Alliance for Women in Media Southern California Announce 2016 Genii Awards Honorees


Los Angeles — March 24, 2016 – Alliance for Women in Media Southern California (AWM SoCal) today announced the names of five filmmakers who will be honored at its 57th Annual Genii Awards on Thursday, May 5th at Digital Hollywood at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. The Awards acknowledge the notable achievements of excellence by women in media and entertainment.

“Our jurors had difficult choices to make since we had so many wonderful submissions from filmmakers all over the world,” said Minoti Vaishnav, AWM SoCal Events Director. “We extend our congratulations to the honorees and our appreciation to all the filmmakers that participated in this year’s competition.”

Film Awards will be given out in the following categories:

Best Narrative Short – Drama: Debris: Escombrosdirector Mary-Lyn Chambers
Cast: Isabella Luna, Martin Simone, Kate Nichols, Jaime Alvarez, Mariana Anaya, Rudy Casillas, Jake Jacobson, Julie Garnye and David Plascencia
Description: Caught in the gears of the 2014 US immigration crisis, twelve-year-old Ana arrives at an immigration detention center with her mute younger brother and a treasured music box. She soon finds that seeking safety will cost more than she bargained for.

Best Narrative Short – Comedy: Three Strikes, director Susan Davis
Cast: Heath McGough, Kevin Brunner, Windy Marshall, Janet Haley, Dustin Roller, Lisa Galer, Meghan Longenecker, Bill Carlton, Brooke Becker, Brittany Lauren Bower, Jesse Victor Rodriguez and Tony Garcia
Description: An ex-con with two strikes on him is trying to go legit but everyone around him seems to have other plans.

Best Documentary Short: Who Killed Eloa?director Livia Perez
Description: A critical analysis of the spectacularization of violence and television’s approach to cases of violence against women, revealing one of the reasons why Brazil has the fifth highest rate of murders of women in the world.

Best Short Script – Drama: Before the Bomb, writers Tannaz Hazemi and James Grimaldi
Description: When Child Services plans a visit that could separate ten-year-old Elsa from her brother, she takes matters into her own hands.

Best Short Script – Comedy: If I Don’t Lose, I’ll Lose, writer Jean St Clair
Description: Mabel Morgan is an award-winning deaf actress pressured to lose weight or risk losing her next role to rival Bella Lazari, who uses only basic sign language. The temptations are many. Will she succeed?

The film winners will receive two tickets to the event, where they will be honored with a trophy in recognition of their exceptional programming designed for, by or about women.

Other honorees announced earlier include: Nicole Boxer, Documentary Filmmaker (The Invisible War, The Hunting Ground) for the Excellence in Documentary Award; Christine Devine, Television News Anchor at Fox KTTV, for the Excellence in Journalism Award; Pat Prescott, On Air Personality for 94.7 The Wave, for the Excellence in Radio Award; Xanthe Wells, Former Chief Creative Officer at the Los Angeles boutique agency Pitch for the Excellence in Advertising Award; Sherry Brennan, SVP, Distribution Strategy & Development, Fox Networks Group for the Excellence in Management Award; Maggie Bellville, Vice President at Hitachi Consulting, for the Inspiration Award; and Annette Covarrubias, AWM SoCal’s Corresponding Secretary for the Executive Board of Directors and Digital Sales Planner at CBS Radio for the Rising Star Award.

Former Genii winner and former president of the ABC-Disney Television Group Anne Sweeney will present the Award to her longtime friend, Maggie Bellville.

For tickets, please visit awmsocalfoundation.org/tickets. Proceeds help fund the AWM SoCal scholarship program.

Sponsorships are available at awmsocalfoundation.org/sponsorships. Current sponsor is SAG-AFTRA.

For more information about Alliance for Women in Media Southern California, please visit awmsocal.org.

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