Along with the new name, Women in Film, Los Angeles is also debuting a new slate of honors to celebrate “women whose entrepreneurial strides are creating opportunities for more women to succeed in careers in the screen industries.”
Poehler — the comic actress whose directorial feature debut, Netflix’s Wine Country, is set to bow May 10 and who also produced the female-fronted hit series Broad City and Russian Doll — will receive the first-ever Entrepreneur in Entertainment Award. The honor highlights an individual “whose work nurtures the advancement of their female collaborators” and whose creative output and influence is “benefiting the conversation about gender parity in our industry.”
Women in Film will present the inaugural Emerging Entrepreneur Award to Rae, as the Insecure creator and star is “a promising talent in the fields of film, television, and/or digital media, whose professional pursuits are resulting in progress for the next generation of talented women.” The honoree has also “demonstrated a foundation for her career comprising of accomplishments marrying creative achievements and business acumen.”
Widows’ Debicki will receive the annual Max Mara Face of the Future Award, while the Crystal Lucy Award for Advocacy in Entertainment will go to Welle Entertainment president and CEO Schulman. Schulman was president of Women in Film from 2010 to 2018.
The new WIF Member’s Choice Award, whose recipient will be announced onstage at the gala, serves as a response to “the oversight of female directors in almost every major awards show earlier in this season” and will focus on “women directors whose narrative features had a U.S. theatrical release in 2018.”
ReFrame, a collaborative initiative of Women in Film and the Sundance Institute, will introduce the ReFrame Rise Directors Program at the event.
Actress Xosha Roquemore will host the evening.