Women in Motion

Kering Women in Motion Isabelle Huppert poster

Launched in 2015 by Kering, in partnership with the Festival de Cannes, Women in Motion sets out to showcase the contribution of women to the film industry, whether in front of the camera or behind it.

The initiative is based on two pillars: Talks give major figures the opportunity to compare and contrast their experiences and viewpoints around the question of women’s contribution to cinema; and the two Women in Motion Awards are awarded each year to an inspiring figure, and to a young film industry professional.

To mark the 70th anniversary of the Cannes International Film Festival, to be held from 17 to 28 May 2017, Kering, an official partner to the Festival has chosen a portrait of Isabelle Huppert for the official poster of the third annual Women in Motion programme.


As is still the case in far too many walks of life, women are under-represented and disadvantaged in the film world, despite their priceless contribution to everything that makes cinema what it is. Promoting gender equality lies at the heart of Kering’s priorities, which is why I am proud to be involved in this fight, alongside the Festival de Cannes.’

François-Henri Pinault, Chairman and CEO of Kering


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

During the first two editions of the ‘Women in Motion’ Talks, a number of high-profile men and women eagerly joined the debate: Jodie Foster, Juliette Binoche, Susan Sarandon, Geena Davis, Isabelle Huppert, Salma Hayek Pinault, Chloë Sevigny, Houda Benyamina, Melvil Poupaud, Agnès Varda as well as Frances McDormand, among others.

These discussions focused on a variety of questions, including the problem of financing for films directed by women or about women, inequalities in salary and the lack of representation of women and their work on screen.

The ‘Women in Motion’ Awards: celebrating talented women

Kering et le Festival de Cannes remettront par ailleurs les Prix Women in Motion durant le dîner officiel Women in Motion, organisé le dimanche 21 mai 2017: le premier Prix à une figure emblématique du 7e art, dont la carrière est source d’inspiration et incarne les valeurs du programme, et le Prix Jeunes Talents à une personnalité prometteuse du secteur choisie par le premier lauréat.

Kering and the Festival de Cannes will also be awarding the Women in Motion Awards at the official event dinner on Sunday, 21 May 2017. The first will go to an emblematic figure in film, whose career inspires others and embodies the programme’s values, while the Young Talents Award will be awarded to a promising rising film industry professional chosen by the first prize-winner.

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.