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Women In Film, Los Angeles (WIF LA) announced on Thursday (2) the honourees for the 2019 Women In Film Annual Gala that will take place on June 12 at The Beverly Hilton.

Formerly named the Crystal + Lucy Awards, the annual benefit supports WIF LA’s educational and philanthropic programmes and its advocacy for gender parity for women throughout the industry.

The 2019 Women In Film Annual Gala honourees are:

The Women In Film Entrepreneur in Entertainment Award – Amy Poehler

The Women In Film Emerging Entrepreneur Award – Issa Rae

The Women In Film Max Mara Face of the Future Award – Elizabeth Debicki

The Crystal Award for Advocacy in Entertainment – Cathy Schulman

Women In Film Member’s Choice Award – to be announced at the event.

In its inaugural year, the WIF Member’s Choice Award will focus on female directors, highlighting narrative features that received a US theatrical release in 2018. All WIF LA members will cast their vote by May 6.

In addition, ReFrame, a collaborative initiative of WIF LA and Sundance Institute, will introduce the ReFrame Rise Directors Program at the event.

Gala co-chairs Amy Baer, Esther Chang, Hannah Minghella, and Talitha Watkins said, “We set out to pivot the event to highlight community, advocacy, and entrepreneurship, and are thrilled by this year’s honorees, whose collective body of work truly embodies those values. These extraordinarily talented women demonstrate a lifelong commitment to innovation, entrepreneurship, and support for the next generation of rising talent.”

The Women In Film Annual Gala is presented by sponsor Max Mara for the 17th year.