Film is a medium, a language, but above all a very personal view of the world, a window that offers with every movie, a glance with which we can appreciate the director’s individuality, that who tells stories through images, sound and metaphors of life. Therefore, in a society where women have a leading role, the cinematic interpretation of the feminine view becomes crucial. Because of these shift in values, Women in Film and Television arose in 2002 with the purpose of recognizing and promoting the work of Mexican and international women who live in this country in cinema, television and other audiovisual media. For us at GIFF it’s important and significant, because this is where Women in Film and Television was born and our presence has becomes a tradition thanks to Sarah Hoch and the dinner she organizes for the women we pay tribute to for excelling in their respective medium. Women in Film and Television strengthens the promotion and diffusion of the work done by women in audiovisual media, through programs that promote equality and diversity in topics with the purpose of increasing production, distribution and diffusion. This is why each year the Association gives The Muse award, a beautiful statuette created by sculptor Elena Somonte, to the best short film directed by a woman in the festival’s competition and we recognize two women with a renowned career in their respective professions. In the year 2016, we pay a deserving tribute to Evangelina Elizondo, who has participated in more than 80 feature-length films as well as great works of the stage, television series and soap operas. She, who has delivered a unique actor’s legacy for more than six decades, portrays a big part of the history of Mexican cinema. We also pay tribute to Patricia Reyes Spíndola, premiere actress for more than 40 years who has work with great personalities like José Luis Ibañez, Héctor Mendoza and Adriana Roel, or the filmography of Felipe Cazals, Jaime Humberto Hermosillo and Arturo Ripstein. Congratulation to our two great Muses, Evangelina Elizondo and Patricia Reyes Spíndola, and thank you to Sarah Hoch for opening up this space where the work, creativity and talent of women in the audiovisual world is recognized every year within the Guanajuato International Film Festival.