Women in Film and Television's 2011 Spotlight Award winners
The sixth annual Vancouver Women in Film Festival is fast approaching and so are the Spotlight Awards, which kick off the festival. The awards pay tribute to the accomplishments of B.C. women in the local film and TV industries.
To add to this year's festivities, Women in Film & Television Vancouver has announced two new awards: the WIFTV Artistic Innovation Award and the PleaseAdjustYourSet.com Award for advocacy.
The event, to be held at 7 p.m. on March 4 at the Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour Street), will be hosted by Sanctuary star Amanda Tapping.
This year's Spotlight Award recipients include:
Woman of the Year
Producer Lynn Booth of Make Believe Media has worked extensively in documentary film and television, including shows such as The Whistleblower, Corporations in the Classroom, and The Devil You Know. She is being recognized for her commitment to hiring women in above-the-line positions, such as directors, writers, and editors.
Artistic Achievement Award
Katrin Bowen made her feature film directorial debut with Amazon Falls, about a fading B-movie actor (played by April Telek) who refuses to give up on her Hollywood dreams. Telek won the WIFTV Artistic Merit Award at last year's Vancouver International Film Festival.
WIFTV Artistic Innovation Award
Animator and filmmaker Ann Marie Fleming will receive this new award to recognize her body of work, which includes The Magical Life of Long Tack Sam, The French Guy, and her short film "I Was a Child of Holocaust Survivors", which was selected as part of Canada's Top Ten 2010.
Wayne Black Service Award
This year's award goes to Dusty Kelly for her extensive volunteer work for numerous industry organization, including her work on the BCIFP Women's Initiative Steering Committee and her mentoring of new filmmakers.
Alexandra Raffle will be honoured for her commitment to hiring women in above-the-line positions on her new TV series Endgame and her twenty years of mentoring women in the industry.
Sharon Gibbon Lifetime Member Award
Deb Sears wins this award for volunteering as host of WIFTV's Networking Breakfast over numerous years.
Kodak Image Award
This year's cinematography award goes to Lindsay George for her work on over 14 projects in the past five years, including A Night For Dying Tigers.
The winner of this new award, Rina Fraticelli, created a national association of female professionals called Women in View and spearheaded the international conference SexMoneyMedia held in Vancouver last October. She has also worked as executive producer of both the National Film Board's Pacific and Yukon Studio and Studio D.
The Vancouver Women in Film Festival runs from March 4 to 6.