Jean Smith, one of our four, first-ever WAVE AWARDS recipients, shares her reaction to winning this award:
“During my past 16 years at NIFCO, I have been mentored by many strong female producers and filmmakers and I have managed many industry upgrades for the Coop. NIFCO is now one of the top post co-ops in Canada. In fact, many filmmakers have visited NIFCO from around the world, and they all comment that they wish they lived in Newfoundland…This is when I feel lucky and honoured to be part of this fab Coop.
Although NIFCO as an organization has received many accolades and honours, many in the arts community wondered if there would ever be an award for an Administrator. So when I was nominated for the WIFT WAVE Award, I felt more than proud and deeply touched. The “Win” was even better. Sometimes the behind-the-scenes person is complimented for their work, but not honoured.
I have been congratulated by my Board, membership and others, but for me, as I journey into my 17th year at NIFCO, I stand most proudly when I receive compliments for my Beautiful Award from WIFT Atlantic. This is a very important Award and acknowledgement in the Industry and I hope it continues for many years to come with a very long list of deserving women.”