2018 WAVE Award Winners

A Sweet Release...

Posted: March 5, 2018

The 2018 Women Making Waves event, a two-day screen industry conference hosted by Women in Film & Television – Atlantic (WIFT-AT), wrapped up on Saturday night with the announcement of the 2018 WAVE Awards recipients and the winner of the Pitch Competition.

Honouring outstanding contributions by women in film, television and digital media in Atlantic Canada, the 2018 WAVE Awards, presented by DHX Media, recipients are producer Terry Greenlaw, film educator and mentor Janet Hawkwood and writer, director, producer Rachel Bower.

Also, Amy Trefry was announced as the winner of the Pitch Competition, presented by CBC – receiving more than $10,000 in prizes including $5,000 cash production grant and $5,000 in equipment rentals from William F. White, plus sound services from Village Sound and colour correct services from 902Post. Five emerging female filmmakers pitched their story concepts to an industry jury earlier that day. Trefry’s film All the Owls is considered a “feminist monster movie” about Ella, a woman who has joined forces with giant metamorphosed nocturnal predators to get revenge on abusive men.

About the WAVE Award winners:

Terry Greenlaw: Terry Greenlaw has been a generous mentor to many in the local film industry. As a partner at production company Picture Plant Ltd. since 1988, Terry has brought many local productions to life. Her work on the award-winning Studio Black provided valuable new opportunities to emerging talent from the local Black community. She produced the popular indie feature film Hard Drive, the CBC series Gullage's and the documentary The Man of a Thousand Songs which premiered to standing ovations at TIFF.

Janet Hawkwood: Janet Hawkwood is an educator and filmmaker. For the past 17 years her creative time and energy has been directed towards the Screen Arts Program at the Nova Scotia Community College. Involved in the initial creation of this 2-year film production program, Janet continues to search out new and creative ways for herself and her students to connect and collaborate with others in the cultural community. As part of her work, Janet has partnered with NSCC International for the past four years, leading documentation and oral history projects with screen arts students in Grenada and Tanzania.

Rachel Bower: Rachel Bower has worked as a camera operator and editor for CTV, CBC and the Outdoor Life Network. In recent years, Rachel has moved into producing and directing short films and documentaries. Her independent documentaries have been screened at film festivals around the world. In the Same Boat and The Singing Lumberjack won best documentary at the Silver Wave Film Festival. Rachel has directed and written over half a dozen episodes for CBC’s documentary series Land and Sea.

Women Making Waves 2018, the eighth annual gathering, was a jam-packed two days of compelling speakers, screenings, networking, panels and workshops.

Other highlights included:

  • Screening: Ava + Q&A with director Sadaf Foroughi.
  • Conversation with Steph Ouaknine, Producer of Carmilla, a Canadian web series about lesbian vampire romance that exploded into 70 million YouTube views and a feature film.
  • Conversation with Tracey Deer, Creator/Director of Mohawk Girls.
  • The “Why I Love Producing” panel, featuring female producers Ann Bernier, Mary Sexton, Terry Greenlaw and Katrina Walsh.
  • Virtual Reality Workshop that explored the future of filmmaking with Thor Henrikson of Nearby Planet VR.
  • Producing Documentary – What it means to be a filmmaker in our #staywoke, #metoo, #hashtag era featuring Laurens Grant, in partnership with the Halifax Black Film Festival.
  • Workshop: From Indie to Netflix: A Case Study of Ben’s at Home featuring Mars Horodyski.

In addition to the workshops and panels, Women Making Waves offered participants unparalleled opportunities to network with industry professionals in Atlantic Canada as well as from across the country. The Women Making Waves conference took place from Friday, March 2 - March 3 at The Lord Nelson Hotel, Halifax, NS.


Women in Film and Television - Atlantic (WIFT-AT) is a not-for-profit organization that has been in operation since 2009 and has grown steadily, already attracting close to 150 members in the Atlantic region. Its vision is to advance, promote, connect and inspire all women working in screen-based industry in Atlantic Canada.

For more information, please visit: www.womenmakingwaves.ca


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