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FESTIVAL STAFF Sarah Smellie – Executive Director Jenn Brown – Industry Liaison Marie Jones – Administrative Assistant & Office Coordinator Eilish Mc Brearty – Communications & Education Coordinator Victoria Wells – Technical Director ... BOARD OF DIRECTORS Noreen Golfman – Chair Angela Antle – Vice-Chair Clara McCue – Treasurer ... MEMBERS-AT-LARGE Miriam Macleod • Maria May • Sharon Pippy • Gillian Marx Anna Petras • Allison White • Barbara Janes • Jill Thomas-Myrick

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RUTH ATKINSON Ruth Atkinson has been a script consultant and story editor in LA for over 20 years, collaborating on many award-winning, internationally-distributed films, including Jonas Chernick’s M​y Awkward Sexual Adventure,​T​he Perfect Family s​tarring Kathleen Turner, Genie-nominated W​ho Loves the Sun,​and the New Zealand hit P​redicament​with Jemaine Clement. Ruth is also a story analyst (Screen Queensland, Sundance Institute’s Feature Film Screenwriting and Directing Lab) and a screenwriting instructor/story editor for Project Involve, Film Independent’s (FIND) signature diversity program, where she helps develop short film scripts which are produced and showcased at the Los Angeles Film Festival.


TIM MURPHY T​ IM MURPHY has worked as a film technician since 1997. He worked in entry level Construction, Grip, Sets and production PA positions before finding a career niche in the Electric/Lighting department. Every position in that department, he’s done; Third Electric, Genny Op, Best Boy, and Gaffer, on local films, various spots in Canada, and several international projects. He has also been a board member of the film technician’s union (IATSE) in NL for the last 5 years. If you’ve got a film question, he can probably answer it or put you on to someone who can.

Over three weekends we will be offering workshops, film screenings, panels, brunches and more! You will find a full schedule in the middle of this program. Before and after the schedule are the bios of the incredibly talented industry professionals and creators who will be leading these events. All workshops are $20 for regular admission, $15 for students and seniors except for the Women Producers’ Brunch which is $25/$20 (brunch included, tickets must be purchased 24 hours in advance to guarantee meal). Both the Private Script Consultations and the Private Interactive Consultations are by appointment only and are $20/$15 cash only at the door.


Panels start promptly on time. For more information, or to book a private consultation with Ruth Atkinson or Jen Moss, please contact Jenn Brown at

JESSICA CONGDON p​roduced, wrote and edited documentaries T​he Mask You Live In​ and M​iss Representation​ with Jennifer Siebel Newsom, having co-directed and edited the documentary R​ace To Nowhere.​Other editing work includes the documentaries​ Speed and Angels, Motherland, The Bronzer,​and the narrative features B​ig Girls Don’t Cry a​nd Sundance award-winner D​opamine. J​essica is a founding editor of Umlaut Films in San Francisco, and her commercial work has received AICE editing awards, the One Show Award, and Cannes Lions awards.

The IATSE Set Etiquette course is $25 cash only at the door. All film screenings are $15/$12. Tickets are limited and must be purchased in advance through the LSPU Hall Box office by calling 753-4531 or online at

Thank you so much to Jud Haynes and Krista Power, Fixed Coffee & Baking, everyone at the LSPU Hall, Tim Murphy, IATSE 709, The Overcast, all of our workshop facilitators, the teams behind all of our film screenings, Matt Grant, the caterers, Mary MacDonald and Eastern Edge, our Staff, our Board of Directors, and our beloved sponsors: the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, NIFCO, the Newfoundland & Labrador Film Development Corporation, the Government of Newfoundland & Labrador’s Department of Business, Tourism, Culture and Rural Development. We hope you have an inspiring and enlightening time with us!

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LYNN WILSON LYNNE WILSON produced Mary Walsh’s Y​oung Triffie​and Genie award-winning L​ove & Savagery. Following a five-year stint in Australia, Lynne continues to develop films with producing partner, Stephen Amis, including the comedy T​he BBQ​ and UFO thriller S​kydoor.​Their feature, T​he 25th Reich was released worldwide. Lynne continues to work with Canadian producing partner, Jill Knox-Gosse, adapting best-selling novels T​he Colony of Unrequited Dreams​ and S​hoot Me f​or the screen. They also produced R​elative Happiness (d​ir. Deanne Foley). Lynne’s award-winning documentary productions include H​ard Rock and Water (​dir. Barbara Doran); M​oebius Redux: A Life in Pictures ​and F​eel The Earth Move: The Gros Morne Project (dir. Anne Troake). Lynne also formed Label, a boutique distribution company, with Tait Brady and Stephen Amis, releasing James Cameron’s D​eepsea Challenge (​in association with Beyond Films), T​he Pervert’s Guide To Ideology ​and T​he Wedding Party.

