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WOMEN IN FILM & TELEVISION – TORONTO ANNOUNCES 2014 MEDIA LEADERSHIP PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS

Toronto, ON – Women in Film & Television – Toronto (WIFT-T) is pleased to announce the 17 participants selected for the 2014 WIFT-T Media Leadership Program (MLP) presented by Bell Media; a competitive Schulich School of Business Certificate Program designed for screen-based executives and entrepreneurs. The WIFT-T Media Leadership Program offers unique and intense exposure […]

2013 CBC Business of Broadcasting Mentorship Winner: 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 […]

CBC Mentorship Program Testimonials

Read Testimonials from past winners of our CBC mentorship program!

BMMP Program Testimonials

“Taking the BMMP course conducted by WIFT has been one of the best professional decisions I have made since migrating to Canada a couple of years ago. Although I had several years broadcast and production experience garnered over a career at companies like Disney, Turner and Star TV in Asia – BMMP filled in a […]

2013 Deluxe Producer Internship Winner: Karen Shaw

Toronto, 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 […]

Media Leadership Program Testimonials

“The Media Leadership Program brought great value in my progress in the management capacity.  It helped me adjust my ways in exploring what it means to lead a team and the language I use to achieve success in the workplace.” —Teresa M. Ho, Director of Production, Shaftesbury Films Inc., 2008 MLP Participant   “The Media […]

2013 Kodak New Vision Mentorship Winner: Sherien Barsoum

WIFT-T is pleased to announce writer/director/producer Sherien Barsoum 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.

WIFT-T Announces Recipient of 2013 Banff Scholarship

  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 […]

2014 Career Advancement Program Speakers

The faculty for the 2013 Career Advancement Program.

2012 CBC Business of Broadcasting Mentorship Winner: Kerry Ball

WIFT-T and CBC have selected Kerry Ball as the recipient of the CBC Business of Broadcasting Mentorship. Click above to read the media release.

Applying to CMF? Take this first.

October 31 – November 3, 2012 | Downtown Toronto Open to both women and men, the Corus Convergent Media Program (CMP) is designed to enable independent producers who have interactive digital media or transmedia projects in development to prepare stronger CMF applications. Participants will master the integration of traditional media production with digital media and learn how to create […]

WIFT-T announces Kodak New Vision Mentorship winner

Congratulations Simonee Chichester, winner of the 2012 Kodak New Vision Mentorship! In the lead-up to TIFF, Simonee will receive coaching from industry mentors Tamara Shannon and Ingrid Veninger.

WIFT-T announces WFW Production Manager Mentorship winner

Congratulations Monica Côté, winner of the 2012 William F. White Production Manager Mentorship! Monica begins her ten-day internship at William F. White's Toronto production facility in late April. Thanks to William F. White for supporting this initiative.

Development Incubator Application Deadline

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 on the development of feature-length projects. Teams are matched with a […]

Career Advancement Program Sessions

The Career Advancement Program is a breakfast series providing screen-based professionals with career development strategies. Each Friday morning session explores a unique topic and features a guest speaker. Begins February 24th with Personal Finance. Receive a discount when you register for the full series!

Goodmans Presents: Through Her Lens – Women in Cinematography

Where | National Film Board Cinema, 150 John Street (at Richmond St. W) RSVP (Members Only) | wift@wift.com or 416.322.3430 ext. 224   It’s one of the most important aspects of film—and also one of the most infrequently discussed. Cinematography is where art and science converge to establish a film’s tone and style and create […]

William F. White Production Manager Mentorship Testimonial

William F. White Production Manager Mentorship |  Guidelines Corinne Herman, 2011 [The William F. White Production Manager Mentorship] proved to be even more valuable than I could have imagined. A day in Remote Heads and Cranes was a very cool experience. Learning from the RHC team helped me feel more confident and informed. My time […]

2014 Media Leadership Program Faculty

MLP Overview  |  Curriculum Douglas Barrett BA (York), MSc (Syracuse), LLB (Dalhousie)  Visiting Scholar, CTV Professorship in Broadcast Management Principal, barcode SDG Douglas Barrett is the Principal of barcode SDG, a strategic and governance advisory firm. He is also an Advisory Board Member of the Vancouver based Feldman Agency and an invited member of the […]

