Women's Film and Television Awards Move to Toronto, Change Format

By Carla Warrilow December 13, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

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On Saturday, December 3, the Women’s International Film and Television Showcase honoured influential and inspiring women at the International Visionary Awards ceremony for 300 guests at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. This was the first time the annual ceremony was held outside of Los Angeles, and the organization plans to continue expanding internationally, hosting the awards in different countries every year.

Co-produced by sponsor Elizabeth Grant International Inc., the event recognizes inspiring women in the film and television industry. “There is an industry and there is a business behind [film and television]. It’s not just all about the glitz and glamour,” said Margot Grant Witz, vice president of creative global direction at Elizabeth Grant International, who helped to produce the event. The program also presents honourary awards to women who make significant contributions in business and world politics.

This was the first time that the Visionary Awards were hosted in a theatre space. Producers made ample use of the screen, and each honouree was introduced with film clips that showcased their work. Also new this year was the addition of a pre-awards reception.

“We made it more of an event,” said Grant Witz. Guests arrived at 1 p.m. for the reception, where drinks and canapés from Oliver & Bonacini were served. The awards ceremony continued from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m.

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