The second annual Women’s International Film & Television Showcase (The WIFTS) will kick off in Los Angeles on Nov 29 with a screening of Brian Jamieson’s ToWhom It May Concern: Ka Shen’s Journey which will also serve to honour actress Nancy Kwan with a lifetime tribute award.

The six-day event will screen 20 films and 16 shorts from 18 countries celebrating the talent and accomplishments of women in the film and television industries.

The WIFTS Foundation Annual Visionary Awards, which bring together women from all walks of life, will take place as the closing night event; honourees include Kwan, Elizabeth Grant (lifetime achievement award), actress Shohreh Aghdashloo (humanitarian award), director Mary McGuckian (career achievement award) and Christina Jennings (television pioneer award).

Among the films being screened are The Stoning Of Soraya M starring Aghdashloo, McGuckian’s Amorality trilogy (Rag Tale, Intervention, Inconceivable) and a day of documentaries.

The WIFTS was created by publishing veteran Elspeth Tavares.