April 18, 2018

Reem Morsi, Christina Ienna win big at 9th Annual WIFT-T Showcase

Another phenomenal night of celebrating great content and enormous talent. Congratulations to our award winners and all participating members!

It’s been an incredible year for women in our industry. We continue to stand in our truth, shake things up, smash ceilings, and create art that resonates deeply.

The seven projects screened at the 9th annual WIFT-T Showcase illustrated the strength of diversity, and breadth of imagination in our community. To our members, thank you for creating bravely and sharing your work with us.

We would also like to thank our Presenting Partner: Urban Post Production; Supporting Partner: Sim International; and Event Partner: Deluxe Toronto.

Last night, we had the honour of presenting three awards of excellence: Best Screenplay, Best of Showcase, and Audience Choice.

Best Screenplay

Supported by the Toronto Screenwriting Conference, CBC, Foundation for WIFT-T, and Hollywood Suite.

WINNER: The Door, written by Kaveh Mohebbi and Reem Morsi

HONOURABLE MENTION: Jessica Jessica, written by Jessica Greco; submitted by Jessica Hinkson

The winner of the Best Screenplay Award received: a complimentary pass to the 2018 Toronto Screenwriting Conference; a copy of Final Draft Pro; a day in the writer’s room of CBC's new original comedy series Little Dog, as well as a $2,000 cash prize from the Foundation for WIFT-T made possible through a donation by Hollywood Suite.

Best of Showcase

Supported by Deluxe Toronto, Mongrel Media, Foundation for WIFT-T and Hollywood Suite.

WINNER: Handmade Film, directed and produced by Christina Ienna

HONOURABLE MENTION: Take a Walk on the Wildside, directed by Lisa Rideout; submitted by Lauren Grant 

The winner of the Best of Showcase Award received: access to postproduction services valued at $2,500 from Deluxe Toronto; a meeting with Andrew Frank, Vice President, Sales and Acquisitions at Mongrel Media; and a $2,000 cash prize from the Foundation for WIFT-T made possible by a donation from Hollywood Suite.

Audience Choice

Supported by Dazmo Camera, Dufferin Gate Studios, the Foundation for WIFT-T, and Hollywood Suite.

WINNER: The Door, directed by Reem Morsi; produced by Heidi Tan

The winner of the Audience Choice Award received: an equipment rental voucher from Dazmo Camera, valued at $2,500; a studio rental voucher valued at $3,000 from Dufferin Gate Studios; and a cash prize of $1,000 from the Foundation for WIFT-T made possible by a donation from Hollywood Suite.

The Best Screenplay and Best of Showcase award winners were decided upon by our volunteer Showcase Selection Committee, comprised of twelve WIFT-T members.

Our thanks to our volunteers, staff, board and everyone who showed up to support and champion women's voices. We look forward to your presence next year!

Nourish your spirit with more stories of WIFT-T and women in action:
2019 WIFT-T Showcase: Cera Ziegler (Learn to Swim)
Marni Van Dyk’s beautiful and subtle script is vividly brought to life by producer Cera Ziegler and director Thyrone Tommy, with nuanced performances by Thomas Olijade, Humberly Gonzalez and Allegra Fulton.
2019 WIFT-T Showcase: Chrisann Hessing (Turning Tables)
Rising documentary director, Chrisann Hessing's Turning Tables is a vibrant and energetic documentary that chronicles the creativity of Joshua DePerry (aka Classic Roots) as he combines Indigenous sounds and dance with modern techno and house music.
2019 WIFT-T Showcase: Rachel Cairns (Street Series)
Multi-hyphenate content creator and actress, Rachel Cairns, brings her hilarious and refreshing web series, Street Series, to our 10th annual WIFT-T Showcase.