At WIFT Toronto, we take pride in not only providing opportunities for women to rise in their careers, but also in celebrating their accomplishments and moments of triumph.
The 34th annual Crystal Awards Gala award ceremony is tentatively set to take place on Wednesday December 1. We are hopeful that this year we will be able to have an in-person luncheon event at the Arcadian Court in downtown Toronto, but that is yet to be confirmed. Whether in-person or virtual the show will go on and it will be spectacular!
Our annual celebration, honouring women's excellence in the screen-based media industry took place on Tuesday December 1, 2020. We were unfortunately unable to come together physically as we usually do, but we still managed to put on the most glamorous virtual awards ceremony of the year.
Our 2020 Crystal Award winners are:
Creative Excellence Award sponsored by Entertainment One: MARSHA GREENE, Showrunner, Television Writer, Executive Producer
Digital Trailblazer Award: SUE HAAS, VP of Digital Media at Blue Ant Media
Mentorship Award sponsored by Entertainment One: JENNIFER KAWAJA, Producer and Co-President of Sienna Films
Outstanding Achievement in Business sponsored by Company 3: BETH JANSON, CEO at The Academy Of Canadian Cinema & Television
Special Jury Award of Distinction Sponsored by Bell Media Studios: MARCI IEN, Previous Co-Host on CTV'S The Social and current Liberal MP for Toronto Centre.
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Past winners include: Marsha Greene, Mary Young Leckie, Edwina Follows, Mary Harron, Michelle Crespi, Christina Piovesan, Sally Catto, Semi Chellas, Tara Ellis, Julie Bristow, Shelley Saywell, Tassie Cameron.
Presented to a woman in recognition of dynamic quality of her work in screen-based media. Her recent work has gained national and/or international attention in the previous year, and has established a standard for those working in the industry.
Past winners include: Sue Haas, Kim Gibson, Deb Day, Diane Williamson, Barbara Bailie, Lucie Lalumière.
Presented to a woman in recognition of her significant contributions to Canada's digital and interactive media industry, as demonstrated by her creativity and leadership—including but not limited to, idea generation, content creation, distribution, technology, audience engagement, and funding models.
Past winners include: Esta Spalding, Anne Dorval, Mia Kirshner, Sarah Gadon, Samantha Bee, Shirley Douglas, Catherine O'Hara, and Sandra Oh.
Presented to a woman in recognition of her significant and well-renowned body of work in Canada and abroad.
Past winners include: Jennifer Kawaja, Alison Duke, Zoe Dirse, Karen Walton, Deborah Osborne, Ken Dhaliwal, Corrie Coe, Jay Switzer, Lalita Krishna, Susan Ross, Carol Whiteman, Lesley Harrison, Lisa Meeches.
Presented to a woman or man who has made an outstanding contribution to the building of women's careers in the screen-based media industry. She or he vocally supports the advancement of women, offers guidance and support to emerging professionals, and assists women entrepreneurs in growing their own companies.
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN BUSINESS
Past winners include: Beth Janson, Tammy Frick, Grace Carnale-Davis, Mary Bredin, Tracey Pearce, Lisa Olfman, Joy Rosen, Barbara Bowlby, Margaret O'Brien, Anne Marie La Traverse, Noreen Halpern.
Presented to a woman who—through the consistent quality of her work—has made a major contribution to the screen-based media industry as a leader in enterprise development. She has built a culture of excellence; inspiring her colleagues to push the boundaries of innovation.
SPECIAL JURY AWARD OF DISTINCTION
This award is distributed at the discretion of the jury. The Special Jury Award of Distinction is presented to a woman who has built a legacy as a ground-breaking force in our industry and whose life's work is dedicated to building a vibrant, diverse, and active creative community.
Past winners include: Marci Ien, maxine bailey, Karen Thorne-Stone (Ontario Creates), Tonya Williams (ReelWorld Film Festival), Pat Ellingson (formerly, TVO), Susan Cavan (Accent Entertainment), and Trina McQueen (broadcasting industry pioneer).
WIFT Toronto Members are invited to nominate exceptional leaders in their sphere who have a minimum of 10 years of experience in the screen-based industry, for a 2021 Crystal Award.
Crystal Award winners are selected by an independent jury of past Crystal Award recipients (see link above). Please review this list before submitting your nomination. Previous winners can be nominated again; however, preference will be given to first-time nominees (recipients within the past five years are not eligible).
NOMINEE ELIGIBILITY CHECKLIST
· Canadian Citizen, Landed Immigrant, or Permanent Resident
· Minimum 10 years in the screen-based industry (film, television and/or digital media)
· Current WIFT Toronto Board Members are not eligible for nomination
· Recipients within the past five years are not eligible for nomination
· Does not need to be a WIFT Toronto Member
NOTE You must be a WIFT Toronto member in good standing to nominate an individual for a Crystal Award; however, the person being nominated does not have to be a current WIFT Toronto member. Candidates may only be nominated in one category.
“The Crystal Awards creates a wonderful opportunity to recognize women and their accomplishments, as well as inspire others. I was deeply honoured to be the recipient of the inaugural Digital Trailblazer Crystal Award.”
~Lucie Lalumière, Founder & Principal, Lalumière Media