Of all the parties and events that happen during TIFF, the Birks x Telefilm Canada Diamond Tribute to the Year’s Women in Film is one that we never miss. This celebratory affair honours women in the film industry and salutes those who are working hard, pushing boundaries, and contributing to a powerful network that continues to deepen its roots and chip away at that glass ceiling. It’s an evening about women supporting women, no matter what stage of their career they’re at. 

With that being said, there were definite stars of the evening—a group of industry trailblazers who are extremely deserving of recognition and praise. This year’s distinguished honourees included actresses Tantoo Cardinal and Pascale Bussières, screenwriter Susan Coyne, director Nettie Wild, and emerging directors Stella Meghie and Jeanne Leblanc. Each one was acknowledged on stage and shared wisdom to a room of 300 guests that were all eager to listen.

Always a glamorous occasion full of compassion, strength and grace, it was a wonderful event to connect with friends and colleagues. While there were lots of shimmery jewels to gaze at, from Birks statement necklaces and delicate diamond drop earrings, the real radiance came from the smiles that filled the room.