JESSICA BROWN is an award winning documentary film producer, has been working in the film and television industry since 2003. In 2012 she incorporated Peep Media Inc., with production partner, Jackie Torrens. Peep Media Inc. has produced two feature length documentaries, “Edge of East” and “My Week on Welfare” (CBC; documentary Channel).

MARTHA COOLEY‘s career in the film and television industry began as Content Coordinator for the Halifax office of the Independent Film Channel. Martha has a diploma in Screen Arts from the Nova Scotia Community College and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Dalhousie University. She is a recipient of the 2011 Canadian Progress Club Women of Excellence Award in the Arts and Culture Division. She is currently the Executive Director of the Atlantic Filmmakers Cooperative.

CAMELIA FRIEBERG. For thirty-one years Camelia Frieberg worked as a film producer, director and writer in Toronto and NS. She was the producer of “The Sweet Hereafter” and “Exotica” with director Atom Egoyan. For the past seven years Camelia has been managing Watershed Farm, a mixed livestock, vegetable, flower, herb and fruit farm using biodynamic principles. She offers workshops, events and concerts at the farm. She is a board member of USC Canada and proud mother of two children.

Atlantic Filmmaker & Short Documentary Awards

NANCE ACKERMAN is an accomplished documentary photographer, director and multimedia artist. Her sensitivity and human touch results in beautiful and haunting imagery in print and film. Credits include Cottonland (NFB, CBC), Four Feet Up (NFB, CBC, TVO), Fid, Little Thunder, Carry me Home, Safe at Sea and the multi-media web experience, The Anniversary Project.

CHUCK LAPP has been an independent filmmaker and activist in Halifax for over 40 years. He has produced films on the inshore fishery crisis, as well as biographies of artists and writers in Atlantic Canada: Ernest Buckler, Kenneth Leslie, Tom Forrestall, and Robert Frank. Chuck helped to found the Atlantic Filmmakers Co-Op, NS Film Producers Association, IATSE 849, and the Atlantic Chapter of the Documentary Organization of Canada. He served on the board of the HOT DOCS Film Festival and is currently the Chair of DOC Atlantic.

CAT LEBLANC has been Membership Services Director at the NB Film Co-op for over 18 years. She coordinates the annual provincial workshop program. is co-lead for programming, events and finance for the Silver Wave Film Festival. Cat was awarded the CBC Pioneer Award at the AFF in 2010 and was one of four women from Atlantic Canada presented with the 2011 WAVE Awards for film, TV and new media, honouring women in the industry for their accomplishments, vision, leadership and dedication.