2014 WIFT-T Crystals International Achievement Award: Anne Dorval

Toronto, ON – Women in Film & Television – Toronto (WIFT-T) is pleased to announce Anne Dorval as the recipient of the 2014 WIFT-T Crystal Award for International Achievement, presented to a Canadian woman working in screen-based media for her significant and well-recognized body of work in Canada and abroad.

The award will be presented on December 2, 2014 at a sold-out gala luncheon in Toronto, hosted by Hélène Joy, star of CBC’s hit series, Murdoch Mysteries, now in its 8th season.

“We are thrilled to honour Anne Dorval’s work,” says Heather Webb, Executive Director. “She has been a force in the Quebec and international screen industry for decades, and now the world is taking note of her stunning performances in I Killed My Mother and Mommy.”

With a career spanning 25 years, Anne Dorval is well known in Quebec and Europe for her comedic roles in Quebec television series such as Le Coeur a ses raisons (winning two Gémeaux awards for Best Actress-Comedy in 2005 & 2006);  and since 2008, the role of Nathalie in Les Parent (winning a Gémeaux for Best Actress-Comedy in 2010 and 2 Golden Nymph nominations for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series, Monte-Carlo TV Festival in 2012 & 2013).

She has appeared in four out of five feature films directed by Xavier Dolan—I Killed My Mother (2009), Heartbeats (2010), Laurence Anyways (2012) and Mommy (2014). For her role in I Killed My Mother, she won three Best Actress awards—2010 FIPRESCI Award, Palm Springs International Film Festival; Golden Bayard Award, Namur International Festival for French-Speaking Film (Belgium); and a Jutra Award. Mommy, featuring Anne in a compelling leading role, was selected to compete for the Palme d’Or in the main competition section at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival where it won the Jury Prize and it is Canada’s submission for Best Foreign Language Film at the 87th Academy Awards.

Established in 1988, the WIFT-T Crystal Awards celebrate and promote Canadian excellence in film, television and digital screen-based media. To date, more than 120 industry leaders have been honoured with a WIFT-T Crystal Award.

WIFT-T thanks the 2014 WIFT-T Crystal Awards Gala Luncheon Presenting Partners, Deluxe Toronto, NBCUniversal and Shaw Media, and Supporting Partner, Entertainment One.


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2014 Ubisoft Toronto Producer Mentorship: Shasha Nakhai

WIFT-T is pleased to announce Shasha Nakhai as the recipient of the inaugural WIFT-T Ubisoft Toronto Producer Mentorship, providing one WIFT-T member with the opportunity to gain insight and experience in the games and interactive industry. The one-week mentorship will take place onsite at the Ubisoft Toronto studio September 22nd through 26th.

“WIFT-T is very excited to offer this important new mentorship program in partnership with Ubisoft Toronto,” says Heather Webb, WIFT-T Executive Director. “Shasha is an ideal candidate and will gain valuable insights and contacts in the gaming and interactive industry that will help move her career forward.”

The Ubisoft Toronto Producer Mentorship was established to help develop emerging talent and encourage diversity in the gaming sector.

“At Ubisoft Toronto, we believe passionately that building diverse teams helps us create more interesting games for our fans, and we are excited to provide Shasha with a deep dive into our approach to production at the studio,” says Jade Raymond, Managing Director, Ubisoft Toronto. “We look forward to building the mentorship program with WIFT-T as an important way to inspire and increase awareness about opportunities for women in the games industry.”

Shasha Nakhai is a producer based out of Toronto. Her award-winning short films include The Sugar Bowl (2011), Joe (2012) and Unsinkable (2012), which have screened at festivals worldwide including Hot Docs, DC Shorts, LA Shorts, Atlanta, and Aljazeera film festivals. They have also aired worldwide and been released on iTunes. She is currently producing a documentary project for Bravo, directed by Rich Williamson, and working as an associate producer on Driving with Selvi, directed by Elisa Paloschi.

