2013 Annual Reports for WIFT-T and Foundation for WIFT-T

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The Annual Reports for both WIFT-T and the Foundation for WIFT-T are now available. Please take a moment to catch up on last year’s accomplishments, read some inspiring profiles of WIFT-T Members, and find out what is in store for 2014 and beyond.

WIFT-T Report Highlights

  • 43% increase in membership in 2013
  • Over 330 hours of professional development programming provided more than 500 participants with access to industry professionals, best practice models, mentoring and peer learning opportunities, and hard- and soft-skill development.
  • Over 150 professionals shared their knowledge and expertise through our programs
  • Profiles of Board Member Jade Raymond, Member Amy Jo Johnson and Mentorship Recepient Sherien Barsoum

Foundation for WIFT-T Report Highlights

  • 10 bursaries were awarded providing free access to WIFT-T’s programs.
  • 16% increase in revenue over previous year
  • Profile of Donor and Mentorship Recipient Dawn Wilkinson

Thank you to our donors and sponsors. We greatly appreciate your generosity and the important role you play in developing future industry leaders. To donate, visit us at wift.com/foundation or do so via CanadaHelps.org


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WIFT-T releases Frame Work II: Canada’s Screen-Based Workforce

Released on: Friday January 27, 2012

Toronto, ON – This morning, Women in Film and Television – Toronto (WIFT-T) released Frame Work II: Canada’s Screen-Based Workforce, a snapshot of the current employment of equity groups in the context of today’s business and technological developments. The study’s results show that while there has been some progress in the representation of most designated groups in screen-based industries, such progress does not always keep pace with Canada’s overall workforce.

Prepared by Nordicity Group, the study looks at workforce trends in film and television production, film and television distribution, broadcasting, and interactive digital media, with a particular focus on women, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities, and members of visible minority groups.

“We need to monitor gender balance and diversity in the screen-based industries, because broader participation from all equity groups can only encourage and result in more innovation,” says Heather Webb, WIFT-T Executive Director. “Having an inclusive hiring strategy can lead to more diverse content, which is a great competitive advantage from a business point of view.”

The report brings to light challenges and opportunities for employers, emerging professionals, educators, and key decision-makers.

“This research has many concrete benefits to government and agencies such as the OMDC. Having timely and accurate data on the screen-based industries’ workforce enables us to be well-informed and remain nimble in our capacity to assist the industries in their strategic growth,” says Karen Thorne-Stone, President and CEO of the Ontario Media Development Corporation.

“Telefilm Canada’s participation in this study of employment trends in the Canadian audiovisual industry underlines one of our guiding principles—to promote diversity in all its forms in our programs and policies,” says Sheila de la Varende, Telefilm’s Director of Industry Promotion.

Select key findings:

  • The “old boys’ club” still commands authority, particularly in the film and TV production, film and TV distribution, and broadcasting industries. The “glass ceiling” for women continues to exist but it has moved up a level of seniority.
  • Women have made some progress in the decision-making and creative positions in film and television production and broadcasting, but remain underrepresented in the technical roles across the screen-based industries.
  • Gender-based disparities in average earnings persist across the screen-based industries, which may be the result of a greater proportion of women in lower paid positions.
  • Training is not a panacea for hiring or for progressing further in one’s career in the relationship and project experience-driven screen-based industries. Designated groups must work proactively to improve their career management skills.
  • The market is an effective driver of change when a compelling business case can be made about the connection between a more diverse workforce/more diverse content and an increase in sales and enhanced competitiveness.
  • “Work-life balance” is the workplace issue identified as the most significant in terms of its impact on recruitment and career progression across the screen-based industries.
  • Members of designated groups still face great challenges in overcoming negative perceptions about their abilities in the workplace.

Click here to access the Executive Summary

Frame Work II was commissioned by Women in Film & Television – Toronto and presented in partnership with the Foundation for Women in Film & Television – Toronto, the Ontario Media Development Corporation and Quebecor Fund, with support from Telefilm Canada, the Canadian Media Production Association and the Directors Guild of Canada – Ontario.

The study was led by Nordicity Group Ltd. Data collection was undertaken by Environics Research through the WIFT-T worker-level and company-level online surveys, deployed in June and July of 201I. Targeted interviews with key stakeholders from the screen-based industries, and secondary research were conducted by Nordicity.

