The prestigious Women in Film and Television Awards celebrates the achievements of the UK’s most talented women in front and behind the camera, with a total of fourteen categories covering all aspects of the industry including directing, performance, producing, business and project management.
With a career spanning almost 50 years as presenter, actor, producer and writer of over 30 children’s books Floella Benjamin was honoured with The EON Productions Lifetime Achievement Award presented to her by stage and screen actress, and Gold Digger star Nikki Amuka-Bird.
Claudia Winkleman winner of the Eikon Presenter Award
Speaking at the ceremony Benjamin said “I am absolutely honoured and thrilled to be receiving The Lifetime Achievement Award as I have long admired the WFTV Awards because it is a fantastic celebration of all women in the TV and Film industry. The awards are such an important event and I feel I am representing the contribution made by those in the Children’s industry by accepting this prestigious award and I thank WFTV for this recognition”.
BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing host Claudia Winkleman was awarded with The EIKON Presenter Award by her good friend and fellow presenter Kirsty Young, with Derry Girls writer Lisa McGee taking home The ScreenSkills Writing Award presented by John Lloyd, and actress Cherylee Houston took home The ITV Studios Achievement of the Year accolade, presented by her Coronation Street co-star Rula Lenska.
The Walking Dead star Samantha Morton was presented with The Best Performance Award by Julian Rhind-Tutt whom she performed alongside in Harlots earlier this year, while Laurie Nunn, writer and creator of Sex Education, was presented with The Netflix New Talent Award by Meera Syal.
Samantha Morton winner of the QI Best Performance Award
Jane Featherston winner of the Barclays Business Award presented by Emily Watson
Newsreader and journalist Katya Adler took home The BBC News and Factual Award presented to her by Angela Rippon, and Channel 4 News presenter Krishnan Guru-Murthy handed Head of Channel 4 News, Dorothy Byrne, The Argonon Contribution to the Medium Award.
Celebrating the brilliant creative work of women behind the scenes, this year founder of Sister Pictures Jane Featherstone was presented with The Barclays Business Award by Emily Watson in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the industry, and Helena Bonham-Carter presented The Deluxe Director Award to her ‘favourite director’ Jessica Hobbs, whom she worked with on The Crown.
Laurie Nunn winner of the Netflix New Talent Award presented by Meera Syal
Katya Adler (R) winner of the BBC News and Factual Award presented by Angela Rippon
The Envy Producer Award went to Faye Ward presented by Steve Coogan who starred in Stan and Ollie, which was produced by Ward, while Mel Giedroyc presented Emma Oxley, who edited Good Omens, with The Technicolor Creative Technology Award. Sound Mixer Judi Lee-Headman, whose recent work includes The Capture and Britannia received The Craft Award by Britannia star David Morrissey and the Project Management Award went toJo Burn and was presented by Stacey Dooley.
Scripted speeches aside, Ikon London Magazine got a chance to speak to the award winners and presenters who all seem to be in agreement that the event is great fun. Jane Featherston, for example, attended the awards for almost a decade. Indeed, the atmosphere was very relaxed and informal. And the best part – the event didn’t feel like ‘children’s table awards’ as some might claim,
Nikki Amuka-Bird presents Baroness Floella Benjamin OBE winner of the EON Lifetime Achievement Award
Dorothy Byrne (R) winner of the Argonon Contribution to the Medium Award presented by Krishnan Guru- Murthy
WFTV Awards presenter Sandi Toksvig added “I never cease to be overwhelmed by the sheer level of talent and brilliance at the WFTV awards. I come back year after year to host them, because there simply is no other event like this in the film and TV calendar. To be in the same room as all these amazing and inspiring women makes this such an uplifting and inspiring day”.
Cherylee Houston winner of the ITV Achievement of the Year Award presented by Rula Lenska
Emma Oxley winner of the Technicolour Creative Technology Award presented by Mel Gideroyc
Faye Ward winner of the Envy Producers Award
Judi Lee-Headman winner of the Pinewood MBS Lighting Award presented by David Morrissey
Laurie Nunn Laurie Nunn winner of the Netflix New Talent Award
Lisa McGee winner of the ScreenSkills Writing Award