Since graduating from Ryerson University’s Broadcast Journalism program, she has worked with Summerhill Entertainment, CBC Radio, CKLN-FM and Africa Independent Television. She has also worked part-time for the past five years as brand representative with Sony PlayStation. In association with Storyline Entertainment producers Ed Barreveld and Lisa Valencia-Svensson, she has also worked as a production and post-production coordinator and social media manager on high-profile theatrical documentaries such as The World Before Her and Herman’s House.


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Announcing New Game Industry Mentorship in Partnership with Ubisoft Toronto

Toronto, ON – Women in Film & Television – Toronto (WIFT-T) is pleased to announce a mentorship program in partnership with Ubisoft Toronto. The Ubisoft Toronto Producer Mentorship is a unique opportunity for one Canadian producer to gain experience in the games and interactive industry.

“Given the incredible growth of the gaming industry and the increasing consumption of games by women, this mentorship is a step towards providing opportunities for women looking to pursue a career in gaming,” says Heather Webb, Executive Director of WIFT-T. “We applaud Ubisoft Toronto for partnering with WIFT-T to develop emerging talent and for continuing to encourage diversity in the video game sector.”

The one-week mentorship onsite at the Ubisoft Toronto studio will provide the mentee with access to game producers at all levels, along with an understanding of the entire cycle of game production as it relates to Ubisoft.

“I am pleased with the progress the games industry is making to encourage more women to develop games, but we still have work to do,” says Jade Raymond, Managing Director of Ubisoft Toronto. “Mentoring is a powerful tool to help motivate and inspire young talent and I am excited that the Ubisoft Toronto Producer Mentorship will help us raise awareness about game development careers among more women.”

The ideal candidate for the mentorship loves games. She is, at a minimum, a casual gamer, and familiar with AAA, online, and social games. She is a strong communicator, outgoing, organized, detail-orientated, results-focused and has the desire to succeed in the gaming industry. The successful candidate will have 2-5 years of media production experience (WIFT-T Cohort Entry & Emerging.) The mentorship will take place September 22 -26, 2014 at the Toronto Ubisoft studio.

Application materials are now available online and must be submitted by Friday July 11, 2014 to be considered.

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2014 William F. White Production Manager Mentorship: Jillian Tredenick

WFW2014 - Headshot - Jillian TredenickWomen in Film & Television – Toronto (WIFT-T) is pleased to announce Jillian Tredenick as winner of the 2014 William F. White Production Manager Mentorship. The competitive program provides an emerging Canadian female production manager with hands-on training and mentorship at William F. White Centre, the company’s world-class production complex in Toronto.

“WIFT-T is pleased to offer this mentorship in partnership with William F. White for the fourth consecutive year,” says Heather Webb, WIFT-T Executive Director. “This opportunity comes at a crucial stage in Jillian’s career development and will provide her with valuable insights, experience and connections. Congratulations, Jillian!”

Jillian will join William F. White Int’l Inc. for ten days as an intern to learn about production equipment for digital projects, television and film equipment planning, resource management, and budget planning. The mentorship also provides informal coaching from two established female production managers, Kellyann Murphy (“Giving You the Business”, “Party Mamas”, “My House, Your Money”), and Melinda Ramsay, Unit Production Manager at Cineflix. Additional benefits of the mentorship include a $500 WIFT-T programming pass, and discounted rentals at William F. White.

“We’re delighted to be continuing our partnership with WIFT-T on this vital initiative,” said Paul Bronfman, Chairman/CEO Comweb Corp./William F. White Int’l Inc. “Whites is proud to be doing our part to help facilitate opportunities for women to develop lasting careers in film and television.”

Jillian is an emerging production manager whose experience includes production managing several short films and working as a production assistant on Close Encounters, a Discovery Canada series. She recently co-wrote and produced Taco, an award winning short film that was created, produced and filmed entirely by a female crew. She is slated to work on two upcoming feature films in addition to producing a play.

 


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2014 Banff World Media Festival Scholarship: Siobhan McCarthy

Siobhan McCarthyToronto, ON – Women in Film & Television – Toronto (WIFT-T) is pleased to announce Siobhan McCarthy as the recipient of the 2014 WIFT-T Banff World Media Festival Scholarship, providing one WIFT-T member with mid- to senior-management experience, with a full delegate pass to attend the Banff Media Festival, June 8 – 11, 2014.

