25 Mar 2016 7:30 PM | Anonymous
"We extend our congratulations to the honorees and our appreciation to all the filmmakers that participated in this year's competition."

Los Angeles -- March 2016 - Alliance for Women in Media Southern California Foundation ( AWM SoCal Foundation) 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:

Cast: Isabella Luna, Martin Simone, Kate Nichols, Jaime Alvarez, Mariana Anaya, Rudy Casillas, Jake Jacobson, Julie Garnye and David Plascencia  

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.

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

An ex-con with two strikes on him is trying to go legit but everyone around him seems to have other plans.

Director: Livia Perez

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.

Writers: Tannaz Hazemi and James Grimaldi

When Child Services plans a visit that could separate ten-year-old Elsa from her brother, she takes matters into her own hands.

Writer: Jean St Clair 

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 AwardChristine Devine, Television News Anchor at Fox KTTV, for the Excellence in Journalism AwardPat Prescott, On Air Personality for 94.7 The Wave, for the Excellence in Radio AwardXanthe Wells, Former Chief Creative Officer at the Los Angeles boutique agency Pitch for the Excellence in Advertising AwardSherry Brennan, SVP, Distribution Strategy & Development, Fox Networks Group for the Excellence in Management AwardMaggie 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.
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