2013 WINNERS of the WAVE Awards

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Posted: March 17, 2013

Outstanding Atlantic Canadian women honoured during 2013 WAVE Awards for film, TV and digital media

(Halifax, March 17, 2013) The 2013 WAVE Awards were announced today, capping the third annual Women Making Waves, a three-day conference marked by compelling speakers, dynamic panels and informative workshops.

Honouring outstanding contributions by women in film, television and digital media, the awards went to Lisa Rose Snow, Louise Lalonde and Angie Kokic.

WIFT-AT 2013 Winners“These three women are a terrific example of how women impact the field in diverse ways,” said Anita Reilly McGee, co-chair with Andrea Levesque of Women Making Waves 2013. “The Wave Awards are unique in that there are no categories – we are saluting women for their talents, their achievements, and their support of the industry.”

About the winners:

- Lisa Rose Snow is an emerging actor, writer, and producer in Halifax. Her Forerunners Playwrights’ Theatre has premiered many Canadian plays; she has appeared on screen in Seed, Call Me Fitz, All The Wrong Reasons and Everyone’s Famous; and she will soon be directing her screenplay, Two Penny Road Kill, under AFCOOP’s Film 5 program. A creator of Organic Water Productions, Lisa recently shadow-directed Thom Fitzgerald on Forgive Me, his new TV show.

- Louise Lalonde’s experience in film production ranges from craft services to directing, but screenwriting is her passion - she currently has five feature-length scripts in development. The PEI resident is well known for her five-day intensive screenwriting workshop, which is funded by various organizations and provided free to participants. Louise’s work is witnessed in the many filmmakers she has nurtured who are bringing their work to Canada and the world.

- Angie Kokic is a key component of many productions throughout Halifax, bringing with her boundless energy, a positive attitude and many resources. Her accounting expertise is valued by those working their way through the labyrinth of the Canadian film finance system. Based in Halifax, Angie’s industry contacts include producers, financing agencies, unions, suppliers, banks and crew – and her creative support goes way beyond the confines of a spreadsheet.

“I work with terrific people. It’s a pleasure to go to work every day,” Kokic told a packed house at the WAVE Awards brunch at Le Bistro in Halifax on Sunday.

Other highlights included a conversation Sunday morning with Gia Milani, writer-director of All The Wrong Reasons, a feature film shot in Halifax last fall. She was interviewed by CBC journalist Christine McLean, about the joys and challenges of making her first feature film, a process she called a “collaboration” with her cast and crew.

“I don’t have all of the answers, and people brought me the best gifts,” she said, referring to the ideas and knowledge gleaned from colleagues. She also talked about the celebrity surrounding All The Wrong Reasons’ lead Cory Monteith (Glee).

“We had gone out for dinner one night at the Wooden Monkey and I found out later that somebody at the next table was live tweeting our conversation,” noted Milani with a chuckle.

Hosted by Women in Film and Television-Atlantic (WIFT-AT), Women Making Waves 2013 attracted delegates from across the Atlantic region, all keen to hear from keynote speaker Leah Pinsent (Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town, Made in Canada), and learn from presenters including producer Phyllis Laing (Less Than Kind) and cinematographer Stephanie Weber Biron (Blackbird, I Killed My Mother).

They also came for an array of panels, workshops and networking opportunities, including sessions on transmedia, pitching, music clearances, social documentaries, and adapting books for screen – as well as a speakeasy evening at The Hideout Studios post-production house.

“After three years, I can see how Women Making Waves has really hit its stride,” says event co-chair Andrea Levesque.

“Participants this year expected a high-caliber event and they weren’t disappointed. From the highly specialized master classes to the compelling panel discussions to the engaging networking opportunities, people were soaking up advice and sharing knowledge.”

Women Making Waves takes place at the University of King’s College, Lord Nelson Hotel, and NSCAD University. WIFT-AT gratefully recognizes the support of Film and Creative Industries Nova Scotia, Telefilm Canada, as well as an array of industry sponsors.

WIFT, an international organization with 37 chapters and more than 10,000 members, was founded in 1973. It is committed to advancement for women in professional development and achievement in film, video and other screen-based media. Founded in 2009, WIFT-AT is the Atlantic Canadian chapter of the international organization.

For previous posts on this year's WOMEN MAKING WAVES Conferences check out Opening Night and Women Making Waves 2013

For everything else visit www.wift-at.com

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