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2018 SPOTLIGHT AWARD WINNERS

Presented since 1999, the Spotlight Awards™ have brought together the BC Film community to celebrate the outstanding achievements of women in screen-based media. We celebrated these leaders for their outstanding work and contribution to advancing opportunities for women on June 19th, 2018 at Performance Works on Granville Island.

If you missed the event, check out the Spotlight Awards Gala event photos courtesy of Ida Adamowicz.  

Thanks to the CMPA, this year’s award winners were invited to the Women On Top Keynote Luncheon with Gina Davis.


 

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Marie Clements - The DGC-BC Impact Award 

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This award is presented for a career, or singular body of work, that has created a significant impact through breaking boundaries, investigating historical experiences, and; or challenging perceptions.

Marie Clements recently created The Road Forward, a musical documentary connecting a pivotal moment in Canada’s civil rights history—the beginnings of Indian Nationalism in the 1930s—with the powerful momentum of First Nations activism today. The Road Forward’s stunningly shot musical sequences, performed by an ensemble of some of Canada’s finest vocalists and musicians, seamlessly connect past and present with soaring vocals, blues, rock, and traditional beats. A rousing tribute to the fighters for First Nations rights, a soul-resounding historical experience, and a visceral call to action.  Marie is a Canadian Métis playwright, performer, director, producer, screenwriter and multi-award-winner. For her previous work, Clements’ films have screened at Cannes, TIFF, VIFF, Whistler Film Festival, American Indian Film Festival and imagineNATIVE Film festival, and aired on APTN. MCM is an independent media production company owned and operated by Clements specializing in the development, creation and production of innovative works of media that explore an Aboriginal and intercultural reality. Other screen credits include Edward Curtis (2018), Ballads Not Bullets: Tom Jackson (2014), Pilgrims (2013), Jesus Indian (2010) and Unnatural and Accidental (2006). She is currently in production on her latest feature film Red Snow.   


 

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Anita Adams - The Teamsters 155 Woman of the Year Award 

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This award is presented to an industry leader who has achieved significant success and who has created opportunities for other women in the industry.

Anita Adams has nearly 30 years experience working in film and television.  She got her start in the film industry as an actor and has worked in development and production on various feature films and shorts.  In 1998, Anita launched the Alibi Unplugged Script Reading Series, a monthly forum that brought provocative screenplays to life in front of a live audience.  In a short time, the script series became an integral part of the Vancouver film community serving writers, directors, producers and actors.  

In February 2003, Anita launched the First Weekend Club, an initiative designed to build audiences for Canadian films and to support a film’s critical first weekend in theatres.  What started as a Vancouver based initiative has grown into a national organization which has helped to promote over 750 Canadian feature films and countless talent. 

In April 2015, as part of the First Weekend Club brand and in partnership with the National Film Board of Canada, Anita and her team launched CanadaScreens.ca, a Video on Demand service exclusively for Canadian film.  


 

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Camille Sullivan - The UBCP/ACTRA Artistic Achievement Award 

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This award honours a screen-based media artist (i.e. writer, director, producer, editor, director of photography or performer) who has created an outstanding recent work or a significant body of work.

Camille Sullivan is an award-winning actress whose impressive body of work boasts a host of strong, complicated characters, often brought to the edge of their emotional limits.  This year, Camille earned a Canadian Screen Award nomination for her portrayal of a desperate mother searching for her son in the gripping CTV mystery event series, The Disappearance, acting opposite heavyweights Peter Coyote and Aden Young.   

Previously, Camille also earned Gemini Award nominations for her work as a conflicted detective on the television series Shattered and as the volatile cocaine and alcohol addicted ex-wife of a west coast crime boss, in the critically acclaimed series, Intelligence, from DaVinci’s Inquest creator Chris Haddock. 

Winner of the UBCP/ACTRA Best Actress Award in 2016, 2015 and 2012 for films: The Birdwatcher, directed by Siobhan Devine and written by Roslyn Muir; Ally Was Screaming, directed by Jeremy Thomas and Sisters and Brothers, a completely improvised film from director Carl Bessai. Camille also won a Leo Award for her performance in Bessai’s multiple award-winning dramatic feature film, Normal.  

Camille can be seen next in the movie Kingsway, directed by Bruce Sweeney and is currently filming Unspeakable, a CBC and Sundance TV original series which chronicles the emergence of HIV and Hepatitis C in Canada in the early 1980s and the tragedy that resulted after thousands of people were infected by tainted blood. 


 

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Loretta Todd - The Thunderbird Entertainment Artistic Innovation Award

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The Artistic Innovation Award honours a key creator of a recent production or body of work that exemplifies vision, experimentation, and innovation.