2011 CBC Business of Broadcasting Mentorship Winner: Heidi Tao Yang

Toronto, ON – Women in Film & Television – Toronto (WIFT-T) is pleased to announce emerging producer Heidi Tao Yang as winner of the 2011 CBC Business of Broadcasting Mentorship. Yang will join CBC Television for a week-long workshop at its downtown Toronto studio in February 2012. She will learn about the production and broadcast […]

WIFT-T announces winner of Kodak New Vision Mentorship

More on the Kodak New Vision Mentorship Toronto, ON – Women in Film & Television – Toronto is pleased to announce emerging director and writer Ana Valine as winner of the 2011 Kodak New Vision Mentorship. Through the program, Valine meets one-on-one with Laurie May, Executive Vice President of Alliance Films Inc., and with internationally-acclaimed director […]

BMMP | Marketing and Distribution

The third module in the WIFT-T Business Management for Media Professionals Program (BMMP), Marketing and Distribution will illustrate the importance of sales to a content producer’s bottom line. Participants receive insight on effective sales materials, from a “stop-them-in-their-tracks” proposal to email marketing. Analysis on the distribution process will include the sales and marketing cycle, as well as […]

WIFT-T announces winner of Deluxe Producer Internship

WIFT-T and Deluxe provide postproduction training for emerging female producer  WIFT-T is pleased to announce Marla Black as the winner of the 2011 Deluxe Producer Internship. Black will receive a special presentation at the WIFT-T Reception at TIFF, taking place September 14 at Pinewood Toronto Studios. Now in its fourth year, this national program provides one […]

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 […]

Corus Convergent Media Stream Schedule

Corus Convergent Media Stream  |  Guidelines |  Application Form  Please note this schedule is subject to change. Sunday October 23 CCMS Master Class | 1:00pm – 4:00pm Open to all iWDMS delegates, the CCMS Master Class will explore strategies and processes for bridging film, television, online and mobile platforms. Participants receive an overview of the impact […]

Deluxe Producer Internship

Postproduction training for an emerging Canadian female producer. Application deadline: Monday July 25

Deluxe Producer Internship Testimonials

Back to the 2012 Deluxe Producer Internship Marla Black, 2011 I covered all aspects of the postproduction process at Deluxe including dailies, DI, online edit suites, sound mix, Foley, VDR, QC and Cinema Spots. It was an incredible career-changing experience and has prepared me to shepherd my own projects through the postproduction process. The interactions […]

2011 Crystal Awards Nominations

Nomination Deadline | Friday July 29, 5PM EDT   WIFT-T is now accepting nominations for the 2011 Crystal Awards Gala Luncheon. Active WIFT-T members are invited to nominate exceptional candidates, with a minimum of ten years’ experience in screen-based media (film, television or digital media), for a 2011 Crystal Award. NOTE: Current WIFT-T Board Members are not […]

Corus Convergent Media Stream Application Deadline

The Corus Convergent Media Stream (CCMS) is for teams of two producers (male or female) 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 […]

Corus Convergent Media Stream Bursary Deadline

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Deluxe Producer Internship Application Deadline

The Deluxe Producer Internship provides one emerging Canadian female producer with invaluable hands-on postproduction training. The successful applicant joins Deluxe Postproduction—at their world-class facility in downtown Toronto—for a three-week internship to learn about production equipment planning and requirements and postproduction video, film and sound. The internship will commence in November, 2011. Read more. Benefits Three-week internship […]

Development Incubator Reception

Where | Hotel Novotel Toronto, 45 The Esplanade, M5E 1W2 View map & directions  This event is by invitation only. Those who have received an invitation must RSVP by June 17 (see evite for details). The WIFT-T Development Incubator is designed to develop market-driven feature films and support the next generation of Canadian feature film professionals. […]

Olivia Ward

Olivia Ward is a Toronto Star writer on foreign affairs, with more than 13 years’ experience as a foreign correspondent. She was the Star‘s UN correspondent, then headed the Moscow and London bureaus. She has reported from South Asia and the Middle East, and on wars in Chechnya, Tajikistan, Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan, Kosovo, Serbia, Macedonia, Iraq, and the […]

Debi Goodwin

Debi Goodwin has more than 20 years’ experience as a CBC journalist. For ten years, she produced foreign documentaries for The National and traveled to El Salvador, China, the Middle East and Africa. Last September, Doubleday Canada published Citizens of Nowhere, Debi’s non-fiction account of eleven refugee students in Kenya whom she followed through their first year on […]

Goodmans Presents: Women on the Front Lines

Conflict zone storytelling and the role of female correspondents & documentarians. Jun 7.

