We had the honour of attending the 2013 Crystal Awards Gala where we had the chance to interview award recipients Mia Kirshner and Semi Chellas, as well as event host Wendy Crewson.
WIFT-T’s Crystal Awards began in 1988 with the simple goal of promoting and celebrating the achievements of Canadian women and men in the world of film, television, and digital media. Since its inception, over 120 industry leaders have received the coveted award. The luncheon itself serves as one of the biggest fundraising events by the organization, raising funds for the Foundation, which in turn fuels the growth of industry professionals via bursaries and other programs.
The 26th annual event took place at Arcadian Court with the who’s who of the Canadian film and television in attendance. This year, the following people were recognized and honoured for their contributions to the industry:
Mia Kirshner (Actress and Philanthropist) – International Achievement Award
Semi Chellas (Director/Producer/Screenwriter) – Creative Excellence Award
Lalita Krishna (Director/Producer/Writer) – Mentorship Award
Margaret O’Brien (President, Canada and COO, Entertainment One Television) – Outstanding Achievement in Business Award
Sheila Hockin (Producer) – Special Jury Award of Distinction