S. Todd is an internationally acclaimed, award-winning filmmaker known for powerful, visual storytelling. Her films have screened at the Sundance Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, American Indian Film Festival (San Francisco), Yamagata Film Festival, ImagineNative, and the Museum of Modern Art - to name a few. She’s received many prestigious honours and awards, including a Rockefeller Fellowship to New York University, attendance at the Sundance Scriptwriter’s Lab, Special Jury Citation (TIFF) and Mayor's Award for Media Arts (City of Vancouver). In demand as a writer and lecturer, Ms. Todd has spoken at the United Nations, MOMA, and at Global Perspectives and Cultural Hybridity (2005 Venice Biennale). Ms. Todd is also a successful producer of children’s programming for the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN – Canada), including the award-winning Coyote’s Crazy Smart Science Show, about Indigenous science. And she produced, directed and wrote Skye and Chang, a sci-fi martial arts drama series, premiering the pilot on APTN, which also won the Best Short Drama Award at the 38th American Indian Film Festival in San Francisco. She recently created Fierce Girls, a webseries and transmedia project about two Indigenous teen superheroes and she will soon direct her first feature.

Known for using lyrical, expressionistic imagery combined with strong storytelling skills and talents, Todd tells truths that are haunting, funny and real. What makes Ms. Todd an exceptional filmmaker is her imagination and her fearlessness. Some say she sees into the hearts and minds of the subjects, actors and characters in her films. 


 

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Angie Nolan - The Capilano University Film Centre Leadership in Education Award

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The Leadership in Education Award is presented to a screen industry teacher who has demonstrated a commitment to creating opportunities for and sharing expertise with female students within an academic or professional development context.

Angie Nolan has been involved in Canada’s screen-based media community for over 25 years, beginning her career as a production assistant directly after high school in her hometown of Gibsons, B.C. where she worked on the last three seasons of the CBC hit series “The Beachcombers”. She went on to study theatre and creative writing at the University of Victoria (BFA) and theatre and film at Capilano College. She continued to work in the industry in front and behind the camera in a variety of roles, with her longest stint being as an assistant director on various feature films, television series and commercials.

Angie has been involved with the Whistler Film Festival (WFF) since its inception in 2001. She started with WFF as a volunteer and has worked in industry programming since 2004. In this role, Angie also develops and directs WFF’s Summit and Talent programs designed to provide creative and business immersion experiences for Canadian content creators. Programs include the Feature Project Lab, Praxis Screenwriters Lab, Aboriginal Filmmaker Fellowship, Power Pitch, Doc Lab, Digital First Lab, Music Showcase, and Stars to Watch. WFF also collaborates with four industry organizations by hosting specific third-party initiatives at WFF’s Summit including the Women in the Director’s Chair Industry Immersion (since 2014), Women in Film & Television Film Market Preparation Mentorship (since 2012), and the MPPIA Short Film Award Pitch with the Motion Picture Production Industry Association and Creative BC (since 2007). Since 2007, the Whistler Film Festival has successfully delivered 57 talent programs that have directly served 338 Canadian artists with 279 projects. As a result of these programs, over 42 projects (18 features and 24 shorts) have been completed to date, with 11 currently in production and 56 in development. 34 of these films have premiered at the festival. Angie has been the driving force behind these programs and their impact to date.


 

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Nadia DiMofte - The CMPA-BC Wayne Black Service Award

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The CMPA-BC Wayne Black Service Award honours a major contributor to the screen-based media community while working ‘behind the scenes’. This award is named in memory of Wayne Black of Alpha Cine who gave tirelessly of his time and talent to help filmmakers.

Nadia  DiMofte is an Emerging Independent Filmmaker who moved to Vancouver in 2010 with her husband, actor Raresh DiMofte. After a successful career in business Nadia’s lifelong passion for film, theatre and arts, in general, determined her to make a drastic change in her life: she moved across the Atlantic as part of her strategy to build a new career as a writer/director.

She has been involved in the indie film community in Vancouver for 3 years before DiMofte has written, produced and directed her first short FRaiLNeSS in 2013. Her short was accepted at the Short Film Corner section of the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. DiMofte attended the Festival and Market and negotiated a worldwide all media distribution deal for her short.

Nadia DiMofte was always into writing, discovering the truth and telling beautiful stories, those being the main reasons for her BA in Journalism/Communication. She always had a passion for film as a great medium of expression but only since her work for the Cannes Film Festival in 2008 she actively started pursuing this dream. 

Her background is in Event Organizing, Marketing and Business Development. She has international experience in both corporate and small business as well as NGO's, where she promoted brands, products and services while organizing over a thousand events of all types, sizes and purposes.


 

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Kim Guise - The Bron Iris Award

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The Iris Award, named after the Greek mythological figure Iris, is given to a person who has demonstrated a commitment to the promotion of female creators and their screen-based works either through curating or programming or through print and online media sources.