Frame Work II is an update of WIFT-T’s 2004 report, Frame Work: Employment in Canadian Screen-based Media — A National Profile, which fueled industry-wide dialogue and contributed to policy and programming developments within the sector.

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Frame Work II: Canada’s Screen-Based Workforce |  More on the Foundation for WIFT-T

For more information, please contact:
Katy Swailes
Communications Officer
Women in Film & Television – Toronto (WIFT-T)
416-322-3430 ext. 226
kswailes@wift.com

Consuelo Solar
Frame Work II Coordinator
Women in Film & Television – Toronto (WIFT-T)
416.322.3430 ext. 229
research@wift.com


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Donors 2011

About  |  Support the Foundation  |  Current Donors

The Foundation for Women in Film & Television – Toronto gratefully acknowledges all those who contributed in 2011. You can Support the Foundation by making an online donation or by using our donation form.

Corporate Foundation Donors

Corus Entertainment Pinewood Toronto StudioseOne  

Mentor 5,000+ 

Make a donation

Patron $2,500-4,999 

Raheel Zaman

Benefactor $1,000-2,499

Liberty Musictrax Corp.
Ubisoft Toronto

Supporter $600-999

Phyllis Platt

Fan $300-599

Barbara Barde
The CG&B Group Inc.
Maureen Judge
Wendy MacKeigan
Gaye McDonald
Toni Myers
Linda Stregger
Virginia Thompson
Joanna Webb

Partner $100-299

Mark Boone & Heather Webb
Olga Kuplowska
James VanWiechen

Friend $1-99

Eco Flora
Pamela Lau

For more information and additional donation options,  please contact:
Kim Haladay
Development Manager
Women in Film & Television – Toronto
khaladay@wift.com
416.322.3430 ext. 228


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2014 Janet Crystal Yorga Memorial Bursary

Janet Crystal Yorga was a creative writer and entrepreneur with a passion for storytelling. Born in Rockglen, Saskatchewan, she moved to Ottawa where she worked on a variety of creative projects, including a documentary series. She had completed a number of feature film scripts when she died of breast cancer on March 30, 2010, at the age of 43.

This bursary was created by Janet’s husband to honour her gift for writing, her determination in pursuing her passion under adverse circumstances, and her commitment to bringing more Prairie-inspired and Western Canada voices to the national stage.

Submission Deadline

*** EXTENDED BURSARY SUBMISSION: Friday April 25, 2014 by 5pm EDT***

About the Bursary

The Janet Crystal Yorga Memorial Bursary supports one producer/writer team, with a feature-length project in development, for the WIFT-T Development Incubator. To be eligible for the bursary, at least one person in the applicant team (writer or producer) must be a woman, and both team members must be residents of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta or British Columbia.

The WIFT-T Development Incubator is a national competitive program designed to kick start market-driven feature films and support the next generation of Canadian feature film professionals. Up to six producer/writer teams receive the opportunity to work with Canadian and international producers, development executives and story editors. The full-day program takes place June 18-21, 2014, in downtown Toronto.

The bursary covers the full program fee and a $500 travel bursary for one team. The bursary does not include accommodation in Toronto, or transportation to and from airports or the program venue. The program requires a minimum three night stay.

Bursary Eligibility & Guidelines

  • Producer & Writer applicants must both:
    • Be a: Canadian Citizen, Landed Immigrant, and at least one applicant must be Permanent Resident of Western Canada (Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta or British Columbia.
    • Have at least one feature film or long-form project in development
    • Have at least two producing credits for feature films, television movies, short films, television series, television one-offs or documentaries
    • Minimum five years’ professional experience in the industry is encouraged
    • Be able to participate in all workshops and commit to working with a story editor during stated time frames
  • Producer applicants:
    • Must be Independent Producer
    • Must submit the application
    • Projects cannot be written by the producer applying
    • Provide Chain of Title documentation that expires no earlier than December 31, 2014
  • Writer applicants:
    • Must have signed agreement with Producer to participate in program

Successful candidates must be prepared to submit a Non-Disclosure Agreement, produce a final report, and provide a testimonial on completion of the program.

