More on the awards and their recipients is below:
Stacey Snider | Champion Spirit Award
Selected by TFT students, the award recipient is an industry professional who throughout their career has demonstrated great courage, foresight and integrity to nurture, mentor and champion emerging talent.
Snider is a 1985 graduate of the UCLA School of Law. After graduation she decided against practicing law and went directly into the entertainment business starting in the mailroom of the Triad Agency, eventually moving to Simpson-Bruckheimer, Guber-Peters, CEO of Universal Pictures, and now Co-Chairman & CEO of DreamWorks Studios. Snider was recently honored as the UCLA School of Law Alumnus of the Year. The Champion Spirit Award will be presented to Snider closing night of the festival, June 9th.
Lawrence Bender | Vision Award
Bender, a producer and political activist, has a career spanning two decades of highly successful films. Those films include Inglourious Basterds, Pulp Fiction and Good Will Hunting. All three received three Best Picture Oscar® nominations. His film An Inconvenient Truth won the Academy Award® for Best Documentary. His latest documentary, Countdown to Zero, features commentary from global world leaders and details the urgent risk posed by proliferation, terrorism, and accidental use of nuclear weapons.
The Vision Award is given to a producer whose career is distinguished by the highest standards and whose body of work exemplifies quality, persistence and integrity. The award is presented by the UCLA TFT Producers Program and the Producers Guild of America. Established in 2003, previous Vision Award recipients are Mark Gordon, Cathy Schulman, Albert Berger and Ron Yerxa and Hawk Koch.
Lisa Cholodenko | Filmmaker of the Year Award
The award will be presented during the closing night of the festival, on June 9 at the Director’s Guild. The Kids Are All Right, the film she wrote and directed was nominated for four Academy Awards®, another seven wins, including two Golden Globes®, and 60 nominations from critic’s groups and film organizations worldwide. She previously wrote and directed the critically acclaimed features High Art and Laurel Canyon. Her success on the small screen includes directing the hit cable series sensations Hung, The L Word and Six Feet Under. Filmmaker of the Year Award honors filmmakers who tell stories with a voice and vision that impact the way people look at the human condition and demonstrate the spirit and message of the independent filmmaker.