“WIFT-T is very pleased to partner with BANFF for this scholarship for a second year,” says Heather Webb, WIFT-T Executive Director. “The Banff World Media Festival will provide Siobhan with exceptional business development and career advancement opportunities.”

The scholarship helps fulfill part of WIFT-T’s mandate, which includes providing opportunities for members to connect, learn and advance their careers in screen-based media.

Award winning film and web series producer, S. Siobhan McCarthy, is the CEO and Executive Producer of blyssful PRODUCTIONS and red trike media inc. She is the co-creator, Executive Producer and showrunner of the web series PARKED, which is currently on the festival circuit. PARKED received funding from the BC Film + Media Interactive Fund, the IPF and Creative BC, and was a part of the CFC Media Lab’s ideaBOOST Affiliate Program. DOWN HERE, her first feature film, premiered at the 2013 Whistler Film Festival. As an innovative, transdisciplinary artist and educator, Siobhan has also produced WAM, BC’s first international disability media festival through Kickstart Disability Arts when she was the Co-Artistic Director. While there she Executive Produced five short films including WILL, that won the Golden Sheaf at the 2013 Yorkton Film Festival and PATIENCE AND ABSURDITY, which represented Canada at the Paralympics Games in London in 2012. Siobhan has been the Production Manager of the Vancouver International Film Festival Forum for over a decade. She has a slate of film, television, and web properties in development.


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2013 CBC Business of Broadcasting Mentorship: Paige Lawson

Toronto, ON – Women in Film & Television – Toronto (WIFT-T) is pleased to announce Paige Lawson as this year’s recipient of the CBC Business of Broadcasting Mentorship. Now in its seventh year, this national competitive program provides an emerging Canadian female producer with a one-week experience at CBC Television in downtown Toronto.

“This mentorship will allow Paige to engage one-on-one with senior television professionals, gain insight into the inner workings of our national broadcaster and attend WIFT-T professional development programming,” says Heather Webb, WIFT-T Executive Director. “WIFT-T is thrilled to continue our collaboration with the CBC in providing career advancement opportunities for emerging professionals through the CBC Business of Broadcasting Mentorship.”

Lawson will be on-site at the Canadian Broadcasting Centre in early 2014 to learn about the production and broadcast components of scripted content for multiple platforms. Throughout the week, she will receive the invaluable opportunity to develop mentorship relationships with CBC scripted content staff.

“Paige Lawson’s passion for broadcasting and interest in business affairs is undeniable,” says Michelle Daly, Senior Director of Comedy at CBC. “Her clear understanding of the business and how she wants to focus her talents set her apart from a strong group of applicants. We at CBC would like to congratulate Paige and welcome her to the CBC Business of Broadcasting Mentorship; we are convinced Paige will get what she needs from the program.”

Paige Lawson is Executive Assistant at RTR Media, an editor for CTV News Toronto and a motivational speaker. In 2010, Paige was named one of Canada’s Top 20 Under 20™ by Youth in Motion for DREAM (Direct Resources and Education Alternatives and Mental Health) a series of workshops on mental health issues she developed for high school students.

As a television and film enthusiast, Lawson annually assists in organizing the Ontario Association of Broadcaster’s conference and interned with the 65th Festival de Cannes. Most recently Paige has been assisting Kit Redmond, Carolynne Bell and Al Magee with their new production company StoryPark Inc., which has a slate of scripted projects in development including their first with a major broadcaster.

Lawson will be presented with her award during the 2013 Crystal Awards Gala Luncheon at Arcadian Court on December 3rd. She will also receive access to select WIFT-T classes for continued professional development throughout 2014.


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2013 Deluxe Producer Internship: Karen Shaw

Karen-Shaw-websizedToronto, ON – Women in Film & Television – Toronto is pleased to announce Karen Shaw as the recipient of the 2013 Deluxe Producer Internship. Shaw will be presented with her award during the 2013 Crystal Awards Gala Luncheon.

