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.

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The 2019 Crystal Awards will take place on December 3rd.

Nomination period opens on May 21, 2019. Call for nominations closes at 5:00 pm EDT, August 9.


2018 Recipient: Edwina Follows, General Manager, Discovery Networks

‍Past winners include: 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.


2018 Recipient: Deb Day, CEO & Chief Strategist, Innovate By Day

Past winners include: 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: 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.


2018 Recipient: Zoe Dirse, CSC, Director of Photography

Past winners include: 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.


2018 Recipient: Grace Carnale-Davis, VP, Sales & Client Service, Technicolor

‍Past winners include: 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.


2018 Recipient: Karen Thorne-Stone, President & CEO, Ontario Creates

Please note: An additional award may be 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: Tonya Williams (ReelWorld Film Festival), Pat Ellingson (formerly, TVO), Susan Cavan (Accent Entertainment), and Trina McQueen (broadcasting industry pioneer).

Want to recognize someone with a 2019 WIFT-T Crystal Award?

Complete a nomination form.

Nominee Eligibility:

  • Canadian citizen, landed immigrant, or permanent resident
  • Minimum 10 years' experience in the screen-based media industry (film, television and/or digital media)

Please note:

  • You must be a WIFT-T 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-T Member.
  • Candidates may only be nominated in one category. Please do not select multiple categories.
  • Current WIFT-T board members are not eligible for nomination.

Supporting Documents:

  • Maximum one page summary of the nominee's three (3) most significant contributions to the screen-based media industry—film, television, and/or digital media.
  • Maximum 500-word bio of nominee.
  • Additional supporting documents for Mentorship Award category ONLY: Minimum two (2) personal testimonial letters outlining the impact of the nominee on the individual's career development.

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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