nan MacDonald, Tamara Dawit, Allison White, Linda Callaghan, Patricia Dyson

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. ADT

Platform: Zoom Webinar

More money, more Problems? One of the greatest challenges emerging producers face is navigating the increasingly complex legal, financial, and reporting requirements that higher budget level productions necessitate. Moderated by Alicia De Four, Business Affairs Manager at Circle Blue, the panel will offer advice to emerging producers on the tax and filing implication of incorporating; tax credit calculations and opinion letters; single purpose companies vs. production companies; setting up your interim financing; clearance procedures and errors and omissions; chain of title documentation and more! Join the panel of entertainment lawyers, interim financiers, accountants, and producers as they answer your burning questions and set the next generation of Canadian producers up for success!

Sustainable Production: How To Create a Green Film Set

Workshop Instructor: Jennifer Sandoval

Time: 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. ADT

Platform: Zoom Webinar

In this immersive, interactive workshop, sustainability consultant Jennifer Sandoval will unpack the concept of sustainability and production as a dynamic system. Jennifer will break down the basics of climate change, providing attendees with the tools, resources, and technology they need to affect change in our industry and create a greener film set. Utilizing case studies and breakout groups, Jennifer will explore getting crew buy-in, the impacts of COVID-19 on sustainable production, and the infrastructure and costs involved in reducing carbon impacts. Participants will leave this session inspired to make advancements toward sustainable production in their own work.

Musical Chairs Virtual Networking Event

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

Platform: Zoom Meeting

Missing our Musical Chairs Networking Lunch this year? Don't fret! We're bringing you the same great networking opportunity virtually! Just like in person, each table (Breakout Room) will be hosted by a WIFT-AT board member. You will be automatically placed into a breakout room by Zoom, switching rooms every 15 minutes with new guests each time. This will allow for new opportunities to meet new friends and talk about what is on your mind. Trust us, it’s fun!


For more information on Virtual Conferencing, visit our Virtual Conference 101 page.

Film Screening: SHIVA BABY (2020)

Moderator: Stephanie Joline
Speaker: Emma Seligman

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

Platform: Eventive

A near college graduate, Danielle, gets paid by her sugar daddy and rushes to meet her neurotic parents at a family shiva. Upon arrival, she is accosted by various estranged relatives about her appearance and lack of post-grad plans, while her confident ex-girlfriend, Maya, is applauded by everyone for getting into law school. Danielle's day takes an unexpected turn when her sugar daddy, Max, arrives at the shiva with his accomplished wife, Kim, and crying baby. As the day unfolds, Danielle struggles to keep up different versions of herself, fend off pressures from her family and confront her insecurities without completely losing it.

Emma Seligman's debut feature, SHIVA BABY, is "a caustically affectionate comedy about tightly knit families and communities, and the comfort and anguish they’re often responsible for. Seligman expertly structures the film, as Danielle lurches from one potentially catastrophic encounter to another — each one threatening to expose her multiple fabrications — while navigating spilled drinks, wailing babies, and an endless string of friends and relations anxious to give Danielle advice. Seligman’s stellar ensemble cast is spot-on." - Toronto International Film Festival

Stay tuned after the screening for a Q&A with director Emma Seligman, moderated by Stephanie Joline.


Available in NS, NB, NL, PE.

FRIDAY, MARCH 26, 2021



Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. ADT

Platform: Eventive

From Harvard University to the halls of the Louvre Museum, passing by a cosmetic surgeon’s office in Beirut, to the heart of Tokyo’s Electric Town, The Illusionists explores how the body has become “the finest consumer object.”

The preoccupation over physical beauty is as old as time; what is different today is the central role that the pursuit of the perfect body has taken: it has become our new religion. A beautiful body is seen today as key for personal and also, more importantly, economic success. The fast-paced culture brought on by globalization and the new economy has created a new paradigm of self-making: individuals are increasingly pushed to re-invent themselves; the key anxiety of the 21st century is the fear of disposability.

From New York to Tokyo, relentless propaganda reminds us that we have only one body – and that we have to enhance it. Through advertising and mass media, multibillion-dollar industries (most notably cosmetics, fashion, dieting, and cosmetic surgery) saturate our lives with images of idealized, unattainable beauty, of an “Official Body” that does not really exist in nature and that can be obtained only through cosmetic surgery… or digital retouching. The beauty industry is constantly expanding and has now found two new targets: men and children. A revolution is under way in the perception that these two groups have of themselves.

Directed by Italian filmmaker Elena Rossini, The Illusionists explores these themes through the testimonies of sociologists, politicians, magazine editors, scientists, artists and activists in North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

Using the Medium of Film as a Tool for Activism 

Moderator: Donna Davies
Speaker: Elena Rossini

Time: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ADT

Platform: Zoom Webinar

Following the screening of The Illusionists, join director Elena Rossini as she discusses "Using the Medium of Film as a Tool for Activism". Using her film as a case study, Elena will unpack the ways in which we can advocate for change through our work as filmmakers.


Rossini is an Italian film director, producer, editor and public speaker. Her film, The Illusionists, a feature-length documentary about consumer culture and the marketing of unattainable beauty ideals has been featured in Vogue Italy, New York Magazine, Mic, NPR, Fox45 and Teen Vogue. 

