It is a great honor for me to receive this Lifetime Achievement Award from the Women's International Film & Television Showcase, it only saddens me that my husband, Tony Blanco, cannot be with me to share this moment, as he would be as honored and proud as I am.
I congratulate you on the beautiful initiative to support and celebrate the dedication, passion and integrity of women in film everywhere, and I thank TheWIFTS Board for considering me worthy of this precious award. I am very sorry to be unable to receive it in person. Thank you!
The Origins of TheWIFTS Foundation Award
TheWIFTS Foundation Award recognizes successful women who have shown their
generosity through the contribution of fiscal resources as well as their
generosity of spirit, by embracing TheWIFTS mandate.
The first recipient was Sylvie Nissen, founder of the Sylvie Nissen Gallery
in the lobby of the Hotel Carlton Cannes. In the art world, Sylvie Nissen
was in a class of her own. In the 1990s she put into action one of her
secret ambitions: to exhibit and promote artists with unclassifiable talent
who were 'singular' by a certain lifestyle and elegance. In following this
passion she has achieved the rare feat of running a successful business - on
an international scale - for more than twenty years.
TheWIFTS Foundation Award recognizes that essential to any organization is
also the team ethos of embracing the fundamental goals and the intent of
an organization. Sandi Craig is TheWIFTS Foundation Award second Honoree,
for her contribution and unequivocal and unconditional support for TheWIFTS
ethos, aims and objectives since its inception.
The Sylvie Nissen Gallery generously sponsors The Sylvie Nissen Costume
Sadly, Sylvie Nissen passed away unexpectedly in September 2014.
THE WOMEN'S INTERNATIONAL FILM & TELEVISION SHOWCASE
DEC 5th 2015 WEST HOLLYWOOD
Passion & Integrity Commerce & Creativity Equality Not Hierarchy
For her unequivocal and unconditional support for TheWIFTS ethos, aims and objectives since its inception,
Sandi Craig is the recipient of TheWIFTS Foundation
Sandi Craig is a former TV News Anchor, News Director, Reporter and Producer for ABC and CBS affiliates, who defied the odds by going back to college in mid-life.
Craig, a writer, screenwriter, and an award-winning journalist graduated in 2000 with a B. A. in Broadcasting Communications, achieving Cum Laude honors and receiving numerous scholarships and awards, among which was the Associated Press Scholarship.
During college she worked as a Reporter for a daily newspaper and won awards for her reporting skills. She also worked at the University's Cable TV Station, where her stories went national and international on the Associated Press wire service.
While in college, she garnered local, state, regional and national awards for her work as a Reporter, News Anchor and Producer of their live, daily newscast. Sandi was also writer for an entertainment magazine.
After college, Sandi got a job as Reporter for a CBS affiliate in Texas, where her many stories went national on the CBS feed. A year later she was hired as a News Anchor and News Director for an ABC affiliate.
Not only did she anchor the primetime live daily newscast, she produced the daily show and managed a team of reporters. She also filled in as Noon Show Host and Weather Reporter when necessary.
Today, Sandi works as a freelance writer and has written several feature-length film scripts. She's currently working on her biography, a detective fiction novel, and has just finished her fifth feature-length screenplay. She plans to launch her ghostwriting website soon.
Recently Sandi created The Sunny Report, an online website to showcase inspiring stories. In her words:
"When I was in the news business, the stories I loved doing the most were what I call 'feel good stories' or 'good news.' In the business we called them 'features.' They were stories about people doing amazing things to make a difference in our world.
Viewers really seemed to enjoy those stories and said that they were the ones they remember. In my early career I became known as the 'feature reporter.' Since I left the news business a few years ago, it's been constantly nagging at me that I need to write stories like this and 'spread the word' about people who are making a difference. That's why I started The Sunny Report, in hopes that my stories about amazing people will somehow inspire others. She comments on her website: "Go ahead… put some Sunny Report in your life. You'll be glad you did!"