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VANCOUVER – During the 34th edition of the Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF), financier and philanthropist Frank Giustra accepted the first-ever VIFF Screen Industry Builder Award presented by VIFF Executive Director Jacqueline Dupuis in collaboration with BC Creates.
In front of a full house at a luncheon hosted by Vancouver Board of Trade, Frank Giustra, financier, philanthropist and founder of Lionsgate Entertainment, was the first recipient of the VIFF Screen Industry Builder Award, an honour that celebrates Giustra’s immense contributions to B.C.’s creative economy.
The award was developed to recognize thought-leaders that showcase Vancouver as a destination for excellence and innovation in screen-based media, an initiative established by key B.C. creative industry stakeholders to celebrate the myriad of accomplishments, contributions and future potential of B.C.’s vibrant creative economy.
“Frank Giustra’s unparalleled leadership and long-standing contributions to British Columbia’s screen-based sector has not only grown the creative economy but anchored B.C. as a global player and hub for innovation,” said Jacqueline Dupuis, VIFF Executive Director. “We’re thrilled, alongside BC Creates, to be honouring a true visionary with the first-ever VIFF Screen Industry Builder Award.”
Frank Giustra is CEO of Fiore Group, a private firm managing a broad portfolio of private equity investments and companies, specializing in food and lifestyle, art and entertainment, while having a proven track-record in financing and creating public natural resource companies. Giustra’s entrepreneurial success also includes founding Lionsgate Entertainment, now one of the world’s largest independent film companies. Giustra is a major shareholder of Thunderbird Films, a company focused on content and distribution in the television and film sector. In 2014, he founded Fiore Music and Westsonic Music Inc., and actively composes lyrics for songs in all genres.