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THE WOMEN’S INTERNATIONAL FILM & TELEVISION SHOWCASE (TheWIFTS FOUNDATION) TO HONOR CNN HERO BETTY MAKONI WITH THE HUMANITARIAN AWARD

Los Angeles, CA – CNN Hero Betty Makoni will receive the Humanitarian Award at the second annual awards event for The Women’s International Film & Television Showcase (TheWIFTS Foundation) event at the Andaz Hotel on Friday, December 4, 2009.

The Women's International Film & Television Showcase, TheWIFTS Foundation International Visionary Awards – in its second year is screening 14 films and 16 shorts from 11 countries. TheWIFTS screens films and documentaries celebrating the talent and accomplishments of women in the film and television industry worldwide that brings together women from all walks of life through the Art of Film & Television, the 21st Century Visual Communicator.

A former Zimbabwe schoolteacher, Makoni is helping tens of thousands of girls in her country fight back against sexual exploitation, poverty and violence through a supportive network of school-based clubs that empower girls to attend school and resist attitudes that condone abuse of females. She started the Girl Child Network with six girls in 1998. Since then, it has served 35,000 girls of all ages, many of them who have become doctors, lawyers, teachers and other professionals. The program is now being replicated in diverse countries, including Canada, South Africa, Swaziland, Sweden and the United States.

She was honored as a one of CNN’s Top 10 Heros of 2009. In 2007 she won the 2007 World Children's Prize for the Rights of the Child, was featured in last year's book Women Who Light the Dark (PowerHouse Books), received the 2008 Ginetta Sagan Award from Amnesty International and in April 2009 was honored by the Dalai Lama as an Unsung Hero of Compassion.

Betty Makoni will be awarded a Humanitarian Award at The Women’s International Film & Television Showcase second annual event on Friday, December 4, 2009.

To embrace its ethos, TheWIFTS Foundation International Visionary Awards honors ‘women as individuals’. This year’s Honorees include: Elizabeth Grant – Lifetime Achievement Award; Nancy Kwan – Lifetime Tribute Award; Tegla Loroupe –Dove Award; Shohreh Aghdashloo - Humanitarian Award; Betty Makoni -Humanitarian Award; Mary McGuckian – Career Achievement Award; Nancy Carter – The Elizabeth Grant Entrepreneur Award; Christina Jennings – Television Pioneer Award; Ruth Carter – Costume Design Award; Irshad Manji – Visionary Award; Georgia Jeffries – Screenwriter Award; Judy Irola – Cinematographer Award; and Magda Rod – Gaea Environment Award. http://www.thewifts.org/2009_Honorees.php

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French Designer and world’s oldest porcelain maker collaborate on sculpture award for The Women’s International Film and Television Showcase.

Founding Sponsors of TheWIFTS Foundation 2009 include Pillivuyt (Fabricators of TheWIFTS Awards); Patrick Moulin (Designer of TheWIFTS Award); Jean Claude Novaro (Designer of The Visionary Award); Elizabeth Grant of Elizabeth Grant, Inc. (The Elizabeth Grant Entrepreneur Award); Adrienne Fancey (The Adrienne Fancey Best Film Award); Parfums M. Micallef; Award-Winning Jewelry Designer Barbara Tipple, who in 2009 takes over Named Sponsorship of Best Actress Award; Hotel Palomar Westwood; (Hotel Sponsor 2008-09); Andaz Hotel (Hotel Sponsor 2009); and The City of West Hollywood Marketing & Visitors Bureau.

Elspeth Tavares is the Creator of TheWIFTS: Commerce & Creativity Passion & Integrity, on which the fiscal infrastructure of TheWIFTS Foundation is built. TheWIFTS Foundation embraces Equality Not Hierarchy

For more information contact either Sandi Craig, Public Relations at 818.248.5210 or e-mail sandi@thewifts.org -- Website: http://www.thewifts.org/Press_Releases.php or Elspeth Tavares, Founder of The Women’s International Film & Television Showcase at 323.935.8228.

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