TheWIFTS Foundation International Visionary Awards 2016 Honorees
TheWIFTS Foundation International Visionary Awards 9th Honorees Luncheon - July 2nd 2016
The Mayfair Suite - Millennium Hotel - London
TheWIFTS 2016 Luncheon
2016 - Honorees Luncheon at The Mayfair Suite - London – UK
Lead London Sponsor - Red Rock Entertainment – Elstree Studios
The overall theme of The Women's International Film & Television Showcase (TheWIFTS) and its annual intimate luncheon.
TheWIFTS Foundation International Visionary Awards 2016 was Love, Peace and Diversity. The Diversity (spiritual, mental and physical) was reflected by filmmakers from a number of perspectives in the selected films from unINDIAN Gayby Baby, My Voice, My Life, to The Fits. Peace was reflected and complemented by Honorees from other sectors of society with Valdete Idrizi from Kosovo, TheWIFTS Foundation Peace Award, and Indira Malwatte, Chairperson and Chief Executive of The Sri Lanka Export Development Board, the honoree of TheWIFTS Foundation Business & Economics Award. Indira Malwatte present at the event and spoke of new beginnings for Sri Lanka as peace allows the country to start its journey to a new era of global expansion - and encouraged the film honorees to look to Sri Lanka as an emerging new film location. Honorees who were able to attend included: Barbara Tipple – Indira Malwatte – Fiona Hawthorne – Valdete Idrizi – Lisa Duff – Anna Sophia van Dyck Kospoth, accepted for Elisabeth Gräfin von Kospoth – Sophie Reine – Charlotte Mars – Gemma Ashford – Deborah Mollison – Sarah Arthur – Chelsea Grant, and Nadine Marsh-Edwards. Guests among others included: June Merrigan – Lisa Gomer Howes – Sharan Kaur – Laura Nakhla – Sasha Salmon – Ava Thompson – Preethie Jayaweera – Pamela Howe – Cheryl Clarke – Ceri Walford – Aferdita Syla – Alice Trueman, and Kamilka Malwatte. Nicola O'Connor attended on behalf of Red Rock Entertainment and TheWIFTS Founder & Executive Director Elspeth Tavares. Special Thanks to Aimee Anderson, the MC for the Honorees Luncheon 2016, which was held at The Mayfair Suite, Millennium Hotel, London UK.