WIFT-T Crystal Awards

At WIFT-T, we take pride in not only providing opportunities for women to rise in their careers, we also celebrate their accomplishments and moments of triumph.

The 2019 Crystal Awards will take place on December 3rd at Arcadian Court in Toronto. Tickets now on sale.

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Every year, since 1988, we’ve invited the community – our partners, supporters, and members – to join us in honouring the women and men who have paved the way in our industry. To date, more than 145 industry leaders have received a WIFT-T Crystal Award.

Want to join us in illuminating enterprising and barrier-breaking women in Canada's film, TV and digital media industry? Contact us today to inquire about sponsorship opportunities. We look forward to partnering with you!


WIFT-T Crystal Awards through the years (1988-2016)

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2019 Recipient: Mary Young Leckie, creative producer, Solo Productions

‍Past winners include: 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.


2019 Recipient: Kim Gibson, program consultant, Ontario Creates

Past winners include: 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. 


2019 Recipient: Esta Spalding, screenwriter, producer, showrunner

Past winners include: 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.


2019 Recipient: Alison Duke, co-founder, Oya Media Group

Past winners include: 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.


2019 Recipient: Tammy Frick. executive director, Cinefest Sudbury International Film Festival

‍Past winners include: 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.


2019 Recipient: maxine bailey, cultural maven and former vice-president, advancement, Toronto International Film Festival

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: Karen Thorne-Stone (Ontario Creates), Tonya Williams (ReelWorld Film Festival), Pat Ellingson (formerly, TVO), Susan Cavan (Accent Entertainment), and Trina McQueen (broadcasting industry pioneer).



Orientation: Monday, November 25, 2019 | 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Event: Tuesday, December 3, 2019 | 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM  

Seeking reliable and enthusiastic volunteers to assist with setup, execution and tear-down for WIFT-T's 2019 Crystal Awards! The Crystal Awards is WIFT-T's annual tribute to women working in the Canadian screen-based media industry, as well as the men who champion them. Join us and volunteer for this exciting gala and show your support for the arts! This is a great opportunity for students and industry professionals looking to get experience in a creative atmosphere and go behind-the-scenes of this extravagant event.

DEADLINE TO APPLY: Friday, November 15, 2019.

Please click here for the volunteer application form.

For media inquiries and interview requests, please contact:

Kadon Douglas, Communications & Engagement Manager

Women in Film & Television – Toronto (WIFT-T)

416-322-3430 ext. 226 |


Want to join us in illuminating enterprising and barrier-breaking women in Canada's film, TV and digital media industry? Contact us today to inquire about sponsorship opportunities. We look forward to partnering with you!

“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
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