WIFTS Awards honour Alanis Obomsawin, Jordan Canning

The filmmakers will be recognized at the Women's International Film Television Showcase Visionary Awards in L.A. this weekend.
Copied from Realscreen - Alanis Obomsawin (Photo: Linda Dawn Hammond)

Canadian women in entertainment are to be recognized at the Women’s International Film Television Showcase (WIFTS) Foundation International Visionary Awards in Los Angeles this week.

Veteran documentary maker Alanis Obomsawin is to receive a lifetime achievement award for documenting the lives of Canadian First Nations peoples.

And Jordan Canning is to receive a best short film award for her accomplishments in the short form.

Canning is best known for shorts like Countdown and Not Over Easy, which have played at festivals worldwide.

And singer-songwriter Ta’Kaiya Blaney is to receive a technical award for supporting First Nations through her use of TV, radio and the internet.

Blaney, from B.C.’s Sliammon Nation, is being recognized for campaigning against the devastation of the province’s coastal waters by tanker traffic, and for the “judicious use of Mother Earth’s gifts,” according to WIFTS.

The Canadians, and 22 other women from around the world, will be recognized at an honorees event in West Hollywood on Dec. 6, 2013.

Obomsawin is also set to receive the Humanitarian Award (Film & TV) at the 2014 Canadian Screen Awards, held March 9 in Toronto.