Application Fee

$20 + HST + Eventbrite Fee

Register with Application Fee:

Eventbrite - WFW Mentorship

A one-time, non-refundable application fee is required to process all applications. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Bursary Application Process

Bursary applicants submitting for the Janet Crystal Yorga Bursary are asked to include the following information in the form of a complete package and email a single PDF document attachment of the application package to programming@wift.com (reference “Development Incubator – Janet Yorga Bursary Application 2014” in the subject line). Bursary applications close  Friday April 25, 2014 by 5pm EDT

  • Application Form on Eventbrite
  • Application Payment (provide copy of receipt)
  • Letter of Intent: Indicate your expectations in the program and outline the importance of receiving this bursary. (2 pages max)
  • Resume / CV (no more than 2 pages each of both Producer and Writer)
  • Personal Bio (no more than 300 words each of both Producer and Writer)
  • Logline
  • Synopsis (1 page)
  • Development history, including strategy for long-term development of project
  • Script (min 75 pages)
  • Development Budget (topsheet)
  • Chain of Title documentation

All bursary applications will be reviewed by an industry committee. One bursary team will be selected. All applicants will be notified in mid-May 2014. Applications not accepted for the bursary may be considered in the regular pool.

Questions?

For more information contact:
Heidi Tao Yang, Program Manager
htyang@wift.com

Letter from the 2011 Recipients

[The WIFT Development Incubator] was an incredibly beneficial experience for Teri and I, and we feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to participate. The workshop was first class in terms of its presenters, content, and overall organization. I truly feel that our experience was exactly what we needed at this stage in our careers to elevate us to the next level. It really couldn’t have come at better time for us!

We are deeply honored and grateful to have been the first awarded prairie team for the Janet Crystal Yorga Memorial Bursary. Without the financial support of the bursary, none of this would have been possible, and I can honestly say that this has been one of the highlights of my producing career. The lectures, training, networking and feedback we received on our project were first rate, incredibly informative, and essential to building the knowledge and confidence we need to move this project ahead into production.

This bursary gives the opportunity of a lifetime for young producer/writing teams to kick-start their careers, and can mean all the difference for future success in this industry. Thank you so much for this opportunity of a lifetime!

Stephen Huszar and Teri Armitage, Hulo Films

Presenting Partners

 Community Partner

Technicolor


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Donors 2010

About  |  Support the Foundation  |  Current Donors

The Foundation for Women in Film & Television – Toronto gratefully acknowledges all those who contributed in 2010. You can Support the Foundation by making an online donation or by using our donation form.

Corporate Foundation Donors $5,000+

Corus EntertainmentPinewood Toronto StudioseOne  

Maple PicturesScotiabank

Patron $1,000+

Raheel Zaman
RTR Media
The Gail Asper Family Foundation

Benefactor $500+

Frank Falcone, Mary Bredin & GURU Animation Studios
Joan Pennefather
The CG&B Group Inc.

Supporter $250+

Barbara Barde
Maureen Judge
Wendy MacKeigan
Linda Stregger

Fan $100+

Olga Kuplowska
Adriana Monti
Phyllis Platt

Partner $50+

Angie Burns
Sarah Jensen
Christa Singer
TELUS

Friend $25+

Maryam Rahimi
Maryam Siddiqi

For more information and additional donation options,  please contact:
Kim Haladay
Development Manager
Women in Film & Television – Toronto
khaladay@wift.com
416.322.3430 ext. 228

 


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Corus Convergent Media Stream Bursaries

   

2010 Convergent Media Program | Bursary Donor/Recipient Profile

Bursary Application Deadline | Tuesday August 2, 2011, 5PM EDT

The Corus Convergent Media Stream (CCMS) is for teams of two producers who are currently developing an interactive digital media project. The program takes place as part of the International Women in Digital Media Summit (iWDMS), October 23-25, 2011 in Stratford, Ontario.

Over three intensive days, participants will examine the latest strategies for producing interactive projects—from financing, to rights management, to managing project teams and more. A maximum of 10 teams (including general applicants) will be accepted into this competitive program.

Registration for CCMS includes all Summit activities; however, participants are required to attend all CCMS programming in full.

Corus Convergent Media Stream Sessions:

Bursary Eligibility 

Three bursaries are available for teams that qualify through the Foundation for Women in Film & Television – Toronto, supported by Corus Entertainment.

Bursaries cover the cost of registration and two nights’ shared accommodation in Stratford. Bursaries do not include travel expenses.    

