BIRKS DIAMOND TRIBUTE TO THE YEAR’S WOMEN IN FILM IN PARTNERSHIP WITH TELEFILM CANADA (TIFF: Tue Sep. 12, 2017 @ The Spoke Club)

The Spoke Club hosted the 5th annual Telefilm Canada & Birks Diamond Tribute to the Year’s Women in Film that honours outstanding Canadian women for their contributions to film and TV during the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).

The 2017 honourees represent Canada’s rich talent and the diversity of our storytellers from coast-to-coast: directors Alethea Arnaquq-Baril (Angry Inuk), Ashley McKenzie (Werewolf), Catherine Bainbridge (Rumble), Chloé Leriche (Before the Streets), and Mina Shum (Meditation Park); actors Amanda Brugel (The Handmaid’s Tale), Ellen Wong (GLOW), Kawennáhere Devery Jacobs (Rhymes for Young Ghouls), Mylène Mackay (Nelly), and Shailyn Pierre-Dixon (The Book of Negroes); and screenwriters Joanne Arseneau (19-2) and Sherry White (Maudie). The red carpet also featured TIFF filmmakers and actors, and many of Canada’s most recognizable faces from film & TV.

The 12 Canadian female actors, directors, and screenwriters were selected by a pan-Canadian jury of 27 journalists and bloggers covering the world of art, culture and entertainment. This year’s group of women joined a diverse group of 50 past honourees which included: Alanis Obomsawin, Sarah Polley, Evelyne Brochu, Tatiana Maslany, Sarah Gadon, Jennifer Baichwal, Karine Vanasse, Deepa Mehta, Catherine O’Hara, Léa Pool, Sandra Oh, Caroline Dhavernas, Patricia Rozema, Emma Donoghue, among others.

About Telefilm Canada – Inspired by talent. Viewed everywhere and created in 1967, Telefilm is dedicated to the cultural, commercial and industrial success of Canada’s audiovisual industry. Through its various funding and promotion programs, Telefilm supports dynamic companies and creative talent here at home and around the world. Telefilm also makes recommendations regarding the certification of audiovisual treaty co-productions to the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, and administers the programs of the Canada Media Fund and the Talent Fund, a private donation initiative.

About Birks – Founded in 1879, Birks has over the years become one of Canada’s leading retailers, designers and manufacturers of high-end jewellery, watches, sterling and silver-plated silverware, as well as gifts. Birks Group is a leading operator of luxury jewellery stores in Canada and southeastern United States. The Company operates 26 stores under the Birks brand in most major metropolitan markets in Canada, 16 stores in Florida and Georgia under the Mayors brand, one store under the Rolex brand name and two retail locations in Calgary and Vancouver under the Brinkhaus brand.

We would like to thank Jennifer Rashwan, Director, Publicity and Promotions at Touchwood PR for this invitation