Now in its sixth year, this national competitive internship program provides one emerging female producer with hands-on training at Deluxe Toronto. “WIFT-T sincerely thanks Deluxe for their ongoing commitment to provide an emerging female producer with the opportunity to enhance their knowledge, gain experience and develop key industry relationships.” says Heather Webb, WIFT-T Executive Director “Congratulations, Karen!”

Shaw will join Deluxe for a three-week internship commencing in November. She will shadow some of the company’s top Toronto-based executives, and technical and creative experts, learning about production equipment planning through to picture and sound postproduction and final delivery.

“Deluxe is pleased to continue our support of this opportunity with WIFT-T. Every year the candidates are impressive, and we appreciate the tough choice in selecting our intern,” says Diane Cuthbert, VP Sales at Deluxe Toronto. “We welcome Karen to our facility and look forward to working with her. Her three weeks with us will be busy and intense, and we know that her time in Postproduction will be a very productive investment in her career.”

Shaw most recently produced the feature film, Khoya, shot in India and Canada, which was selected for the prestigious Tribeca Film Institute’s 2013 All Access program. She has also co-produced the feature film, Jack & Jill vs. the World, starring Taryn Manning and Freddie Prinze Jr. and the documentary Nigeria’s Climate in Crisis, funded by the Canadian International Development Agency, which screened in Mexico City, Ghana and South Africa.

Currently Shaw is in development on the multi-platform children’s live-action series entitled Urban Tales and the feature film The Mating Habits of Widows, by Nicholl Fellowship winner, Gerald Olson. She has also optioned the award-winning novel “Y” by Marjorie Celona and secured Telefilm development funding for the Israeli/Canadian coproduction The Good Fence, written by award-winning author and filmmaker David Bezmozgis.

 


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2013 Kodak New Vision Mentorship: Sherien Barsoum

Toronto, ON – Women in Film & Television – Toronto (WIFT-T) is pleased to announce writer/director/producer Sherien Barsoum (pictured) as the recipient of the 2013 Kodak New Vision Mentorship. An invaluable opportunity, this mentorship provides the winner with an opportunity to attend the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) as an industry delegate and receive pre-festival business coaching from an established industry professional.

“In its ninth year, the WIFT-T Kodak New Vision Mentorship makes a valuable contribution to the development of Canadian female directors,” says Heather Webb, WIFT-T Executive Director. “WIFT-T is pleased to work alongside Kodak Canada and TIFF to make a positive difference in the careers of talented emerging filmmakers like Sherien.”

Barsoum will receive one-on-one mentoring from Tamara Shannon, Vice- President of Marketing & Promotions at eOne Films Canada and a member of the WIFT-T Board. With a second feature documentary in development, Searching for Arafat’s Right Hand, Barsoum will be working with Shannon to hone her business development strategies and prepare for meetings with key industry contacts while at TIFF.

“Our continued partnership with WIFT-T, and the ongoing success of the Kodak New Vision Mentorship, allows us to offer support to talented Canadian directors,” says Rhonda Lockwood, Kodak Canada Entertainment Imaging Account Manager. “Having the expertise of an industry professional such as Tamara Shannon to foster the vision of an emerging female filmmaker emphasizes the importance of the Kodak New Vision Mentorship.”

Barsoum received national and international recognition for her provocative 2011 first feature documentary, Colour Me, which has been included in the official selection of seven film festivals in the past two years including: Atlantic Film Festival (2011); Reelworld Film Festival (2012); Cleveland International Film Festival (2012); and San Francisco Black Film Festival (2011). In addition, Colour Me was awarded the Bronze Palm at the 2012 Mexico International Film Festival and was a recipient of the 2011 HotDocs Shaw Media Completion Fund. As Creative Director at TAZA Media, Barsoum brings over ten years of professional experience as a filmmaker, journalist and marketing/communications professional to her projects.


