Mina Shum, Claude Joli-Coeur Receive Spotlight Awards from WIFTV

Claude Joli-Coeur and Mina Shum at the WIFTV awards.
Photo by Livio Maynard, courtesy of the National Film Board of Canada (NFB)

By Pat Mullen

Two members of the doc community received Spotlight Awards last night from Women in Film + Television Vancouver (WIFTV). NFB Chairperson Claude Joli-Coeur and filmmaker Mina Shum, who recently directed the NFB feature documentary Ninth Floor were honoured for their efforts in furthering the achievements of women in Canada’s screen-based media sectors.

Joli-Coeur received the Please Adjust Your Set Award, which honours a person or organization that has made a major contribution to promote gender equality in film, television or screen based media. NFB initiatives under Joli-Coeur’s leadership include the recent commitment to gender parity in film production and a promise to allocate fifty percent of production budgets to films directed by women. NFB films directed by female filmmakers recently dominated Hot Docs, with Alethea Arnaquq-Baril’s Angry Inuk winning the Audience Award and Tiffany Hsiung’s The Apology netting the runner-up spot.

Shum recently repped female filmmakers at the NFB with her TIFF 2015 premiere Ninth Floor, which went one to become one of three docs selected for Canada’s Top Ten. Shum received the FinalĂ© Artistic Achievement Award, which honours a screen-based media artist who has created an outstanding recent work or a significant body of work. Shum’s additional credits include the drama Double Happiness (1994) and the found footage film All (2011). Ninth Floor is now available on iTunes and from the NFB.

Additional winners at the event included Rachel Talalay, Gigi Saul Guerrero, Walter Daroshin, Emily Yakashiro, and Katharine Montagu.

Congratulations to DGC Director Mina Shum for winning the Artistic Achievement Award at the 2016 #WIFT #Vancouver Spotlight Awards! This award is honoured to a screen-based media artist who has created an outstanding recent work or a significant body of work. Shum's latest film NINITH FLOOR has allowed her to creatively engage with the #racism she experienced in her own childhood. We are very proud of Mina for this powerful recognition! #DGCTalent #documentary #film #womeninfilm #filmmaking #filmcommunity #canada #spotlight #awards

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