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Overview of Women in Film and Television - Atlantic
Women in Film and Television - Atlantic (WIFT-AT) is a non-profit professional association that connects our members and advances the careers of women working in film, television and screen-based media based in Atlantic Canada. We are committed to creating opportunities for women to grow, discover alliances, challenge stereotypes, learn from the best and be inspired by those who are standing out with unique and powerful voices.
WIFT-AT supports women through the development and execution of programming, communications, networking opportunities and member benefits to encourage strategic leadership growth and offers inspirational outreach to new members and audiences. Our programming culminates with our annual Women Making Waves Conference, a gender-inclusive celebration of the accomplishments and contributions of women working in film and the screen-based media.
Our mission is to grow and leverage the skills, talents, and potential of our members to ensure access to high-quality production and distribution resources; to exert influence at all levels of the industry; and to celebrate and extend the impact of the collaborative nature of screen-based production in the Atlantic region. Founded in 2009, the organization has grown steadily. WIFT-AT has approximately 200 active members across the Atlantic provinces.
Overview of Women Making Waves
Created by women for the benefit of all genders, 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 diversity and gender equality 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.
The 10th Annual Women Making Waves Conference kicks off with a screening of the award-winning documentary nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up directed by Tasha Hubbard on the evening of Friday, March 6th. On Saturday, the conference will feature a Spotlight Discussion with Meredith MacNeill, a case study on nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up, a keynote address by feminist activist Sharon McGowan, as well as sessions on writing for the horror genre, the relationship between composers, editors and directors, and line producing. Back again this year are the popular networking lunch, the IOM Media Ventures WAVE Awards Celebration Dinner and the CBC Pitch Competition. WIFT-AT is pleased to offer four additional workshops preceding Women Making Waves Conference on Friday, March 6th. These will include a session on sound design, business strategies, editing, and career strategies.
For the full schedule, please click here.
"WIFT-AT's Women Making Waves 2019 provided rich ground for connection, conversation, collaboration, and creation. I felt included, informed, and inspired." – R. Kossatz
“What an inspiring and empowering conference. It reminds me of the importance to have women in roles of power taking a stand and adding their voice in this industry.” – Catherine Bussiere
“Women Making Waves is a warm and inviting event for those who want a diverse and supportive film industry that supports and encourages new voices and points of view.” – Chris Campbell
"Women Making Waves has been integral in my growth as a filmmaker. I've attended every year of the past 5 and always greatly look forward to it.” – Nicole Steeves
“Women Making Waves is a wonderfully organized conference that provides great inspiration and insight for filmmakers.” – Rajnesh Sharma
2020 Women Making Waves Conference Speakers and Panellists
Ginny Jones Duzak
Wiebke Von Carolsfeld
For the full bios of this year’s speakers and panellists please click here.
Women in Film and Television - Atlantic Bios
Kimberlee McTaggart — Women in Film and Television Board of Directors Chair
Kimberlee McTaggart is a Gemini award-winning editor who has been working in the Canadian film industry for more than 25 years. After graduating from York University with a BFA in film production, Kim produced, directed, and/or edited several award-winning documentaries before beginning to work exclusively in post-production in 1994.
Kim has edited dramatic series such as Lexx, Gullages, Made in Canada, This Hour has 22 Minutes, Call Me Fitz, Studio Black, Diggstown, Seed and Pure. She was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award for her work on both Call Me Fitz and Seed, as well as the feature film Blackbird. She has also edited and post–supervised several non-dramatic series and specials for broadcast clients such as CBC, CTV, PBS, Nickelodeon, Life, VisionTV, Bravo, Showcase, History and Space.
Up for a new challenge, Kim took a break from editing for a few years to run a production company where she and her business partner produced several documentaries and two documentary series. She also worked as a business affairs consultant for other companies during this time, and executive produced several short dramatic films. She is now back in the editor’s chair full-time.
Kim has been serving as WIFT-AT Chair for the last three years. She is also a founding member of the new Halifax Chapter of the Canadian Cinema Editors and serves on their board of directors. Kim is also the editors’ representative for the Atlantic Regional Council of the Directors Guild of Canada.
Jan Miller — Women in Film and Television Board of Directors Founding Chair
Jan Miller draws from more than 25 years of working in the international market place as a consultant, connector, and trainer. She is director of Trans Atlantic Partners, a one-of-a-kind international training program that focuses on transatlantic feature film and drama series co-production with Europe, Canada, and the U.S.A. Jan also presents one of the top pitching and concept development workshops globally, working with key industry players to connect projects and talent.
Jan designed the ‘Industry’ component of Women in View’s 5 Women in Focus program for Women in View, WIFT-AT and Women in Animation.
As founding chair, Jan launched Women in Film and Television - Atlantic and its annual conference Women Making Waves. She is on the national board of Women in View, which supports women in all roles in the screen industry. She recently completed 2 years serving on the board of the AFC.