STEPHEN DUNN STEPHEN DUNN​is a writer, director and graduate of the Canadian Film Centre and Ryerson University’s Film Program. His short films have won awards at Tribeca, TIFF and the Munich International Film Festivals. His latest short, P​op-Up Porno, p​remiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. Stephen’s first feature C​loset Monster (​starring Connor Jessup and Isabella Rossellini) is currently in post-production.

JENNIFER SIEBEL NEWSOM Jennifer Siebel Newsom is a filmmaker, speaker, former actress, advocate for women, girls, and their families, and a mother of young children. Her film T​he Mask You Live In​was preceded by documentary Miss Representation, e​ xploring how media misrepresentations of women contribute to their under-representation in positions of influence. In response to the film, Newsom launched to shift people’s consciousness, inspire individual and community action and ultimately transform culture so everyone, regardless of gender, age or circumstance can fulfill their potential. Jennifer is also an executive producer of Academy Award-nominated T​he Invisible War,​which exposes the epidemic of rape in the U.S. military.

LINDSAY MACKAY LINDSAY MACKAY wrote and directed W​et Bum,​her debut feature, which was named a Top 10 Finalist in the prestigious Zoetrope Screenwriting Competition and premiered at TIFF in 2014. She is a graduate of the AFI Conservatory in LA, where she was granted the Franklin J. Schaffner Fellow and Richard P. Rogers Spirit of Excellence Awards. Her thesis film, C​lear Blue,​won the College Television Award. Her work has screened at SXSW, AFI Fest, Palm Springs International ShortsFest, TIFF and Camerimage. Lindsay is currently developing a feature length version of C​lear Blue.​



SARAH SPRING i​s co-founder of Parabola Films, a boutique production house bringing the most innovative filmmaking voices to questions of society. She is also co-President of the Documentary Organization of Quebec, and with Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montréal (RIDM), she is actively involved in Montreal’s vibrant documentary community. Beginning with C​rossing the Line,​written and produced in 2008 about a notorious Montreal street artist, Sarah works with auteur filmmakers who have a unique approach to storytelling. Recent productions include Ariel (2014) and Nuestro Monte Luna, set for release in 2015.

ANNETTE CLARKE ​is a multi-award winning producer, Annette’s most recent productions are H​ard Light,​(which won the 2013 FIFA Jury Award); B​uying Sex​ (premiered at Hot Docs 2013); and 5​4 Hours,​ a hauntingly beautiful remembering of the 1914 Newfoundland sealing disaster. She is currently in production on 1​60 Girls, t​ he story of a precedent-setting initiative to protect girls against gender-based violence; and has just completed DANNY, about NL’s own Danny Williams.

LOIS BROWN LOIS BROWN ​is a crossdisciplinary artist born in Corner Brook, and co-founder of newfoundlandartistx (nax). She is a past Artistic Animateur of RCA Theatre Company, and original member/past Curator of Neighbourhood Dance Works. Short-listed for the 2004 Siminovitch Prize (Directing), she was awarded the Canada Council’s Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Award and the NLAC’s Artist Achievement Award. With the NFB, she is currently collaborating on a documentary about chronic pain with animator Bruce Alcock.

ANNA PETRAS ANNA PETRAS​is a producer, writer and co-owner of Newfound Films Inc. Anna’s first feature production Down to the Dirt l​aunched at the Marche du Cannes and premiered at TIFF in 2008, going on to theatrical release and screening at festivals around the world. Through Newfound Films, she is developing features S​t. John’s West,​ L​ast Resort​ (with Kickham East Productions) and T​he Deep Cuts.​Anna is Program Director at NIFCO (Newfoundland Independent Filmmakers Cooperative).

ERIN BEST Erin Best is a St. John’s lawyer and trademark agent with Cox & Palmer, one of the largest full-service Atlantic law firms and a member of the World Services Group, a global network of over 15,000 leading professional service providers. Erin chairs the Canadian Bar Association Intellectual Property Section (NL Chapter) and co-chaired the Canadian Bar Association National Copyright Work Group, who prepared submissions on BillsC-32 and C-11 (C​opyright Modernization Act)​. She is a founding member of the NLIPA, a provincial group of IP practitioners, and a member of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC). Erin is also vice-chair of the East Coast Music Association.