To be eligible, applicant teams must include:

  • at least one female team member OR
  • at least one member who is a visible minority*, Aboriginal or a person with a disability (male or female)
    *visible minority is defined as: Black/African/Caribbean, South Asian, North/Central Asian, West Asian, Pacific Islander, Middle Eastern, and/or Latin American 

In addition, team members must:

  • have worked together on at least one joint project within the past five years
  • meet all general eligibility requirements

Application Process

Bursary applications are now closed. To apply as a general applicant, click here. Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee of WIFT-T and Corus staff and other industry representatives. Bursary winners will be announced in the weeks to come.

For more information, please contact Renée Robinson at 416.322.3430 ext. 222 or rrobinson@wift.com.

Presenting Partner

Corus Entertainment


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Corus Convergent Media Stream Bursaries

   

2010 Convergent Media Program | Bursary Donor/Recipient Profile

Bursary Application Deadline | Tuesday August 2, 2011, 5PM EDT

The Corus Convergent Media Stream (CCMS) is for teams of two producers who are currently developing an interactive digital media project. The program takes place as part of the International Women in Digital Media Summit (iWDMS), October 23-25, 2011 in Stratford, Ontario.

Over three intensive days, participants will examine the latest strategies for producing interactive projects—from financing, to rights management, to managing project teams and more. A maximum of 10 teams (including general applicants) will be accepted into this competitive program.

Registration for CCMS includes all Summit activities; however, participants are required to attend all CCMS programming in full.

Corus Convergent Media Stream Sessions:

Bursary Eligibility 

Three bursaries are available for teams that qualify through the Foundation for Women in Film & Television – Toronto, supported by Corus Entertainment.

Bursaries cover the cost of registration and two nights’ shared accommodation in Stratford. Bursaries do not include travel expenses.    

To be eligible, applicant teams must include:

  • at least one female team member OR
  • at least one member who is a visible minority*, Aboriginal or a person with a disability (male or female)
    *visible minority is defined as: Black/African/Caribbean, South Asian, North/Central Asian, West Asian, Pacific Islander, Middle Eastern, and/or Latin American 

In addition, team members must:

  • have worked together on at least one joint project within the past five years
  • meet all general eligibility requirements

Application Process

Bursary applications are now closed. To apply as a general applicant, click here. Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee of WIFT-T and Corus staff and other industry representatives. Bursary winners will be announced in the weeks to come.

For more information, please contact Renée Robinson at 416.322.3430 ext. 222 or rrobinson@wift.com.

Presenting Partner

Corus Entertainment


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Nordicity, Environics to Conduct WIFT-T Industry Study Update

Research to identify employment trends, skills gaps and impact of emerging technologies on Canadian screen-based industry

Toronto, ON – Women in Film & Television – Toronto (WIFT-T) is pleased to announce that Nordicity and Environics have been commissioned as research partners for WIFT-T’s study of employment trends in Canada’s screen-based media industry.

The study will collect quantitative and qualitative information from all areas of the industry, including film, television and digital media, and will focus on the participation of women and people from culturally-diverse backgrounds. The report will be shared with industry stakeholders and educational institutions nationally.

“The purpose of the study is to make data available to industry decision makers, providing them with a snapshot of the current workforce while identifying future needs, concerns and skills gaps,” says Susan Ross, WIFT-T Industry Study Chair. “Our hope is that this research will drive policy and promote educational programs on a national level.”

Nordicity is a leading international consulting firm that provides economic, strategic and policy analysis, and development services to both public and private clients in the cultural, media, entertainment and ICT industries. The firm has an established record of research and analysis in the film, television and broadcast sectors and, increasingly, in the interactive media sector.

“Nordicity is proud to be associated with the WIFT-T study and hopes to determine what kind of progress has been made in the employment of designated groups,” says Peter Lyman, Nordicity Senior Partner. “As much of our information will be obtained through surveys, we’re hopeful that professionals in the screen-based industry will recognize the significance of this study and feel equally motivated to participate.”

Environics is a full-service firm experienced in conducting surveys, focus groups and interviews, offering clients a broad array of research, consulting and communication services—from traditional public opinion polling and market research to advanced studies of human values and social change.

The research initiative is designed to update WIFT-T’s 2004 groundbreaking study, Frame Work: Employment in Canadian Screen-based Media—A National Profile, which fueled industry-wide dialogue and contributed to policy and programming developments within the sector.

The study is commissioned by Women in Film & Television – Toronto with support from the Foundation for Women in Film & Television – Toronto, the Ontario Media Development Corporation, Quebecor Fund, Telefilm Canada, the Canadian Media Production Association and the Directors Guild of Canada – Ontario.