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2013 Banff World Media Festival Scholarship: Paula Devonshire

 

Women in Film & Television – Toronto (WIFT-T) is pleased to announce Paula Devonshire as the recipient of the 2013 WIFT-T Banff Scholarship, providing one WIFT-T member with mid- to senior-management experience, with a full delegate pass to attend the Banff World Media Festival, June 9-12, 2013.
The 2013 WIFT-T Banff Scholarship represents WIFT-T’s commitment to building capacity and diversity within the industry and its conviction that screen-based media in Canada are stronger when they have a committed, connected, and well-trained workforce.

“WIFT-T is very pleased to partner with Achilles Media for this inaugural scholarship offering” says Heather Webb, WIFT-T Executive Director. “The Banff World Media Festival will provide Paula with exceptional business development and career advancement opportunities and I know she will take full advantage of all that the Festival has to offer.”

Devonshire currently has several projects in development, including the post-apocalyptic TV pilot The Last Nation, which was one of the five projects chosen for the current NSI Totally Television Program. She will be pitching The Last Nation to domestic and international development executives at the Banff Media Festival.

A Toronto native, and University of Toronto graduate, Devonshire began her film career in post-production working on such series’ as Due South and La Femme Nikita. She attended the Canadian Film Centre’s Producer’s Lab and produced the dramatic features Treed Murray (William Phillips) and Nothing from noted sci-fi director Vincenzo Natali. Devonshire was the in-house production supervisor at Copper Heart Entertainment from 2002-2004 where she produced her debut feature films Unleashed and The Beginning, and worked on the Oscar winning animated film Ryan. In 2007, Devonshire produced the feature film Real Time starring Randy Quaid and Jay Baruchel. Real Time opened the 2008 Slamdance Film Festival and had its Canadian Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival 2008. From 2010-2011 Devonshire worked at E1 Entertainment as a production executive in television, producing John Grisham’s The FirmPure Pwnage and Men With Brooms. She was recently selected as one of eight producers from Canada for Transatlantic Partners 2013, and for the TIFF STUDIO producer program.


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2013 WFW Production Manager Mentorship Winner: Lori Fischburg

 

Women in Film & Television – Toronto (WIFT-T) is pleased to announce Lori Fischburg as winner of the 2013 William F. White Production Manager Mentorship. The competitive program provides an emerging Canadian female production manager with hands-on training and mentorship at William F. White’s world-class production complex in Toronto.

“WIFT-T is pleased to offer this mentorship in partnership with William F. White for the third consecutive year.” says Heather Webb, WIFT-T Executive Director. “With access to some of the best practitioners and equipment in the business, this opportunity will provide Lori with the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed. Congratulations Lori!”

Fischburg will join William F. White Int’l Inc. for ten days as an intern to learn about production equipment for digital projects, television and film equipment planning, resource management, and budget planning. The mentorship also provides informal coaching from two established female production managers, Anna Beben (“Transporter“,”Happy Town“, “Orphan Black“) and Kellyann Murphy (“Giving You The Business“,”Party Mamas“, “My House, Your Money“).

“We are extremely proud to be partnering with WIFT-T on this vital initiative,” says Paul Bronfman, Chairman/CEO Comweb Corp. / William F. White Int’l Inc. “William F. White is proud to be doing our part to help propel the advancement of women in the film and television industry.”

Fischburg, a Ryerson Film Production alumnus, was the producer on the short film “How (not) to Become a Vampire“, an audience favourite that won awards at Hamden and Zero Toronto film festivals. In late 2011, Fischburg left her corporate position in Sales and Distribution at Vivendi Entertainment in order to production manage a number of short and feature length films including Bill Taylor’s “Don’t Get Killed in Alaska” (2013). She recently co-produced “The Pin“, Canada’s first Yiddish movie directed by Naomi Jaye, and is post production supervisor on Bruce McDonald’s latest feature “Baby, How’d We Ever Get this Way?” Lori is also one of the recipients of the Transmedia Mentorship Grant through the CMPA has been working with Dan Bekerman of Scythia Films, a Toronto-based production company.

Fischburg is delighted to be the recipient of the 2013 William F. White Production Manager Mentorship. Additional benefits of the mentorship include complimentary enrollment in the Production Management and Production Accounting modules of the WIFT-T Business Management for Media Professionals Program.

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