Women Making Waves 2013

Posted: March 13, 2013

This weekend the city of Halifax will be awash with wonderfully talented women...

Women Making Waves puts the confer in conference, the wise in wisdom, and the expert in experience.  Join us March 15, 16, and 17 in Halifax, NS and catch the ‘wave.’ Whether you’re a salty vet, an emerging auteur, or a student discovering your love of the art via the Independent Category on Netflix, there will be something at the conference that excites, illuminates, provokes or inspires you.”

Women Making Waves - Co-Chairs Andrea Levesque & Vicki GrantWith everything from Master Classes to meet and mingle events – it's the perfect opportunity to access the experts, network with peers and celebrate the achievements of women in film and television.

"Women Making Waves is not a film festival or a professional conference, but instead meshes both worlds, which is important because it serves a broader range of people in Atlantic Canada then any other event.” says co-chair Women Making Waves 2013 Andrea Levesque, “It also, and this is the most important aspect, connects all those people to each other in unique and extraordinary ways. When I think, for example, of a journalism student sitting beside a veteran actor at the Digital Razzle-Dazzle panel, and the conversation they may have afterwords, well ... that's why I got involved in event."

Leah Pinsent,Phyllis Laing,Stephanie Weber Biron, Gia MilaniThis year's special guests include celebrated actress Leah Pinsent, Producer extraordinaire, Phyllis Laing Award-winning cinematographer Stephanie Weber Biron and feature film writer-director Gia Milani - to name just a few.

Friday evenings festivities will also include special Atlantic Canadian premiere screening of  THE WORLD BEFORE HER from Toronto director Nisha Pahuja’s.

An official conference release follows this post.

To have a complete look at the conference schedule click here

For everything else visit www.wift-at.com



New master classes, Leah Pinsent among highlights at Women Making Waves film, TV and digital media conference

(Halifax, March 5, 2013) Master classes for producers and cinematographers looking to take their game to the next level – and an opening conversation with celebrated actress Leah Pinsent – are among the attractions at Women Making Waves 2013, set for March 15 to 17 in Halifax.

Pinsent, a versatile performer who has played in everything from short films to television series to stage productions and feature films, will speak about the trials and rewards of working on both sides of the Canadian-US border.

Leah will also talk about the value and importance of making your own work. She recently executive produced, starred in and co-createdLove Letters, a Valentine’s Day television special, and there’s no doubt she’ll have some unique insights,” says Anita Reilly McGee, co-chair of Women Making Waves, the third annual Women in Film and Television-Atlantic conference for women and men involved and interested in the film, television and digital media fields.

Complementing the Women in Film and Television-Atlantic (WIFT-AT) event’s workshops, panels, presentations and networking opportunities this year are two master classes:

Producer Reinvented with venerable Winnipeg-based producer Phyllis Laing, whose recent credits include All The Wrong Reasons (shot last fall in Halifax), Mad Ship, and Guy Maddin’s Keyhole, as well as the celebrated TV series Less Than Kind, recently nominated for 10 Canadian Screen Awards. The head of Buffalo Gal Pictures will show participants how to create a strategy for maintaining their livelihoods, creating strategies for survival and growth and continue to be part of the rich fabric of regional storytelling despite a constantly changing industry. This workshop is presented in conjunction with Film and Creative Industries Nova Scotia

Depth of Field: Inside Cinematography with the innovative Stephanie Weber Biron, an award-winning cinematographer who has worked on Quebec phenom Xavier Dolan’s feature films I Killed My Mother and Heartbeats; helmed Jason Buxton’s acclaimed Blackbird; and Higglety Pigglety Pop!, a short directed by Spike Jonze and featuring the voices of Meryl Streep and Forest Whitaker. The Montreal resident, who was Director of Photography on All The Wrong Reasons, will share her experiences working with the creative team – from the director to the camera assistant – and offer insights into visual style: how to talk about it, technical needs, determining size of crews, choice of camera and overall aesthetic approach

“We’ve listened to people in the local industry who say they want intensive, hands-on training in their fields. These master classes are our response, and we’re confident they’ll be hugely successful and pave the way for more,” says co-chair Andrea Levesque.

Meanwhile, a diverse range of sessions offers something for everyone, from the resilient vet to the emerging auteur to the student discovering his or her love of the art form. They include:

The Digital RazzleDazzle: It’s not enough to make a show or film anymore – you must supplement with digital material. Our panel, including Richard Huggard of Ad-Dispatch and Mavis Huntley of john st., tells you how to stand above the crowd in the online, app and interactive realm

If You Hear It, Clear It: Any piece of music you use in your production – score, original songs, jingles, karaoke, ukulele renditions of love songs, ringtones, singing parrots – is owned by someone. Canadian clearance guru Elizabeth Klinck helps you navigate the copyright issues while realizing your tonal dreams

Soon To Be A Major Motion Picture: Taking Your Book to the Screen: Maybe you’ve got a great book, but turning prose into a screen adaptation is a long and complicated process. Learn the ropes from our panel, including TV writer-turned-novelist Vicki Grant, director and producer Barbara Doran, literary agent Shaun Bradley, and author and filmmaker Shandi Mitchell.

Putting Your Best Pitch Forward: Everyone’s gotta do it – pitch their ideas so partners come on board to realize the dream, whether that’s a documentary, feature, fiction series, reality show or animation. Renowned trainer and consultant Jan Miller presents an interactive workshop that gives participants a chance to craft and make their pitch and get immediate feedback

Paradigm Shifters: The Social Doc Filmmaker: Inspired, passionate, compassionate, relentless. The documentary filmmaker is sometimes the unwanted guest poking around, opening doors that are purposely closed, giving voice to the silenced, exposing injustice. Join filmmakers Nance Ackerman (Four Feet Up, Cottonland), Laura Turnbull (Struggle, Finding Barakah) and others for a look at their work and how it affects social change

A special screening (the Atlantic Canadian premiere) of The World Before Her, Toronto director Nisha Pahuja’s compelling journey into two extremes in modern India – girls vying to win a beauty completion and girls training as Hindu guerillas – takes place Friday at 8:30 p.m. at the Lord Nelson Hotel.

The final day for Women Making Waves 2013 features a conversation with actor turned writer-director Gia Milani. Based in New Brunswick, Gia helmed her first feature film – All The Wrong Reasons - last fall in Halifax, with a cast that included Glee’s Cory Monteith. It won the Script Accessible Award at the Slamdance Film Festival for Gia, whose work runs the gamut from short films (Bathroom Stalled) to drama (A Dark Radius).

And it wraps up with the WAVE Awards, honouring women in the Atlantic screen industries.

Conference passes, master classes, and individual event tickets are now available to everyone. For more information, and to register, visit www.wift-at.com.

The conference takes place at 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.

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  1. Can't wait to go. It's such a well-run conference.


    Comment by Irene Duma — March 14, 2013 @ 12:08 am

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