Results will be presented at the WIFT-T International Women in Digital Media Summit, October 23 – 25, 2011 in Stratford, Ontario. A panel discussion of the findings will feature industry experts weighing in on recommendations for policy and program development.


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Frame Work II: Canada’s Screen-Based Workforce

WIFT-T is pleased to present Frame Work II: Canada’s Screen-Based Workforce, a study of the employment of equity groups across screen-based industries in Canada. Download a PDF of the full report and/or executive summary via the links below.

Frame Work II examines the participation of women, visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples, and persons with disabilities across the film and television production, film and television distribution, broadcasting, and interactive digital media industries in Canada.

Prepared by Nordicity Group with data collection undertaken by Environics Research, the study provides a snapshot of the current employment of equity groups in the context of today’s business and technological developments.

Executive Summary

Full Report

Release Event

On January 27, 2012, WIFT-T released the findings of Frame Work II to a group of industry professionals, business leaders and initiative partners at St. Andrew’s Club in Toronto. The event featured a presentation of key findings, followed by three lightning talks with guest experts discussing key areas and strategies for tangible change.

Summary of Key Findings

  • The “old boys’ club” still commands authority, particularly in the film and TV production, film and TV distribution, and broadcasting industries. The “glass ceiling” for women continues to exist, but it has moved up a level of seniority.
  •  Women have made some progress in the decision-making and creative positions in film and television production and broadcasting, but remain underrepresented in the technical roles across the screen-based industries.
  • Gender-based disparities in average earnings persist across the screen-based industries, which may be the result of a greater proportion of women in lower paid positions.
  • Training is not a panacea for hiring or for progressing further in one’s career in the relationship and project experience-driven screen-based industries. Designated groups must work proactively to improve their career management skills.
  • The market is an effective driver of change when a compelling business case can be made about the connection between a more diverse workforce/more diverse content and an increase in sales and enhanced competitiveness.
  • “Work-life balance” is the workplace issue identified as the most significant in terms of its impact on recruitment and career progression across the screen-based industries.
  • Members of designated groups still face great challenges in overcoming negative perceptions about their abilities in the workplace.

Pressure Points for Change

Demonstrating the market’s buying power to influence change
Many companies are beginning to recognize the tangible business rewards of encouraging a more diverse culture. Demonstrating how women and other designated groups are vital team members in the production and distribution of content, as well as important buyers and consumers, is a compelling business case for decision-makers, business owners and industry leaders.

Public momentum may influence change
One interviewee described the struggles of “outsider groups” today as very similar to what she experienced as a woman in the industry years ago. To her, the vital difference was that her struggle occurred in the midst of the women’s liberation movement—among myriad regulations, laws, growing public support and political pressure to help women cut a path into the workplace

Change requires leadership, not just more training
One road to measurable change requires industry and business leaders to shift from simply being “open” to a more diverse workforce, to demonstrating an active determination to change the status quo. Evidence of this shift could come in the form of hiring, nurturing and promoting strong candidates from designated groups and a commitment to increasing on-screen diversity.

For more information, contact Heather Webb at 416.322.3430 ext. 223 or hwebb@wift.com.

Presenting Partners

Supporting Partners

Background | Frame Work 2004

In 2004, WIFT-T’s groundbreaking study on employment trends in Canadian screen-based media fueled industry-wide dialogue and contributed to policy and programming developments in the screen-based sector. Read more.


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Foundation Seats for Broadcast Students

About | Campaigns | Donors

Being a woman in film and television can be both scary and exciting. Scary to know that this industry is very male driven, and exciting because of the passion and love involved. However, when I had the opportunity to attend the WIFT Crystal Awards on December 6, I was uplifted by the courageous, strong willed, hardworking women and all of my fears subsided. Something within me stood up and told myself “You can do this. No matter what!” This burst of encouragement and strength has been given to me by you, Gail Asper, and your generous support of my WIFT Crystal Awards ticket. Thank you.