Nothing About Us Without Us!: Understanding What With Us
Truly Means

Moderator: Kadon Douglas
Panellists: Nathalie Younglai, Sarah Podemski, Lindsey Addawoo

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. ADT

Platform: Zoom Webinar

Moderated by Kadon Douglas, Executive Director of BIPOC TV & Film, “Nothing About Us Without Us!: Understanding What With Us Truly Means” will discuss the widely co-opted yet often misunderstood phrase, digging into the way in which we bring racialized stories to Canadian screens. From development to distribution, how much representation is enough and how should outside groups enter the fold? Panelists Nathalie Younglai (CBC’s Coroner) Sarah Podemski (Tin Star, Tonight), and Lindsey Addawoo (Queen of Hearts) will share their thoughts on the fine line between representation and tokenism.

Spotlight Conversation: Mollye Asher, Producer of NOMADLAND  

Moderator: Juanita Peters
Speaker: Mollye Asher

Time: 3:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. ADT

Platform: Zoom Webinar

“I like to take risks; all of the films I’ve done have been very different, but I think the one thing [they have] in common is that they have really strong voices,” states NYC Producer Mollye Asher, earning her the Producers Award at the 2020 Film Independent Spirit Awards. “I love the problem-solving and the challenges. I’m not going to say I like emergencies, but I like coming face-to-face with something that seems insurmountable and finding a way to make it work ….and ultimately, it is about having the right partners. It’s about creating an even back and forth with your partners so you can juggle multiple projects”.


Join filmmaker, playwright, actor, and journalist Juanita Peters in a candid, freewheeling conversation with the incomparable Mollye Asher, Spirit and Gotham Award-winning producer. Most recently, she produced the Golden Globe winning film, Nomadland, (Searchlight Pictures) starring Frances McDormand. It is Mollye’s third collaboration with writer/ director, Chloé Zhao. She also produced Chloé Zhao's The Rider (Sony Pictures Classics). The Rider premiered in the 2017 Cannes Directors Fortnight going on to win its top prize.

Case Study:The Porter - Magic Happens in the Writers' Room  

Presented by: CBC
Moderator: Lisa Codrington
Speakers: Marsha Greene and Annmarie Morais

Time: 5:00 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. ADT

Platform: Zoom Webinar

Join writers and showrunners Annmarie Morais (Killjoys, Ransom) and Marsha Greene (Coroner, Mary Kills People) as they discuss their recently greenlit, history-making CBC TV series, The Porter. Through case study detail, this conversation, moderated by Lisa Codrington, will explore getting the show greenlit, building Canada’s first all-Black writers' room, developing the characters, and shaping the season. How do you create magic in the writer’s room where ideas are spilled, stories are conquered, and characters live and die?  How do you cast the right writers? How do you create a constructive, safe environment for collaboration? How do the Writer, Story Editor, Executive Story Editor, Producer, and Executive Producer roles intersect? 


“We all spent a lot of years working and doing our own thing separately to get to this moment where we’re all poised and ready to be showrunners and executive producers,” reveals Morais about the 8-part series. This is a conversation you don't want to miss!

Film Screening: QUEEN OF THE ANDES

WIFT-AT Member Showcase
Moderator: Ruth Lawrence
Speakers: Jillian Acreman and Bhreagh MacNeil

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

Platform: Eventive

New Brunswick filmmaker Jillian Acreman's debut feature is set in a near future where the government is drafting exceptional young adults for a one-way trip to colonize Mars. Pillar (Bhreagh MacNeil) has been selected and is faced with her last days on Earth. Preparing to leave while simultaneously working to find a way out, Pillar keeps her selection a secret from her loved ones in hopes that her final encounters aren't overcome with grief and loss. While she navigates this emotional minefield, Pillar chases the one loophole that could save her.

Stay tuned after the screening for a Q&A with director, Jillian Acreman, and star, Breagh MacNeil, moderated by Ruth Lawrence.





What Do Script Supervisors Do, Anyway?

Workshop Instructor: Daniela Saioni

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

Platform: Zoom Webinar

What does a script supervisor do, anyway?  Script supervision is a sought-after, six-figure position on set that has become a reliable precursor career for many of today's top female TV directors, and yet, it continues to be the most misunderstood position on set. In this talk, veteran script supervisor Daniela Saioni takes you on a deep dive into the role and responsibilities of the script supervisor in film & television and their specific working relationships with the producer, director, writers, cast, editor and crew.  Learn how to make maximum use of the script supervisor on your next film or consider whether this is a career path for you, whether on its own or as a way to prepare for and leverage your directing career.

Inclusivity with Accountability: The Path Forward

Moderator: Lora Campbell   
Panellists: Karen Monie, Cazhhmere, Kaitlyn Adair, Cindy Long, Breton Lalama

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

Platform: Zoom Webinar

This conversation, moderated by Lora Campbell (They/Them, NL), features visionary content creators Cazhhmere (she/her, NS), Karen Monie (She/Her, NL), Kaitlyn Adair (she/her, NB), Cindy Long (she/her), and Breton Lalama (they/he) as they talk about what meaningful inclusion looks like in the industry historically, presently, and what we can do to create a better future. The panellists will engage on the topics of the importance of language and of uprooting systems of oppression in film and television - both at macro and micro levels. A Q&A will follow the conversation, creating a growing and learning opportunity for all.

The IOM Media Ventures WAVE Awards Celebration 

Presented by IOM Media Ventures

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ADT

Platform: Remo

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 2021 virtual edition of this signature event and salute members making waves - even during a pandemic!

With extra special virtual surprises, 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!

SUNDAY, MARCH 28, 2021