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Upcoming conference will celebrate Atlantic Canadian female filmmakers

Event will highlight accomplishments, challenges for women in the industry

HALIFAX - Producers, directors and industry specialists will gather next month in Halifax for the 8th Women Making Waves conference.

The event, hosted by Women in Film and Television - Atlantic (WIFT-AT,) will run from March 2nd-3rd at the Lord Nelson Hotel.

WIFT-AT founding chair Jan Miller says with the continuing conversation about sexual harassment in the film industry - and all industries - the time has never been better to discuss how we can level the playing field.

"It's not just unique to the industry, but in the board rooms, in hiring, in festival screenings and in production, we need to seek out women in equal talent to men that will be just as strong in any one of those positions," she says. "One of the strongest ways you can address it is giving voice to people who normally are silenced."

Miller says WIFT-AT is working to create more balanced work environments by providing training and support for female filmmakers to raise their profile with the ultimate goal of creating more gender parity within the industry.

While the event is meant to celebrate women and their place in filmmaking, she stresses that all people of all genders are welcome to attend.

"We hear from women across Canada that are doing remarkable work," she says, "but they're talking about accomplishments and giving industry insights... that is relevant to everyone in the industry, or is curious about the industry."

Miller says increased diversity and gender parity in the workplace is valuable in all sectors, not just filmmaking.


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