I have had my doubts about entering the film and television industry. Things can sometimes be discouraging and the bumps in the road can get you down. But because of your generosity, I have been inspired and recharged to take on whatever may come my way. I can confidently say that I am on the right path. These words cannot thank you enough, but please know that your contribution has not gone unnoticed.
Cassandra DePetrillo  

In 2010, The Gail Asper Family Foundation donated four Foundation Seats at the Crystal Awards Gala Luncheon for post-secondary students (male or female, members or non-members) with a broadcast studies major. The first four students who responded and met the requirements received the tickets. Those students were:

Hope Nicholson, York University
Erica Umansky, University of Western Ontario
Cassandra DePetrillo, Humber College
Daisy Ranger, Humber College

As Foundation guests, students enjoyed premier seating, express check-in, complimentary coat check, a gourmet lunch and the opportunity to network with some of Canada’s leading industry professionals.

The gala proved to be a uniquely inspirational affair, and WIFT-T would like to thank The Gail Asper Family Foundation for providing this incredible opportunity.


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Foundation Seats for Broadcast Students

About | Campaigns | Donors

Being a woman in film and television can be both scary and exciting. Scary to know that this industry is very male driven, and exciting because of the passion and love involved. However, when I had the opportunity to attend the WIFT Crystal Awards on December 6, I was uplifted by the courageous, strong willed, hardworking women and all of my fears subsided. Something within me stood up and told myself “You can do this. No matter what!” This burst of encouragement and strength has been given to me by you, Gail Asper, and your generous support of my WIFT Crystal Awards ticket. Thank you.

I have had my doubts about entering the film and television industry. Things can sometimes be discouraging and the bumps in the road can get you down. But because of your generosity, I have been inspired and recharged to take on whatever may come my way. I can confidently say that I am on the right path. These words cannot thank you enough, but please know that your contribution has not gone unnoticed.
Cassandra DePetrillo  

In 2010, The Gail Asper Family Foundation donated four Foundation Seats at the Crystal Awards Gala Luncheon for post-secondary students (male or female, members or non-members) with a broadcast studies major. The first four students who responded and met the requirements received the tickets. Those students were:

Hope Nicholson, York University
Erica Umansky, University of Western Ontario
Cassandra DePetrillo, Humber College
Daisy Ranger, Humber College

As Foundation guests, students enjoyed premier seating, express check-in, complimentary coat check, a gourmet lunch and the opportunity to network with some of Canada’s leading industry professionals.

The gala proved to be a uniquely inspirational affair, and WIFT-T would like to thank The Gail Asper Family Foundation for providing this incredible opportunity.


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Bursaries

About  |  Support the Foundation  |  Donors

Through bursaries, the Foundation provides professional development opportunities to: members of groups that are underrepresented in screen-based media, women with limited financial means, and women with limited access to training in Canada’s screen-based media industry.

Bursaries are not possible without the financial support of corporate, foundation and individual donors. We are happy to discuss various options for developing a bursary for one of our programs. Bursary contributions start at $1,000.

For more information on developing a bursary, please contact:
Amanda Roberts
Development Manager
416.322.3430 ext. 228
aroberts@wift.com

Testimonials

[The WIFT Development Incubator] was an incredibly beneficial experience for Teri and I, and we feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to participate. The workshop was first class in terms of its presenters, content, and overall organization. I truly feel that our experience was exactly what we needed at this stage in our careers to elevate us to the next level. It really couldn’t have come at better time for us! Read more.
Stephen Huszar, Recipient of the Janet Crystal Yorga Memorial Bursary, 2011  

Thank you for the bursary which allowed me to take the Convergent Media Program. The workshop has not only been inspirational, but invaluable. The knowledge I have gained about APPS, User-Generated Media, and how to create, fund and use web possibilities has made me a more competitive filmmaker. Thank you again for this incredible opportunity.
Gail Maurice, 2010

The Convergent Media Program has allowed me to broaden my horizons and to continue to tell a story, an Indigenous story, on multiple platforms. I walk away with the knowledge of how to reach a wide and diverse audience.
Jules Koostachin, 2010

I am extremely happy to participate in the Convergent Media Program thanks to the bursary offered by WIFT-TORONTO. Although I have been working in the Canadian television industry for the past 25 years, and am quite dexterous at the new HD technology, the constantly evolving digital platforms represent a paradigm shift in the financing and distribution of our work. This opportunity—which has come in a difficult year for my company—has renewed my strategy and inspired me to re-think how I approach financing, marketing and distribution. Bravo for this initiative!
Margarita Ramon, 2010

The CMP is a unique opportunity to network and learn about new technologies and trends in the industry. Legal expert Stohn Hay answered many of my questions about intellectual property. Working in a team, I learned how to present my project to showcase its strengths. I’m very appreciative for the opportunity to participate in this terrific program.
Maria Morgunova, 2010

