Board of Directors
Jan Miller is an international consultant and trainer specializing in film and television co-production and co-venturing. She also continues to present one of the world’s top Pitching & Content Development Workshops. Her unique brand of training has been presented across Canada from Yellowknife to Newfoundland for provincial agencies, film schools, major festivals and film coops, and globally, from Berlin’s Talent Campus to Cuba’s Escuela Internacional de Cine y TV, to Poland’s ScriptEast, Colombia, Brazil, China, Tehran & Cannes. In great demand, Jan’s workshops have also crossed sectors into the music industry, where for almost a decade, she has been offering, through the East Coast Music Association, Export Ready training for musicians ready to present their work to the screen industry and to travel internationally.
A talent that makes things happen, Jan has served as an international consultant for many organizations including Creative BC and the CMPA, leading and supporting Canadian delegations to HK Filmart, the Rio Content Market and Berlin. She launched and served as Director of Halifax’s Strategic Partners, one of the world’s pre-eminent international co-production markets for 15 years. Jan also collaborated nine years ago with Berlin’s Erich Pommer Institut to design the hugely successful Trans Atlantic Partners (TAP), a 2 module international training program for mid career film and TV producers, with Jan as Director of TAP.
From 1999-01, Jan was VP, Development for imX Communication, responsible for moving forward numerous features, television and animation projects including her role as Associate Producer for Lynn Johnson’s acclaimed comic book strip, For Better or for Worse.
Jan was one of the driving forces behind setting up Canada’s first film school, the National Screen Institute, serving as Executive Director for 7 years introducing the still popular Features First and Drama Prize programs and the Local Heroes International Screen Festival which she ran for 13 years.
Previously, Jan trained with world renowned Clown teacher, Richard Pochinko. She travelled internationally with Small Change Theatre, presenting clown & mask shows to rave reviews around the globe from Paris to London, New York to Singapore. Jan was also involved in setting up the National Ice Theatre of Canada in Edmonton, where she served as drama coach to Olympic skaters performing theatre on ice.
Committed to supporting women working in the industry, Jan established Women in Film and Television-Atlantic, serving as the Founding Chair for 6 years. During this time Jan launched the annual Women Making Waves Conference, the WAVE Awards and the first ever collaboration with the Centre for Women in Business’s to design the screen version of their Advanced Management and Mentoring Program. Jan continues as a Mentor and Program Advisor for the organization.
Jan has won numerous awards including ITV’s Woman of Vision Award, WIFT-Toronto’s first Crystal Award for Excellence in Training/Professional Development, WIFT-AT Wave Award for her contribution to the Atlantic screen industry and a similar industry award in Alberta from AMPIA. She has served on many Boards including the First Weekend Club, the Atlantic Film Festival, National President of the Canadian Conference of the Arts, the inaugural Cultural Human Resources Council and she evaluated and approved funding for projects on the Boards of the CFCN Fund and the Shaw Fund. Jan also serves on the Executive of the Women in View Board.