Founder of TheWIFTS Foundation Concept
Passion & Integrity - Commerce & Creativity
Equality Not Hierarchy
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.
Aimee Andersen, Founder
Aimee Andersen And Associates Ltd. (AAA)
Aimée Anderson is a dynamic communications specialist with almost 20 years’ experience working with global Brands in public relations. In 2016, she founded Aimée Anderson and Associates Ltd (AAA) – an agency which specialises in unbranded content through groundbreaking Global Consumer Brand/Film Partnerships.
Prior to AAA, Aimée enjoyed an eight-year tenure at film and television international PR agency, DDA, where she specialised in the entertainment industry and advanced regularly in recognition of her achievements, particularly for her part in growing the global business. During that time, she also set up DDA's Brand division where she secured and worked with pioneering global Consumer Brands including: Electrolux; HP; Lexus; RedBull and Swarovski, that used film as a ground-breaking approach to consumer engagement in a digital age. In early 2015, she secured a seat on the Board in the position of Managing Director, where she was responsible for growing the Consumer Brand division as well as managing the operations and HR for the business.
Having commenced her career at global PR agency, Porter Novelli, she cut her teeth on accounts such as Gillette; British Airways; Carlsberg; HP Inc.; Great North Eastern Railway (GNER); the NHS; the Home Office; the Department of Health; Hilton; Gala Coral Group; the British Lung Foundation; Danish Bacon; and Disney Consumer Products.
Aimée studied at Glasgow Caledonian University and graduated with a BA Hons: 2.1 in Mass Media and Communications.
Executive Board 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.
Executive Board 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.