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MATTHEW STENBECK is the CEO and Product Lead at B​rownie Points,​ Co-founder of C​ommon Ground Co working a​ nd Technical Lead of the L​adies Learning Code c​hapter in St. John’s. H​e also founded and built a web-based business called T​houghtboxes a​ nd designed and programmed an award winning indie game for the Xbox 360 called K​aleidoscope. H ​ ​e’s a jack of many trades as a self-taught programmer, experienced designer, and business graduate from Memorial University.

JEN MOSS, ​a​ writer and interactive producer, is currently creating an interactive piece on Syrian refugees for Al Jazeera and organizing an interactive installation series for Simon Fraser University’s 50​Anniversary. She spent 4 years with The National Film Board of Canada’s Digital Studio​a​nd now​ works with artists of all stripes to help turn their ideas into interactive storytelling experiences. She produced Ice Fishing, a​ collaboration between Newfoundland artist Jordan Bennett and the NFB Digital Studio, will represent NL at the 2015 Venice Biennale.



St. John’s-born director Stephen Dunn shared a series of three short films about meaningful and humiliating online-dating horror stories that are visually interpreted through original and hand-made erotic pop-up books.

Do you have ideas for the next life-changing app, or something that would help share your art or compliment your next film project? Matthew Stenback (Brownie Points) will teach you the process of creating an app from start to finish — from learning about the appverse itself to development, design, economics, management, and marketing. No previous experience or knowledge required- this workshop is designed for non-technical people and aspiring mobile app creators who want to learn the basics, understand the steps and skills involved and the concepts and principles on what makes a great app and how to apply them to your own ideas.

March 6 • LSPU Hall • 7 pm

THE BINGO ROBBERS March 6 • LSPU Hall • 7 pm

A retrospective screening of our 2000 Opening Night film! Co-Directors and co-writers Lois Brown and Barry Newhook with producer Dana Warren created this off-beat romantic comedy about two petty criminal want-a-bes, winning Best Original Screenplay, Best Music Composition and Best Actor at The Atlantic Film Festival. Set in downtown St. John’s, he lives in his car, she has a plan, and we are reminded that there is a little criminal in all of us. Stick around after the film for a Q&A and a lot of laughs with Lois Brown.


March 7 • LSPU Hall • 7 pm Sam is a self-conscious and stubborn 14-year-old girl, finding it difficult to fit in. She finds strength in the underwater world her lifeguard course provides. But insecurity takes over when her unwillingness to change out of her bathing suit in front of the more developed girls becomes a point of ridicule. It’s this fear that leaves her with a wet bum. Her solace from the bullying is Lucas, her handsome and empathetic lifeguard instructor, who reaches out to help. After a skinny dipping prank goes awry, mom punishes Sam by making her work cleaning the family-run retirement home. As the days pass, Sam develops unexpected friendships with two of the retirement home’s residents, who teach her about growing up...and growing old. Featuring Julia Sarah Stone, Craig Arnold, Diana Leblanc, Jamie Johnston, Jenna Nye, Natalie Ganzhorn with Leah Pinsent and Kenneth Welsh. Join writer/director Lindsay MacKay post screening for a Q&A about her feature debut- a unique coming of age story that spans generations.

THE MASK YOU LIVE IN March 8 • LSPU Hall • 7 pm

. The Mask You Live In follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America’s narrow definition of masculinity. Compared to girls, research shows that boys in the U.S. are more likely to be diagnosed with a behavior disorder, prescribed stimulant medications, fail out of school, binge drink, commit a violent crime, and/or take their own lives. Jennifer Siebel Newsom and The Representation Project asks: As a society, how are we failing our boys and how can we can raise a healthier generation of boys and young men?

March 14 • NIFCO • 10 am-12:30 pm


Writer, journalist, and former NFB interactive producer Jen Moss will lead this 2- hour, participatory workshop on interactive storytelling. Using two case studies from her repertoire: Al Jazeera’s Life on Hold and the NFB’s The Last Hunt, Jen will delve into the process of writing for interactive digital media. She’ll look at how interactivity can relate to theme, and explore ways to pick up story form, turn it upside-down, and examine it like a rock on the beach. This workshop is perfect for a wide array of creators from various disciplines who want to bring their work into the digital sphere.

