WIFT-T announces Crystal Awards winners

To recognize the achievements of women in screen-based media, Women in Film & Television - Toronto (WIFT-T) has announced a trio of winners for its 2010 Crystal Awards.
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To recognize the achievements of women in screen-based media, Women in Film & Television – Toronto (WIFT-T) has announced a trio of winners for its 2010 Crystal Awards.

Taking home the Outstanding Achievement Award is co-president and co-founder of Maple Pictures Laurie May, for her overall contribution to the industry.

Bishari Films president and documentary filmmaker Shelley Saywell has been honored with the Creative Excellence Award, and Lesley Harrison, president of Harrison Artist Management will be given the Mentorship Award for her work in building women’s careers in the industry.

“This year, the jury chose a documentary maker with a focus on difficult social justice issues, an agent who consistently champions and mentors women writers, and an entrepreneur who continues to blaze trails during a very daunting time in the screen-based industry,” says Sadia Zaman, WIFT-T executive director in a statement.

This year’s jury included Tassie Cameron, Kit Redmond, Ana Serrano and Barb Williams.

The winners will be honored at the 2010 Crystal Awards Gala Luncheon on December 6 in Toronto.