Celine Dion, Cher, Lady Gaga, and other personalities were on stage at the Women in Film + TV Vancouver Spotlight Gala Awards at Performance Works on Granville Island. So alright, perhaps those weren’t exactly the REAL singing divas — it was, in fact, comedian and impersonator Tracey Bell. But the audience didn’t mind as they laughed, danced, and sang along. In between, Tracey’s numerous endearing personas presented the awards to some remarkable women. Amongst them was First Weekend Club’s Founder Anita Adams, who was the recipient of the Teamsters 155 Woman of the Year Award. The award is presented to an industry leader who has achieved significant success and who has created opportunities for other women in the industry.
Other recipients of the annual Spotlight Awards included actor Camille Sullivan (The Birdwatcher); and Indigenous filmmakers Marie Clements and Loretta Todd. Other winners are: Angie Nolan, Nadia DiMofte, Kim Guise, Arielle Boisvert, Jody Wilson, Anaïsa Visser, Amanda Burke, and Anna Serner.
Each award recipient made a speech and shared their own experiences, stories, and hopes for the future. We captured our founder’s acceptance speech on video, which you can watch here.
The event was possible due to the support of the local film industry and community, so it’s only fair to mention them here: DGC-BC, Teamsters 155, UBCP/ACTRA, Finalé, Bron, Please Adjust Your Set, Thunderbird Entertainment, Troika, Capilano University, Matrix, Please Adjust Your Set, Line 21, and Wendy D Photography — who provided each winner with a portrait capturing them.
Women In Film & Television Vancouver (WIFT-V) is an internationally affiliated not-for-profit society committed to advancing, celebrating and promoting the artistic practice and careers of women working in screen-based media.