Kim Guise is the Director of Local Content at TELUS and the Executive in Charge of Production for TELUS Original Programming, overseeing a multi-million dollar portfolio supporting BC and Alberta filmmakers and cultural organizations. Since joining TELUS in 2013, Kim has played a key role in setting TELUS’ local content strategy and enabling TELUS to become an innovator and leader in local programming and the creative industries. Kim is passionate about enabling people from diverse backgrounds and experiences to tell stories that are meaningful to them and their communities.   Before joining TELUS, Kim spent 10 years in the western office of Telefilm Canada.  Prior to that, Kim was a financial services lawyer at a national business law firm with a practice that combined secured lending and entertainment law. 


 

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Arielle Boisvert - The Finalé Post Production Honoured Friend Award

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The Honoured Friend Award recognizes a person who has played a significant role in supporting women in the industry and promoting the goals of WIFTV.

As Director of Production and Development, Arielle brings a decade of production experience to her position at Brightlight Pictures, having worked with both independent and major studios such as Fox, Disney, Sony, Voltage, ABC, and Netflix. Arielle served as Co-Producer on the feature film COLOSSAL (Anne Hathaway, Jason Sudeikis), Producer on the biopic independent feature LITTLE PINK HOUSE (Catherine Keener, Jeanne Tripplehorn) and Executive Producer on the feature film STATUS UPDATE (Ross Lynch, Olivia Holt). Most recently, Arielle produced the series VALLEY OF THE BOOM (Steve Zahn, Bradley Whitford) for STX TV and National Geographic, and DESCENDANTS 3, a Disney Channel original. Arielle shares this award with Shawn Williamson, who gave her her start at Brightlight and continues to foster and support up and comers in Vancouver.


 

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Jody Wilson - The Matrix Image Award

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The Image Award is awarded to a director, writer, editor or director of photography of an outstanding short work that shows production excellence or a unique, visionary approach.

Jody Wilson is a writer, director and producer originally from Jasper, Alberta. With a background in visual effects, she’s currently in development on her first feature film and series based on her short, Indigo. Jody is usually travelling somewhere, and when she’s home in Vancouver, can usually be spotted with her adored dachshunds, Roux and Francis.  Jody says she gets her inspiration from her curiosity of the natural world, distorting reality and the complexity of human emotions. 


 

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Anaïsa Visser - The Encore Newcomer Award

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The Newcomer Award recognizes a new artist or technician, including one who is shifting from one career to another (i.e. from an actor to a director) whose first few works have laid the foundation for an inspiring new career.

Anaïsa grew up all over the world, namely in Mozambique, the United States, then France, before moving to Vancouver to pursue an undergraduate degree at Emily Carr University. She graduated in 2013 with a BFA in Film, Video and Integrated Media. She dedicates all of her spare time to helping others make their independent films, and to writing, directing, and producing her own independent work. Anaïsa is passionate about storytelling and hopes to make a career out of writing and directing films someday. In the meantime, she is committed to improving her craft and spending plenty of time with her cat. 


 

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Amanda Burke - The Troika Sharon Gibbon Award

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The Sharon Gibbon Award honours a member in recognition of her volunteer work with WIFTV advancing the organization’s goals. The award is named in memory of Sharon Gibbon, who exemplified these qualities in a career cut short too soon.

Amanda Burke is a Vancouver based actress (The X-Files, Riverdale, Cadence [2017 Leo Award nominated]). She studied theatre at the University of British Columbia while volunteer-producing and performing for Mussoc, UBC’s musical theatre society. She worked at Vancouver TheatreSportsTM in Community Development, coordinating their workshops and tours and launched their teen improv camps. She served on the board of Women in Film & Television Vancouver for four years, three as chair of their International Film Festival committee, and one as Vice President. She currently volunteers for the Union of BC Performers' Diversity & Inclusion Committee. Amanda recently filmed fun roles for Netflix’s “A Series of Unfortunate Events” and Karen Lam’s feature film ghost story “The Curse of Willow Song”, is cast in the independent feature film “Exuvia” which goes to camera this summer, and has a few other very interesting characters coming to screens fall of 2018.


 

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Anna Serner - The Please Adjust Your Set Award

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This award honours a person or organization that has made a major contribution to promoting gender equality in film, television or screen-based media.

Born in 1964, Anna Serner is the CEO of the Swedish Film Institute. She took up the post on October 1st, 2011. Her previous position was as Managing Director of the Swedish Media Publishers' Association (Tidningsutgivarna), where she was active in public debate on freedom of speech and the media's role in society.

For two years prior to this she ran her own marketing communications consultancy business and was also CEO of the Advertising Association of Sweden (Reklamförbundet) from 1998-2006.

With a degree in law, Anna has a wide experience of board level appointments, including Berghs School of Communication, Folkoperan, United Minds, Fanzingo and the magazine Dagens Samhälle. She has also served as an expert on various Swedish government commissions, including one on copyright (2010). In addition, she undertook a two-year course in practical filmmaking at the Stockholm School of Film as well as film studies at Stockholm University.

Over the past 20 years, Anna has also given lectures and spoken widely on law, advertising, creativity and management.


 

 

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