The NYWIFT Muse Awards in NY on December 10, 2015

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Photo used with permission for New York Women in Film & Television

Women in the film and television industry is a continuously growing thing and organizations like New York Women in Film and Television exists to keep the goals of these women of all ages empowered. As more young people enter film schools, there is a demand for professionals and mentors to be available to provide the resources needed to go to the next level.

On December 10, 2015, NYWIFT, which stands for New York Women in Film and Television led their annual Muse Awards. This year marked the 35th year for the annual event which is normally held at the NY Hilton hotel in their gran ballroom on 6th Avenue in Manhattan. Each year, the awards show honors women known for their outstanding vision and achievement in the film world.

 The Muse Awards 2015 honorees included actors Gabourey Sidibe, Blythe Danner and Patricia Clarkson, as well television executive Sarah Barnett, (President and General Manager, BBC America) and film executive Victoria Alonso, (Executive Vice President of Physical Production, Marvel Studios). In addition to these 5 awards, there was additional award to be given called Loreen Arbus Changemaker Award. This award was presented to Actress Lizz Winstead by Loreen Arbus.

CBS Commentator Nancy Giles was the emcee the afternoon events and each recipient delivered a hopeful and empowering speech to women in film and television. The 2015 awards ceremony was indeed a success as with previous years so there is no doubt that the 2016 programs will be on quite a few calendars s one of the must-attend events of the season. For more information about NYWIFT, visit their website.

 

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