PARIS– François-Henri Pinault’s Kering, one of the world’s most powerful luxury companies, is partnering up again with Cannes Film Festival to roll out the second edition of their Women in Motion program.
Women in Motion has been developed jointly by Kering and Cannes to highlight women’s achievements in film and encourage more diversity within the industry. The program will keep the same format, featuring a series of recorded talks with high-profile talent and execs.
As part of the Women in Motion initiative, two awards will be handed out during a gala dinner hosted during the festival on May 15, with Cannes’ artistic director Thierry Fremaux and president Pierre Lescure in attendance, along with jury members and other high-profile guests.
Last year’s Women in Motion honorees were Jane Fonda and Megan Ellison. The idea behind the awards is to celebrate a talent or industry player who has either served as a role model to other women and/or whose career choices have allowed women to shine whether in front or behind the camera. A second award will be given to an up and coming talent, director or producer.
The first edition of “Women in Motion” showcased talks with Frémaux, Isabella Rossellini, Claire Denis, Salma Hayek Pinault, Matthias Schoenaerts, Melvil Poupaud, Isabelle Huppert, Sylvie Pialat, Agnès Varda,Frances McDormand and Deniz Gamze Ergüven.
For the first time this year, Women in Motion is also joining forces with the European Women’s Audiovisual Network, which partially released their pan-European study “Where are the women directors?” at Berlin, order to enrich its program.
The 69th Cannes Film Festival will take place May 11-22.