ABOUT THE BROKEN GLASS AWARDS: Every year for the past decade, Palm Springs Women in Film and Television have presented the Broken Glass Awards to pay tribute to women of distinction who have “broken through the glass ceiling” in film, television, the arts and philanthropy, as well as paved the way for others to follow. These extraordinary visionaries and professionals have distinguished themselves as wonderful examples of successful pioneers who have flourished in the entertainment industry. 


Sierra McCormick
Rising Star Award

Ms. McCormick was born in Asheville, NC and grew up in Palm Springs, CA. She began performing in film and television at a young age and had a number of roles on different network tv shows throughout the late 2000s, including Criminal Minds, Monk, and Curb Your Enthusiasm. As her career progressed, she worked on larger studio films including Land of the Lost and 20th Century Fox’s Ramona & Beezus. She is starring in the upcoming film The Vast of Night, which won the Slamdance Film Festival audience award. 

Melissa Neiderman
Humanitarian Award

Ms. Neiderman was born and raised in upstate New York, received her degree in Psychology with a background in Theatre. After moving to California, she taught for 21 years in both the public and private sectors of education. Since retiring from teaching, she has become a full-time volunteer for the American Cancer Society. She serves as advisory chair on the Desi Strong Foundation, has also helped raise money for ACT for MS and Loving All Animals. 

Liliana Rodriguez
Desert Diva

Ms. Rodriquez is a Coachella Valley native who started as a film projectionist before joining the film festival world. She became the Program Manager at the Palm Springs Film Society in 2016, programming films for the Palm Springs International Film Festival and the Palm Springs International ShortFest. After transitioning into the roles of Director of Programming at PSIFF and Festival Director of ShortFest, Liliana now serves as the year-round Artistic Director for both festivals. 

Co-chairs for the 2019 Broken Glass Awards

Kim Waltrip
Wonderstar Productions
Film Producer/Director

Patti Gribow
Realtor, COMPASS
Film/TV Producer, Talk Show Host

Kate Spates
Executive Producer, Co-Producer
Wine Country Cruizin’

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