On June 20, Women in Film + Television Vancouver (WIFTV) presented their annual Spotlight Awards. The awards recognize local individuals who have made significant contributions to the progress of women in screen-based industries in Canada.
This year's Spotlight Award winners include:
- Thunderbird Entertainment/Lark Productions Woman of the Year (presented to an industry leader who has achieved significant success and who has created opportunities for other women in the industry): Liz Shorten
- DGC BC Artistic Achievement Award (honours a screen-based media artist who has created an outstanding recent work or a significant body of work): Tara Armstrong
- Please Adjust Your Set (honours a person or organization that has made a major contribution to promoting gender equality in film, television or screen-based media): Valerie Creighton, Heather Conway and Carolle Brabant
- Teamsters Innovation Award (honours a key creator of a recent production or body of work that exemplifies vision, experimentation, and innovation): Maja Aro
- Capilano University Film Centre Leadership in Education Award (presented to a screen-industry teacher who has demonstrated a commitment to creating opportunities for and sharing expertise with female students within an academic or professional development context): Karin Lee
- The Wayne Black Service Award (honours a major contributor to the screen-based media community while working behind the scenes): Meg Thornton
For more information about the Spotlight Award winners, check out The Georgia Straight's coverage of the awards.