Tue. Aug 9th, 2022

Last week, WIF (Women In Film, Los Angeles) celebrated outstanding women changing the entertainment industry for the better with 2021 WIF Awards: Trailblazers of the New Normal sponsored by sponsor Max Mara for 18 years along with Visionary Partners ShivHans Pictures and Lexus.

Jane Fonda accepts the Jane Fonda Humanitarian Award
Jane Fonda accepts the Jane Fonda Humanitarian Award
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The annual benefit supports WIF’s educational and philanthropic programs and its advocacy for equality between women and women throughout the industry. The evening, hosted by comedian Jenny Yang, was held at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles.

The year’s WIF Honors recognized the transformative work needed to make the entertainment industry more inclusive and equitable, and celebrated the collective efforts of this year’s honorary members to improve our world and our business. 2021 WIF Awards: Trailblazers of the New Normal honored Jane Fonda with the inaugural Jane Fonda Humanitarian Award presented to her by RuPaul Charles; Marlee Matlin and Siân Heder with the Crystal Award awarded to them by Lauren Ridloff; Jean Smart and Hannah Einbinder with the Crystal Award presented to them by Carl Clemons-Hopkins; and Zendaya and Ashley Levinson with the Crystal Award presented to them by John David Washington. Zazie Beetz was honored with WIF Max Mara Face of the Future Award at an exclusive Max Mara dinner and participated in the Max Mara Spring / Summer 2022 Fashion Show in Milan, Italy on September 23, 2021.

During the gala, WIF Chief Executive Officer Kirsten Schaffer introduced a video of Max Mara honoring Zazie Beetz WIF Max Mara Face of the Future Award® at an exclusive Max Mara dinner in Milan, Italy on September 23, 2021.

Beasters included Amy Baer (WIF Chairman of the Board), Kirsten Schaffer (WIF Manager), Lake Bell (director, writer and actor), Shivani Rawat (producer, The Ice Road) and more.

Event highlights:

  • During her opening speech, host Jenny Yang said, “It’s 2021. To be a woman is to have a story worth telling. To be a woman is to have a voice that is worth hearing. We are worthy, we are powerful. ”
  • Zendaya, when receiving the Crystal Award, said: “When you open the door, your job is to open the door and open it for other people to enter. I urge everyone in any position of power to give people opportunities, to show that “They can do what they do. Give them time to shine, give them a moment, because that’s all it really takes – and let them network and meet other people and be in space and space and get paid.”
  • Marlee Matlin, when she received the Crystal Award, said: “Authenticity is so important these days. It’s time for it to happen now, now, now. ”
  • Jean Smart, when he received the Crystal Award, said: “I believe that women in positions of power are the healthier ones. They do not feel they have that much to prove. It’s not so much about their ego as it is about just wanting to do what they love. “Hannah Einbinder agreed with Smart and said, ‘It’s incredible because we were so lucky to work with women who are as egoless as they are talented.’
  • When Jane Fonda accepted the inaugural Jane Fonda Humanitarian Award, she said: “I think this award is a torch that will be presented annually to new generations of activists who I hope will do a better job than my generation did.”
  • On stage Kirsten Schaffer, WIF Manager said: “Imagine an entertainment industry where the threshold simply treats people well. From our daily interactions to our corporate policies, it is possible to have compassion and expertise. ”
  • Jean Smart, Marlee Matlin, Hannah Einbinder, Siân Heder and Jenny Yang arrived dressed in Max Mara.
  • Lexus showcased the 2021 LC21 Cabriolet and an interactive speed camera that guests can enjoy.

That WIF The Honors Committee, chaired by Esther Chang, consists of Jamila Hunter, Michelle Lee, Monica Levinson, Talitha Watkins and Lauren Williams. That WIF Awards were supported by sponsor Max Mara for the 18th year along with Visionary Partners ShivHans Pictures and Lexus and Major Partners Google, Apple TV + and STARZ. The event was designed and produced by Carleen Cappelletti of Anchor Street Collective.

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