It comes as no surprise to the Alliance of Women Film Journalists that Shauna Hardy Mishaw, co-founder and Executive Director of Canada’s Whistler Film Festival, has been named in Variety’s International Women’s Impact Report as one of the top women who are influencing and reshaping showbiz around the globe.
Released on March 8, to mark International Women’s Day, the Variety report includes 50 women who “come from all corners of the world, representing the creative and business sectors from China to Nigeria and beyond; their ranks include Oscar and Tony winners, along with power players in executive suites.”
Variety’s entire roster of women influencers — from Indian actress Sonam Kapoor Ahuja at #1 to Endeavor Content VP Negeen Yazdiin the UK at #50 — is impressive. Shauna Hardy Mishaw’s spot is #36. But we think she actually tops the list.
“Through our programs,” Mishaw says in the Variety report. “Whistler Film Festival is maintaining a timely leadership role in supporting gender parity, inclusion and diversity in media when the need is not only apparent, the collective is calling for it. This is about systematic change and changing the system, one story at a time.”
AWFJ has had the privilege and pleasure of partnering with Shauna Hardy Mishaw and the Whistler Film Festival team since 2013 to present juried EDA Awards for Best Female Director(s) at the annual festival.
We have witnessed Shauna’s dedication to inclusive programming that recognizes diverse perspectives, with women filmmakers and femme-centric stories always strongly represented. We’ve recognized and applaud Shauna’s determination to create opportunities for emerging artists of all genders, races and ethnicities by profiling her in AWFJ’s October 2018 SPOTLIGHT feature.
Shauna Hardy Mishaw is indeed making an impact in moviemaking in Canada and around the globe.