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Elspeth Tavares

Elspeth Tavares is the founder, publisher and editor-in-chief of The Business of Film, an independent film industry trade publication founded in 1980. Educated in London, she began her career in publishing with London’s The Observer newspaper where she learned the printing and ad sales business. Her success with this prestigious national Sunday newspaper led to an appointment with the UK’s major film trade newspaper, Screen International, where she rose to the position of Managing Director, restructuring the company and making it into a highly profitable enterprise. It was subsequently acquired by a leading UK publishing house. Her experience in consumer, trade and national newspaper publishing, coupled with her expertise in the international film industry, resulted in the founding of The Business of Film with offices in London and Los Angeles. With her own publication, she has been at the forefront of encouraging new young talent and for the first decade of its existence, The Business of Film operated a trainee journalism scheme for graduates from Oxford and Cambridge to ground them in the complexities of the international film business. Tavares an award winning Journalist, is a member of the British Academy of Film & Television Arts (BAFTA) and a founding member of Women in Film, London.

 


Maryellen James
Chair & Screening Committee Member

TheWIFTS Foundation International Visionary Awards is delighted to welcome Maryellen James in a more active team role at TheWIFTS Foundation as Selection Chair. Working closely in this capacity with Elspeth Tavares and TheWIFTS Screening Committee, Maryellen will Chair the Final Selections for TheWIFTS Film Awards.

Maryellen's insight, enthusiasm and broadly eclectic film knowledge is a perfect fit with TheWIFTS Foundation's philosophy regarding the talented filmmakers and films it seeks to recognize and honor.

 


Sandi Craig
Chair & Screening Committee Member

Sandi Craig has defied the odds by going back to college in mid-life. She 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 many awards for her reporting skills. She also had stories go national and international on the Associated Press wire service. She worked at the University’s Cable TV Station and garnered many local, state, regional and national awards for her work as a Reporter, News Anchor and Producer of their live, daily newscast. During college Sandi was also a Writer for an entertainment magazine. After college, Sandi got a job as Reporter for a CBS affiliate in Texas, where she had numerous stories go 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 was the Weather Reporter when necessary. She currently works as a freelance writer and has written various TV scripts along with a feature-length screenplay and has a detective fiction novel in progress along with another feature-length screenplay. Sandi also works part-time in Public Relations.

 

 

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