Women Producer’s Brunch* March 15 • NIFCO • 10 am-1 pm

This is a rare chance to pick the brains of highly experienced producers from across Canada, including Lynne Wilson (Relative Happiness), Annette Clarke (National Film Board of Canada) and Sarah Spring (Parabola Films). This advanced session is open to women who want to ask questions about the business side of filmmaking, in confidence, to further develop their own producing careers. Topics discussed can include company incorporation for the master company and single purpose incorporations, lawyers and insurance, how to choose accounting firms, how tax credits work, inter-provincial co-productions and financing, the business of being a producer/director/writer, financing for films/docs/tv, and more. This intimate workshop is designed for women who want to speak freely and openly with a smaller group versus large audience panel. *Brunch provided. Space is limited. Tickets must be purchased 24 hours in advanced.


Jennifer Moss will be offering private one-on-one project consultations to help interactive storytellers rein in and also further explore and expand their ideas to strengthen their projects for the digital world. *Space in limited. Contact by March 12 at 5pm to book.


March 21 • NIFCO • 1pm-3pm

Please join us after the screening for a Q&A panel with co-writer/producer and editor Jessica Congdon.

Partnering with the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) Local 709, this set etiquette course will focus on what it takes to be a productive member of the film and television industry. 709 member and long-time film technician Tim Murphy will teach you how working on a film set requires more than just technical skills. It requires patience, adaptability, perseverance, creativity and teamwork. Understanding how a set functions can help you feel confident and provide you with the knowledge you need to work on set. During this two-hour introduction we will explore topics such as: Acceptable behaviour on set, set safety, becoming a member of a union, reading a call sheet, and knowing the roles of the people around you. This course is a pre-requisite for IATSE 709 membership.

Presented with the Men’s Outreach Committee of the NL Sexual Assault Crisis and Prevention Centre.

The cost for the course is $25. Payment is cash-only at the door.

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FILMMAKER 101- GRANTS & FUNDING March 7 • NIFCO • 10 am-12:30 pm

Join Anna Petras, award-winning producer and co-owner of Newfound FIlms Inc., as she guides you through the steps of how to apply for and successfully receiving film funding. This workshop will focus on budgeting and where to allocate your funds from a case-study approach (films in the $500-$50,000 range) including where to start when it comes to cast, crew and materials costs, and an overview of how a budget changes to go beyond that price range (such as PICTURE START or NSI Drama Prize Program ). Anna will help you learn where to apply for municipal, provincial and federal money as well as discussing other funding options (crowdsourcing, private grants, etc.) while offering tips for each application including how to know your grant jury audiences (NLAC, PS/First time Film, NLFDC, City Grant, Canada Council, etc.). If this is your first film or your tenth, this workshop will give you the knowledge you need to start or serve as a perfect refresher in the ever-changing funding world.


Do you want to start a Production Company but aren’t sure where to begin, or did you recently start one and need help with the next step? Join Anna Petras (Newfound Film Inc., NIFCO) and lawyer/trademark agent Erin Best (Cox & Palmer) to learn how to approach starting your own Incorporated Production Company and what that means in terms of financial and legal obligations. Other topics will include: how to work with unions, creating deal memos and contracts for cast and crew, key entertainment and media laws, Corporate tax reporting and obligations, insurance requirements and more. Sounds like a ton of fun right? We’ll make sure it is!


Ruth Atkinson joins us again this year from Los Angeles to offer her very sought-after private one-on-one script consultations. *Space in limited. Contact by March 4 at 5pm to book.


. CREATING POWERHOUSE CHARACTERS AND UNFORGETTABLE SECONDARY CHARACTERS Developing characters that undergo meaningful change is a vital part of a successful screenplay. This session will focus on how to create powerful characters that drive the narrative and have a clear transformational arc. We’ll look at the three act structure and use it to plot the protagonist’s transformation. Secondary characters play a very important role in the story – to shed light on the protagonist. This session will focus on creating secondary characters that help us to understand the protagonist through their relationship to them. We’ll look at different ways and show how you can use these roles to help the audience understand the protagonist, move the story forward, create tension and suspense and give the story a powerful resolution.


Short, Feature or Web Series? Testing Your Premise and Character Based Outlines Workshop Discuss how to assess whether your idea works best as a short, feature or web series and gain the tools to assess whether your story concept has the elements it needs to work as a successful narrative. Before you start writing you need a roadmap, and an outline is the best way to do this. This session will focus on the importance of finding the process that works best for you. We’ll screen some of the Academy’s Creative Spark series to explore a variety of approaches and then we’ll roll up our sleeves and start outlining. We’ll use the three act structure as it relates to the character’s transformation (discussed in the morning) to outline the main beats of the participants’ screenplays. This process is suitable for shorts, features or web series.

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Scene and Heard Film Industry Conference 2015  

Presented by the St. John's International Women's Film Festival

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