It is a great honor for me to receive this Lifetime Achievement Award from the Women's International Film & Television Showcase, it only saddens me that my husband, Tony Blanco, cannot be with me to share this moment, as he would be as honored and proud as I am.
I congratulate you on the beautiful initiative to support and celebrate the dedication, passion and integrity of women in film everywhere, and I thank TheWIFTS Board for considering me worthy of this precious award. I am very sorry to be unable to receive it in person. Thank you!
THE WOMEN'S INTERNATIONAL FILM & TELEVISION SHOWCASE
DEC 5th 2015 WEST HOLLYWOOD
Passion & Integrity Commerce & Creativity Equality Not Hierarchy
- Mexico / USA
The Animation Award - Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet
Salma Hayek Actress – Producer – Director
Salma Hayek, producer, is the recipient of TheWIFTS Animation Award 2015 for Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet. Hayek brings to life a story that is near and dear to her heart and touches the hearts of viewers in a dazzlingly animated collaborative of life lessons and values that charm.....
Salma Hayek was born and raised in Coatzacoalcos, Mexico, and studied International Relations in college in Mexico.
An award-winning prolific actress, producer and director, in both film and television, Hayek fought passionately to play the lead in Frida, the film about Mexico's celebrated artist Frida Kahlo, which she also produced.
For her outstanding performance in the lead role as Frida directed by Julie Taymor, Hayek was nominated for an Academy Award, Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild and BAFTA Award.
Heather Perry gave the acceptance speech on behalf of Salma Hayek
Salma recently devoted herself to another passion as a producer and actor for Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet, an animated feature inspired by the book of the same name by the beloved Lebanese artist and poet.
She voices a character in the film alongside other talent such as Liam Neeson, John Krasinski, Quvenzhané Wallis, and Alfred Molina.
On television, she was last seen guest starring on NBC's critically acclaimed show 30 Rock. Hayek won an Emmy for her directorial debut, The Maldonado Miracle, which she also produced. The film, which starred Peter Fonda, Mare Winningham, and Ruben Blades, premiered at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival and later aired on Showtime. She has also directed music videos for both Prince and Jada Pinkett.
Hayek served as the Executive Producer on ABC's award-winning program Ugly Betty, starring America Ferrera, and based on the enormously successful Colombian series Yo Soy Betty, La Fea.
In 2001, she starred in and co-produced Showtime's In the Time of the Butterflies, for which she was nominated a Broadcast Film Critics Association's Award. Also produced by Hayek's Ventanarosa Productions was the Mexican feature No One Writes to the Colonel, directed by Arturo Ripstein, and based on the novel by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. No One Writes to the Colonel was selected for official competition at the 1999 Cannes Film Festival.
Noted for her acting career, Hayek has also dedicated much of her time to social activism. Hayek served as spokesperson for the Pampers/UNICEF partnership worldwide, to help stop the spread of life-threatening maternal and neonatal tetanus.
She also served as the spokesperson for the Avon Foundation's Speak Out Against Domestic Violence program, which focuses on domestic violence education, awareness and prevention, as well as support for victims.
In 2005, she spoke in front the US Senate, encouraging its members to extend the Violence Against Women Act. In January 2006, the legislation was passed, ensuring that 3.9 billion dollars will be allocated to thousands of domestic violence crisis and intervention agencies throughout the US.
In April of 2005, Hayek visited the Arctic Circle for the celebration of Earth Day, in an effort to bring attention to the dangers that global warming is putting on the lives of the Inuit people and the rest of the world.
In November 2005, she served as co-host, alongside Julianne Moore, at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo, which honored Nobel laureate Mohamed ElBaradei and the UN's International Atomic Energy Agency. She was also part of the One campaign that singer and activist Bono created, as well as a member of Global Green, and Youth Aids.
In 2013, Hayek, alongside Beyonce Knowles-Carter and Frida Giannini, the then creative director of Gucci, co-founded Chime For Change, an organization dedicated to improving the education, help and welfare of women and girls around the world.