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DEC 1st 2012
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Visionary Women & Women Filmmakers Recognized at TheWIFTS Foundation International Visionary Awards Closing Night Event on December 4 at the Andaz Hotel in West Hollywood

Los Angeles – Visionary Women and Women Filmmakers from around the globe were recognized during The Women’s International Film & Television Showcase - TheWIFTS Foundation International Visionary Awards at the Andaz Hotel in West Hollywood on December 4.

The Women’s International Film & Television Showcase – TheWIFTS Foundation honored the following women during the evening: Tegla Loroupe (Dove Award), Betty Makoni (Humanitarian Award), Elizabeth Grant (Lifetime Achievement Award), Nancy Kwan (Lifetime Tribute Award), Christina Jennings (TV Pioneer Award), Shohreh Aghdashloo (Humanitarian Award), Irshad Manji (Visionary Award), Georgia Jeffries (Screenwriter Award), Nancy Carter (Entrepreneur Award), Ruth Carter (Costume Design Award), Magda Rod (Gaea Award), Judy Irola (Cinematographer Award), and Mary McGuckian (Career Achievement Award).

The Women's International Film & Television Showcase, TheWIFTS Foundation International Visionary Awards – in its second year screened 14 films and 16 shorts from 11 countries at the New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles. 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. http://www.thewifts.org/Films.php http://www.thewifts.org/DocumentaryShorts.php http://www.thewifts.org/Documentary_Day.php

Films participating in this year's line-up were “The Stoning of Soraya M, and "We are Half"” from Iran; To Whom it May Concern: Ka Shen’s Journey, and "Tapestries of Hope" from the USA; "Native Dancer" from Kazakhstan; "Sidewalk Sisters" and "The Shore", from Turkey; “Ragtale,” “Intervention,” and “Inconceivable” (Mary McGuckian’s Trilogy); "When Clouds Clear" from Ecuador; “French Film” from the UK; “Madri” and “The Man Who Loves” from Italy; and "Orgasm" from The UK. http://www.thewifts.org/SpecialScreening.php; http://www.thewifts.org/Opening_Night.php

The winners are:
• Adrienne Fancey Best Film Award was awarded to Native Dancer
• Best Director was awarded to Guka Omarova for Native Dancer
• Best Actor was awarded to Neisipkul Omarbekova for her portrayal of Aidai in Native Dancer
• Best Documentary was awarded to Tapestries of Hope
• Best Documentary Director was awarded to Michealene Cristini Risley for Tapestries of Hope
• Best Short Film was awarded to Emma Rozanski for The Storymaker
• The Jury Award was awarded to We Are Half of Iran’s Population
• The Diversity Award was awarded to Madri
• Elizabeth Grant Entrepreneur Award was awarded to Nancy Carter
• The Special Jury Mention for Achievement was awarded to The Stoning of Soraya M.
• Actress Jacqueline Bisset presented Shohreh Aghdashloo the Humanitarian Award
• Actor Shawn Ashmore presented Christina Jennings the Television Pioneer Award
• Actress Amanda Plummer presented Mary McGuckian the Career Achievement Award
• Dr. Wenwa Akinyi Odinga Oranga Kenyan Consul General presented Tegla Loroupe the Dove Peace Award
• LA City Councilwoman Jan Perry presented Betty Makoni the Humanitarian Award
• Director Brian Jamieson presented Nancy Kwan the Lifetime Tribute Award • Award Winning Documentary Filmmaker Donna Deitch presented Irshad Manji the Humanitarian Award
• Writer/Director Jesus Trevino presented Judy Irola the Cinematographer Award
• Canadian Actress Thea Andrews presented Elizabeth Grant the Lifetime Achievement • Award
• Writer/Producer Toni Graphia presented Georgia Jeffries the Screenwriter Award
• Eco Clothing Designer Linda Loudermilk, presented Magda Rod the Gaea • Environment Award
• CEO and Philanthropist Elizabeth Grant presented Business Owner Nancy Carter the Elizabeth Grant Entrepreneur Award
• Actress Jennifer Tilly was there in support of the honorees at TheWIFTS

L. A. Times Columnist Patt Morrison chaired the jury for TheWIFTS. Other jury members included: Producer Brian Jamieson; Producer/Director Philippe Mora; Actress/Screenwriter/Director/Producer Kamala Lopez; and Actress Julie Carmen.

TheWIFTS Founder Elspeth Tavares says, “We are extremely pleased with the success of this year’s event. TheWIFTS Foundation recognizes outstanding women from around the world who are making a vast difference, so we’re excited about the possibilities for next year’s event.”

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

Elspeth Tavares is the Creator of TheWIFTS: Commerce & Creativity – Passion & Integrity, on which the fiscal infrastructure of TheWIFTS Foundation is built.

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