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P.E.I.'s Harmony Wagner one of directors chosen for Five in Focus: Atlantic initiative

P.E.I.’s Harmony Wagner is one of the directors selected in the Five in Focus: Atlantic initiative.
P.E.I.’s Harmony Wagner is one of the directors selected in the Five in Focus: Atlantic initiative. - Sally Cole

OTTAWA, ONT. – P.E.I. filmmaker Harmony Wagner is receiving recognition for her work.

She has just been selected as one of five women directors to watch out for.

Women in View made the announcement at the Canadian Media Producers Association Prime Time Conference in Ottawa during the “Five in Focus: Atlantic” launch, this past week.

Along with Martine Blue, Stephanie Clattenburg, Koumbie and Gia Milani, Wagner will take part in a three-year initiative that illustrates the depth and diversity of directing talent by shining a spotlight on five women directors.

The program was designed to bring together producers and broadcasters to identify and promote Canadian women media creators.

And past participants say there are great benefits.

“Five in Focus was one of the most professionally gratifying experiences for me. It was instrumental in helping me sign with an agent as well as getting me in front of producers which resulted in my first TV directing gigs.” said director Gloria Ui Young Kim, one of the 2017 Five in Focus directors.

“This invaluable spotlight helped me to advance my career in the most meaningful way.”

For year two, Women in View has partnered with Women in Film and Television- Atlantic (WIFT-AT) and Telefilm Canada to turn the spotlight on five women directors from the Atlantic region.

"We have so many talented women in Atlantic Canada working outside the mainstream. It’s exciting to see our directors given the chance to step up and show the rest of Canada what they have to offer,” says Kimberlee McTaggart, WIFT-AT chair.

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