Women in Motion

Officially launched at the 68th Cannes International Film Festival in 2015, the programme, developed jointly by Kering and the Festival de Cannes, aims to support women involved in cinema, highlight their contribution and encourage greater awareness of the need for diversity in the film industry. 

In 2015, the ‘Women in Motion’ Talks welcomed numerous film industry professionals who discussed the place of women in cinema and their contribution to it. The ‘Women in Motion’ Awards were given to Jane Fonda and to independent producer, Megan Ellison.

The 2016 Talks provided an opportunity to enrich the debate around the place of women in cinema with speakers from other fields. The second edition was also marked by the presentation of the ‘Women in Motion’ Awards on 15 May, designed to celebrate and encourage talented women in cinema. 



"I am proud that ‘Women in Motion’ has once again been given the chance to feature in the programme of such a major event as the Festival de Cannes this year.
In 2015, ‘Women in Motion’ proved to be a powerful platform for supporting women in cinema.
With ‘Women in Motion’ – and even more so this year, given the real support we are providing to several female directors – we are taking another step towards real awareness and tangible changes, promoting a film industry that is more representative of the richness and diversity of our societies.”

François-Henri Pinault, Chairman and CEO of the Kering Group



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Women in Motion, a invitation to highlight the contribution of women to the film industry

The programme features two fundamental components: the Talks, which are a series of open interviews with one or several guests, which take place throughout the duration of the Festival, to create a platform for considering and exchanging views on the multi-faceted issue of women in the film industry; and the ‘Women in Motion’ Awards, presented each year to an iconic figure and to one or several up-and-coming talents at the Festival de Cannes “Presidential Dinner”.

The ‘Women in Motion’ Talks: discussing the role and importance of women in film

  • During the first edition of the ‘Women in Motion’ Talks held in 2015, a number of high-profile men and women eagerly joined the debate. Isabella Rossellini, Claire Denis, Salma Hayek Pinault, Matthias Schoenaerts, Melvil Poupaud, Isabelle Huppert, Sylvie Pialat, Agnès Varda, Thierry Frémaux, Frances McDormand and Deniz Gamze Ergüven all expressed their views on women and cinema during a series of interviews open to journalists and industry professionals.
  • The ‘Women in Motion’ 2016 programme welcomed more than 500 guests. Actress, film director and producer Jodie Foster, Keri Putnam, Executive Director of the Sundance Institute, actress Juliette Binoche, actresses Susan Sarandon and Gena Davis, director Houda Benyamina, who was awarded the Caméra d’Or for Divines, Chinese actress Chris Lee, actress, director, former model and stylist, Chloë Sevigny, actress, director and producer Salma Hayek Pinault, director, producer and scriptwriter Lisa Azuelos, the CEO of the Hong Kong Women’s Foundation Su-Mei Thompson, Francine Raveney, Head of Research, press and public relations for EWA – European Women’s Audiovisual Network, and Melissa Silverstein, writer, founder of the Women in Hollywood platform, Artistic Director and co-founder of the Athena Film Festival in New York, among others, were invited to share their opinions on the issue of women in cinema.

The ‘Women in Motion’ Awards: celebrating talented women

In 2015, two honorary awards were attributed; the first to actress, producer and committed philanthropist Jane Fonda, who also holds two Oscars for best actress; and the second to independent producer Megan Ellison to celebrate the launch of the ‘Women in Motion’ programme. Both women are emblematic of their cinematic generations.

In 2016, the ‘Women in Motion Awards’ were presented to actresses Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon, who had travelled to Cannes to mark the 25th anniversary of cult film Thelma & Louise, as well as to three young female directors: Leyla Bouzid, Gaya Jiji and Ida Panahandeh. The awards were presented on 15 May 2016, during the ‘Presidential Dinner’ organised by Kering and the Festival de Cannes and hosted by François-Henri Pinault, Pierre Lescure and Thierry Frémaux. 



A long-term commitment to both Women and Cinema

Kering and cinema

  • From financing films and restoring works to producing documentaries and supporting producers and feature films, Kering and its Corporate Foundation have supported a number of films with a strong message: Desert Flower by Sherry Hormann (2009), Home by Yann-Arthus Bertrand (2009), Brave Miss World by Cecilia Peck (2013), and Ice and Sky by Luc Jacquet (2015).
  • Kering has also been a partner of the Ecole de la Cité film school, part of the Cité du Cinéma complex created by Luc Besson, since its launch in 2012.
  • Through its brands, Kering has also supported high-profile film institutions and festivals, such as the Tribeca Film Institute (New York), Britdoc (London), the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and the Lumière Festival (Lyon).

Kering and women

  • Kering has been committed to empowering women for many years, primarily through the Kering Foundation, created and chaired by François-Henri Pinault, Kering Chairman and CEO, as well as the Chime for Change initiative launched by Gucci, to empower women and girls around the world.