~ Creative Excellence Award ~
Jasmine Guy danced her way into the heart of America with at the start of her career with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York City. While in New York, Guy starred on Broadway in original productions of Beehive and Leader of the Pack as well as reprised hit productions of Grease, The Wiz and Chicago. After years on Broadway and touring the globe, Jasmine landed the pivotal role of “Whitley Gilbert” on The Cosby Show spinoff A Different World. She won six consecutive NAACP Image Awards for her portrayal of the pretentious but funny southern belle. Her other television performances include: Melrose Place, NYPD Blue, Fresh Prince of Bel Air and Living Single. Her most recent TV role as “Grams” on the popular series Vampire Diaries can be seen on the CW Network.Jennifer Brett
In addition to her impressive list on on-screen and on-stage cast mates, Guy has worked extensively in theater behind the scenes with Kenny Leon, Susan Booth, Andrea Frye and Pearl Cleage. She has starred in or directed many productions, including: For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf, Miss Evers' Boys, Blues for an Alabama Sky, The Colored Museum, The Fourposter, The Nacirema Society, Broke-ology and Fool For Love; her most recent theatrical projects include God of Carnage at Atlanta's Alliance Theatre, which is where she also directed the world premiere of the opera celebrating the life and journey of Martin Luther King, Jr. I Dream.
~ Individual Outstanding Contribution Award ~
Jennifer Brett is an accomplished journalist that has been keeping Atlanta in-the-know about what’s happening in the Atlanta entertainment industry for years. She shares her “insider information” via her Access Atlanta column, appropriately named The Buzz. Brett, a unique journalist, is known for dividing her attention equally to covering the major Hollywood studio films that are shooting in or have ties to Georgia as well as the independent productions that are shot here.
The Alliance Theatre
~ Organization Outstanding Contribution Award ~
The Alliance Theatre has become the lead producing theatre in the Southeast, creating the powerful experience of shared theatre for diverse people. They not only produce world-class work on stage, they also have one of the most successful and respected acting education programs in the country. The Alliance Theatre is a community of artists, administrators and business and civic leaders devoted to theatre arts and arts eduction. The people behind the Alliance Theatre include a dedicated staff , a generous volunteer Board of Directors and Advisory Board, and countless artists and instructors working to put the best theatre in the world on the stage every day.
Village Theatre is an improvisational comedy troupe that takes all of the material to fuel their stage performance from their audience. Since 2008, Village Theatre has been entertaining Atlantans (and even some Dora-Villians) with long and short form improv comedy multiple nights each week. Village Theatre's players bring experience from everywhere, including a spectrum of “day jobs,” that ranges from commercial real estate to medicine to law, and computery type things. All of this experience becomes fodder for spontaneous comedy. We’ve all gathered at the Village Theatre to improvise with a goal of always leaving our audiences wanting more.
WIFTA PSA Program - PSA Premiere
Julie Gribble is an actress and country singer. Her resume is packed with national TV guest appearances, tours and festival appearances and she is also the face of brands such as Hotel Indigo. In addition, Gribble has numerous TV/Film licensing on major network shows, an endorsement with Martin Guitars and a large supporting role in a Sony Pictures film. Best part about all of this? She did it all on her OWN! Gribble is proof that hard work generosity, and honesty do pay off, which is why she's a perfect performer for the 2013 WIFTA Gala & Awards Ceremony.
WIFTA, through its mentorship and PSA programs, generally creates at least one PSA for a deserving nonprofit each year. The Gala often serves as the inaugural public viewing of the PSA.
Student Scholarship Award Presentation
The recipient of this year’s Student Scholarship will be recognized along with our other honorees and awarded a check for $1,500 towards their education.
Silent Auction fundraiser
The Gala Silent Auction is WIFTA’s largest fundraising event of the year. The proceeds of which enable us to continue to provide exceptional educational programming, networking opportunities and professional resources in support of women in film and television throughout the year. Funds are also raised through sponsorships and a portion of the event’s ticket sales.
Past Gala Honorees
Jane Fonda* Producer, Activist & 2x Academy Award Winning Actress
Julia Roberts* Academy Award Winning Actress
Bonnie Arnold* Animation Film Producer, Toy Story; Associate Producer, Dances with Wolves
Patricia Neal Academy Award, BAFTA, Tony & Golden Globe Award Winning Actress
Grace Zabriskie Actress, Fried Green Tomatoes & TV’s Twin Peaks
Terry Tingle* Senior VP, Turner Entertainment
Vivian Jones* Executive Producer Karmavision Films
Michael Parver* CEO, Michael Parver & Associates Motion Picture Advertising & PR Firm
Rebecca Chase ABC News Correspondent
Monica Kaufman* 1st African American & 1st Woman News Anchor in Atlanta
Shay Bentley Griffin* Emmy Award Winning Casting Director
Lydia Dean Pilcher Producer, Iron Jawed Angels & The Namesake
Brenda Hampton* Creator/Producer TV’s 7th Heaven & Fat Actress
Kay Hallahan* Writer/Founding Member of WIFTI
Deidre McDonald* Emmy Award Winning Producer & Educator
Debra Martin Chase Famed Producer, Princess Diaries & The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
Creative Excellence Award
Julie Dash Director Daughters of the Dust 1st Feature Film theatrically distributed by an African American Woman, Outstanding Achievement Award
Maria Fleet* Producer & Cinematographer Outstanding Contribution Award
Fran Burst Terranella* Award Winning Director & Producer Outstanding Contribution Award
Kathleen Fitch* Vice President Post Production, Crawford Communications
Myrna Moore* Emmy Award Winning Producer & Host, Turner Broadcasting
Annette Stillwell* Casting Director & CFO of Stillwell Casting
Melissa Goodman* Executive Director of SAG/AFTRA, Outstanding Contribution Award
James Ivory Award Winning Director, Merchant Ivory Films, Lifetime Achievement Award
Suzan Satterfield* Emmy Nominated Filmmaker, Outstanding Achievement
Elisabeth & Afemo Omilami* Actors & Activists; Directors of Hosea Feed the Hungry, Humanitarian Award
Tracy Martin* Award-Winning Filmmaker & Creator of The Woman’s Angle, Woman to Watch Award
Eleanor Ringel* Acclaimed Film Critic, Creative Excellence
Janet Tiller* Account Manager, Eastman Kodak, Outstanding Contribution
Bailey Barash* Award Winning Documentary Filmmaker & Producer
Angi Bones* & Dianne Ashford* Creators & Founders of Symmetry Entertainment
Crystle Clear Roberson* Award Winning Filmmaker & PSA Director
Rhonda Barrymore* Motion & Still Picture Make-up Artist & Founder of Help Me Rhonda Cosmetics
Teresa Dickey* Vice President & General Manager of Cinema Concepts
Cheryl Dunye Award Winning Director & Writer