Birks celebrates Canadian women in film at an event held in partnership
with Shangri-La Hotel, Toronto and Telefilm Canada
TORONTO, Sept. 10, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - Birks, Canada's leading prestige
jeweller since 1879, celebrated the talent and accomplishments of seven
Canadian women in film yesterday at an event held in partnership with
Shangri-La Hotel, Toronto and Telefilm Canada.
Among a crowd of 300 and more guests, among them industry members and
Toronto influencers, Telefilm Canada's Executive Director Carolle
Brabant presented the honourees with a symbolic gift from Birks, during
a ceremony hosted by Canadian TV personality Ben Mulroney.
The seven honourees are Canadian directors Anais Barbeau-Lavalette,
Manon Briand, Anita Doron, Deepa Mehta, Kate Melville and Ruba Nadda as
well as Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) Executive Director
and Chief Operating Officer Michèle Maheux.
"Canada has a great heritage when it comes to filmmaking, and as a woman
I am proud to have chosen to be making films here," says director and
honouree Deepa Mehta, whose new feature film "Midnight's Children" is
screening at this year's TIFF. "I am honoured to be part of the group
of fantastic women being acknowledged by Birks and Telefilm Canada at
today's event," she concluded.
"We are thrilled to be celebrating these seven women's presence at the
Festival but also their contribution to Canada's cinematographic
heritage, recognized worldwide thanks to their work," added
Jean-Christophe Bedos, President and CEO of Birks & Mayors Inc. "Their
work is key to making our reputation and culture shine abroad," he
"This year is an exceptional year for Canadian women filmmakers at TIFF,
with a number of them having their feature films in the official
line-up," said Carolle Brabant, Executive Director of Telefilm Canada.
"This is truly a testament to their talent and success, with their
voice being heard not only here at home but also across the globe."
Each honouree has received a diamond pendant from the new PLAISIRS DE
BIRKS Collection, which draws inspiration from the jeweller's design
legacy, strongly rooted in Canada's history. Among the creations are
symbols that pay homage to our country's heritage, including maple
leaves, snowflakes and fleur-de-lys.
Birks & Mayors is a leading retailer with 58 prestige jewellery stores
in Canada and the United States. The Company operates 32 stores under
the Birks brand in most major markets in Canada and 23 stores under the
Mayors brand in Florida and Georgia, two retail locations in Calgary
and Vancouver under the Brinkhaus brand, and one retail location in
Orlando under the Rolex brand. Birks was founded in 1879 and developed
over the years into Canada's premier retailer, designer and
manufacturer of fine jewellery, timepieces, sterling and plated
silverware and gifts. Visit www.birks.com, follow us on http://twitter.com/birksjewellers and www.facebook.com/birksjewellers.
About Telefilm Canada
Telefilm is dedicated to the cultural, commercial and industrial success
of Canada's audiovisual industry. Through its various funding and
promotion programs, Telefilm supports dynamic companies and creative
talent here at home and around the world. Telefilm also administers the
programs of the Canada Media Fund. Visit www.telefilm.ca and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/telefilm_canada and Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/telefilmcanada.
SOURCE: BIRKS & MAYORS INC.
For further information:
For more information and to obtain photographs of the event:
Director, Public Relations & Events
Birks & Mayors Inc.