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Calling all filmmakers: WIFT-AT presents the 2024 CBC Making Waves Pitch Competition!

Think you’ve got what it takes to turn your script into silver screen magic? Prove it by applying to be one of five filmmakers who will be selected to pitch their idea for a chance to win $10,000 during the 14th annual Making Waves Conference, April 19-20 at the Prince George in Halifax.

The details:

  • The competition is open to all WIFT-AT members that reside in Atlantic Canada (join or renew here). We highly encourage applications from women and gender diverse individuals who are Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour, LGBTQIA2S+, or living with disability dynamics.

  • Five selected applicants will receive pitch coaching from international pitching and story consultant Jan Miller (workshop date: April 9 on Zoom)

  • 1-2-1 Coaching on Monday, April 15 

  • The finalists will each present a five-minute pitch before a jury of industry folks and a live audience during Making Waves on Saturday, April 20 at the Prince George Hotel in downtown Halifax


Submissions open Thursday, February 29 and close Monday, March 25.


Please apply with:

  1. A short film script (12 pages max)

  2. A one-sheet including the following:

  • Title

  • Genre

  • Participant name

  • Participant role

  • Short synopsis (the story told in three to four sentences, 60-70 words max)

  • Long synopsis (the story told in more detail, 300-350 words max)

  • Creative team short bios (each 100 words max)

  • Partners to date

  • Contact information

  • Send as a single PDF attachment to:

​Please note: Finalists will receive a complimentary conference pass to Making Waves, but are responsible for their own travel to attend the pitch competition.

"I went to film school at a time when gender barriers were insurmountable, and left me with lasting negative effects. The Making Waves Pitch Competition was more than a grant for me. It awarded me the opportunity to finally helm my own project and see my creative vision come to life. Because of the Making Waves Pitch Competition I was able to garner the support of the filmmaking community to build a project that really means something to me. Jan Miller's feedback helped me take my story to the next level, and the reputation of the program helped me build a generous team that dedicated their skill and talent to bringing my story to life."

- Jenna Murphy, Winner of 2023 Pitch Competition 

Pitch Competition
Prize Package Recipients
2020 Tracey Lavigne
2019 Jenna Murphy for Molly Needs to Pee  
2018 Amy Trefry for All the Owls
2017 Tamar Dina for Hits Like a Woman 
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