I absolutely appreciate that I was granted not only the opportunity to attend [the Career Transition Program] and learn so much, but also that I was the recipient of a bursary that enabled me to even take the course. I have definitely grown from this course. I learned so much about the industry, where it is heading, and also about myself and how to better market my abilities. I have gained an inner confidence.
Karen Loftus, 2009


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WIFT-T Diversity Initiative

About | Campaigns | Donors

Supported by Shaw Media, the WIFT-T Diversity Initiative supports the full integration of underrepresented groups at all levels of the industry by:

  • Providing training to career seekers in the screen-based industry
  • Creating clear and accessible paths for entry and advancement in the industry
  • Creating industry standards and opportunities for accreditation, thus leveling the playing field

Through Shaw Media’s support, a number of bursaries, tickets and memberships have been awarded to members of underrepresented groups. They include:

  • One bursary for the WIFT-T Convergent Media Program (October 2010)
  • One bursary for a senior production executive (or a team of two) for the WIFT-T Executive Management Program (February 2011)
  • Ten complimentary tickets to the Crystal Awards at the Fairmont Royal York (December 6, 2010)
  • Ten complimentary Associate or Friend memberships
  • Two complimentary WIFT-T programming passes

Supporting Partner

Shaw Media


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Foundation for Women in Film & Television – Toronto

Foundation for Women in Film & Television - Toronto

Charitable Registration Number:  885240812RR0001

Established in 1989, the Foundation for Women in Film & Television – Toronto provides women with access to WIFT-T’s professional development programs through bursaries, funds research relating to the status of women in the screen-based industry, and supports WIFT-T’s programming initiatives.

2011 Foundation Annual Report

Please take a moment to review our 2011 annual report for details on our initiatives, achievements and donors last year. The Foundation for WIFT-T relies on the generous donations received from individuals and businesses. Consider making a donation today!

Thanks to our Donors

Our mission would not be possible without the generous support of individual, corporate and foundation donors. The Foundation gratefully acknowledges all of our supporters on our Foundation Donors page.

Frame Work II: Canada’s Screen-Based Workforce

A research study examining the employment of equity groups across screen-based industries in Canada, Frame Work II was commissed by WIFT-T and presented in partnership with the Foundation for WIFT-T, Ontario Media Development Corporation and Quebecor Fund. The study was released January 27th, 2012. The full report and executive summary are available here.

Support the Foundation

The Foundation for Women in Film & Television – Toronto relies on the generous donations received from individuals, foundations and corporations. Every tax-deductable gift to the Foundation helps support the programs and services that are essential to our mission. Complete our online donation form or donate today through CanadaHelps.org.

Donate Now Through CanadaHelps.org!

For more information and additional donation options,  please contact:
Amanda Roberts
Development Manager
416.322.3430 ext. 228
aroberts@wift.com

Building a Foundation for Women in Screen-Based Media

Last year, the Foundation awarded eight bursaries to women who are underrepresented in the screen-based sector—Aboriginal and culturally-diverse women, women with disabilities, and women with limited financial means—giving them access to valuable educational programs and industry networks. Read more.

Thanks to an individual donor, the Janet Crystal Yorga Memorial Bursary enabled a team of two to participate in the 2011 WIFT-T Development Incubator. This four-day intensive program provides producer/writer teams with coaching and feedback from industry experts in order to advance their market-driven feature film projects.

We are deeply honored and grateful to have been the first awarded prairie team for the Janet Crystal Yorga Memorial Bursary. Without the financial support of the bursary, none of this would have been possible, and I can honestly say that this has been one of the highlights of my producing career. The lectures, training, networking and feedback we received were first rate, incredibly informative, and essential to building the knowledge and confidence we need to move this project ahead into production. Thank you so much for this opportunity of a lifetime! – Teri Armitage and Stephen Huszar, Hulo Films  

The 2011 Crystal Awards—one of the biggest fundraising events of the year for the Foundation—was another spectacular affair and the first at a new venue, The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto. Thank you to all those who purchased Foundation Tables and Seats. The 2012 Crystal Awards will take place in late November or early December.

Annual Report 2010

For a full overview of the Foundation’s 2010 initiatives and achievements, please refer to our Annual Report. The 2011 Annual Report will be released in April, 2012.


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