Women in Film and Television Alberta (WIFTA) is a non-profit organization that’s committed to promoting professional development,, equitable treatment, recognition, and the creation of new opportunities for professionals, primarily women, in the film, video, multimedia, and television industries.
WIFTA’s primary mission is to assist members that come from all across Alberta grow, advance, and sustain their careers and businesses. WIFTA works with individuals and companies at local, provincial, national, and international levels.
With the help of some generous foundations, corporations, and individuals, WIFTA is able to provide networking opportunities, mentorships, information, professional development, and access to other events for their members and the general public alike.
The Start of WIFTA
Women in Film and Television (WIFT) was initially started in Los Angeles, California back in 1973. Alberta’s team is simply the newest chapter in the organization’s growing history. The organization came to fruition under the influence of a group of women that were determined to improve possibilities for women in all key roles of the film industry.
The vision was to mobilize an effort to create positions for women as producers, directors, writers, actors, crew, distributors, and all multimedia support roles. The work of these women has been contributing to fair opportunities for women in the film industry for more than 35 years, and there are now more than 40 chapters operating around the world, including four in Canada.
Every two years, one chapter of WIFT is designated to host an international summit that welcomes further cooperation between women professionals in the global film industry. The summit also gives women a chance to identify key issues affecting women in the industry today.
Right here in Alberta, we have our very own chapter of WIFT. WIFTA helps to promote opportunities for women in the film industry right here in Alberta. There are many influential women that work with WIFTA, and many that sit on the chapter’s Board of Directors.
WIFTA Secretary: Share Munoz
One of those amazing women is Secretary Share Munoz. Share came to WIFTA from a background on the administrative side for large corporations. Her experience in this area has left Share with exceptional organizational skills, the ability to conduct strong customer service relations, an eye for the more particular details, and an affinity for solving complex problems.
After many years of dedicating her life to Corporate Canada, Share started to feel a drive to spend her time elsewhere. This is when she found a passion for filmmaking. An existing ability in photography transferred easily to filmmaking, specifically cinematography.
Share consistently keeps her eye out for the one shot or the sequence of footage that will stand out among the rest. She also has the drive to learn new techniques and concepts that can be adapted to film in order to assist in telling the story.
Share and her husband own and operate Vivia Digital Films. To learn more about Vivia, please check out this short trailer on our homepage. To stay up-to-date with the happenings of WIFTA, please click here.