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We're thrilled to announce the CBC Pitch Contest is back for the 13th annual Making Waves Conference.


A highlight of the conference, where five short filmmakers will compete for a prize package including $5,000 from CBC, services from 902 Post, and more! 

The competition is open to WIFT-AT members (join or renew here) who are women or gender 


Five selected applicants will receive pitch coaching from international pitching and story consultant Jan Miller (workshop date: February 17 on Zoom) and performance coaching from actor Mahia Tench (workshop date: March TBC).

The finalists will each present a five-minute pitch before a jury of industry professionals and a live audience during Making Waves on Friday, March 24 at the Prince George Hotel in downtown Halifax.

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

Prize run-down

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

How it works

Submissions close Friday, February 10 at 5pm AST.

To enter:

All entries are to be sent to the WIFT-AT Conference Coordinator:

Tara Thorne at

Pitch Competition
Prize Package Recipients
Tracey Lavigne for 

Jenna Murphy for Molly Needs to Pee 


Amy Trefry for All the Owls


Tamar Dina for Hits Like a Woman 


2018 Wave Award recipients
Janet Hawkwood, Rachel Bower, and Terry Greenlaw



2020 Wave Award recipient

Tracey Lavigne

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