WIFT-T Announces Winner of Astral Media Mentorship

WIFT-T is pleased to announce Norma Mendoza as the winner of the 2011 Astral Media Mentorship. Now in its fourth year, this national competitive program prepares one Canadian producer who is a visible minority, Aboriginal, or an individual with a disability for the Banff World Media Festival. “WIFT-T is pleased to once again partner with […]

2011 Recipient: Norma Mendoza

Back to Astral Media Mentorship Norma Mendoza is a dynamic young producer who continually pushes the artistic envelope to create relevant and entertaining original content. Her producing credits include Nickelodeon’s record-setting live-action TV series Dino Dan and the Gemini Award-winning TVO series The Ocean Room. Most recently, she produced BITE TV’s much-anticipated comedy series Papillon, […]

Goodmans Presents: Conflict Zone Storytelling & Women on the Front Lines

With only their cameras, laptops and fearless resolve, today’s foreign correspondents and documentarians brave the world’s worst conflict zones to deliver those hard-to-tell, and often, risky-to-uncover stories. The contributions of female investigative storytellers over decades of conflict have paved the way for a new generation of women—with a burning passion for justice, humanity and truth—to […]

DigiScape: Previsualization & Virtual Production

Projecting the mind's eye: technologies & workflows for virtual production planning. Jun 27.

Michael Irwin

Michael Irwin comes to the SIRT Centre having over ten years of post secondary education and an additional ten years of industry experience. As a student, his specializations included gaming technology, 3D modeling, computer science, digital art, fine art, photography and social sciences. His industry experience includes production and post-production for film, TV, video games […]

Bert Dunk

A native of Saskatchewan, Bert Dunk is recognized as one of Canada’s premiere cinematographers.  Formally trained in New York City at the Germain School of Photography, his career has spanned about 30 years. Well known for his Hawaiian shirts, Bert has shot feature films, television movies, episodic TV and commercials. He has worked for every […]

Jon Helliker

Before joining Sheridan College as a faculty member in 2005, John worked for over twenty years as a freelance director, production manager, and writer within the Canadian film and television industry. His credits include production management for children’s series television such as Degrassi and OWLTV; multiple series as a writer for TVOntario; and directing of […]

DigiScape | Previsualization & Virtual Production

Projecting the Mind’s Eye REGISTRATION CLOSED. EVENT AT CAPACITY. Imagination and entertainment go hand-in-hand; but when ideas run wild, so can the budget. Before the cameras even begin to roll, today’s feature film professionals ensure that what is described on the page will translate to the screen—and that everyone involved has the same expectations.      Previsualization is a […]

Frame Work II: Canada’s Screen-Based Workforce

Frame Work II is available online. Click above to access the full report and executive summary.

Feature Film Writing Program Part 2

Recommended for emerging to intermediate writers, this four-session series reinforces core concepts and builds on participants’ understanding of screenwriting fundamentals, including how to build better characters, create stronger sequences, raise the stakes, keep the story moving, and remain true to the theme of the story. The program is organized around instruction, breakdown and analysis of […]

Feature Film Writing Program

With Maureen Dorey, consultant to the pros. Part 2 begins July 13. Register today!

DigiScape: Making Games Make Money

Industry experts discuss monetizing games, from social, to mobile, to MMOs. April 11.

DigiScape: Making Games Make Money

Games are highly-addictive consumer fodder; but revenue recognition can be a complex process—whether your gaming components are part of a broader marketing strategy or are stand-alone products. From social games, to mobile games, to massive multiplayer online games, this DigiScape session will explore various monetization models, including traditional banners, pay-per-download, free-to-play and virtual currency. Hot […]

Astral Media Mentorship Testimonials

2011 Astral Media Mentorship     Mishann Lau, 2010 As [the 2010] winner of the Astral Media WIFT mentorship, I was able to attend The International Television Festival at Banff with confidence in my pitch and the support of veteran festival participants. This was an extremely rewarding trip because I was able to meet with broadcasters from […]