Véronique Cayla
Jean-Philippe Baltel

Académie des César



When Cayla was elected president of the César Academy, which hands out the French equivalent of the Oscars, in 2020, the veteran producer and exec promised sweeping change for the organization, which had been wracked by controversies and mass resignations. She was able to bring gender parity to the board of the Association for the Promotion of Cinema (APC), which oversees the César Academy. But there continues to be a scarcity of people of color in the organization, which honored only two Black actors with Césars in 2021, Jean-Pascal Zadi and Fathia Youssouf. Cayla came to the César Academy following nine years president of Franco-German public culture channel Arte France. She previously served as president of the public Centre National du Cinéma and managing director of the Cannes Film Festival.


  • ARTE France
  • Centre National du Cinema et de L'image Animee (CNC)
  • Cannes Film Festival


  • Institute of Political Studies of Paris (France)

Variety Honors

  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2020 Variety500 Honoree
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Veronique Cayla, Eric Toledano to Head France's Cesar Academy

Veronique Cayla, Eric Toledano to Head France's Cesar Academy

Veronique Cayla, the well-respected film and TV executive who recently stepped down from the leadership of Franco-German public culture channel Arte France, will preside the Cesar Academy, which distributes France’s equivalent to the Oscars. Eric Toledano, the popular co-director of smash-hit "The Intouchables" and a key member of the film guild ARP, will be vice-president of the Cesar Academy.Both Cayla and Toledano were elected for a two-year mandate by the new administration board of the Academy, which includes 42 reps...


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