Women In Motion

Founded in 2015 out of a desire to showcase women’s contribution to the world of cinema, Women In Motion has become a platform of choice for helping to change mindsets and fight inequality between women and men in the field of culture and the arts. Since 2016, the program has expanded its scope into photography, literature and the plastic arts.

A long-standing commitment

Kering’s commitment to women is a major priority for the Group. In addition to its Foundation, which combats the violence to which women are subjected around the world, and an internal policy based on gender equality, Kering has been fighting inequality between women and men in the field of culture and the arts since 2015. The Group became an official partner of the Festival de Cannes that year and launched the Women In Motion program, with the aim of shining a light on women’s contribution to cinema, both in front of and behind the camera.



Relive Women In Motion highlights since 2015 



Cinema with new cultural fields

Since the fight for equality in the creative world not only affects cinema, Women In Motion extends its reach to other areas of artistic production such as photography, literature and the plastic arts.


Since 2016, Women In Motion has supported the Prix de la Photo Madame Figaro Arles, which is awarded to talented young women photographers. In 2019, Kering has increased its support for women photographers by partnering up with Rencontres d’Arles through two initiatives: the Women In Motion award for photography and the Women In Motion LAB, a research project carried out by female historians of photography, which will culminate in the publication of a reference book on women’s place in the world history of photography. Objectives: contribute to the recognition of female photographers and gender equality in this artistic field.


Women In Motion has also been launched in literature – the program notably welcomed Leïla Slimani to one of its talks about the position of female writers in society; the plastic arts, through its partnership with the Festival d’Automne à Paris and its support for an exhibition by Egyptian artist Anna Boghiguian.


Since its launch, Women In Motion has focused on two main ideas: offering women a platform and honoring talented women.

A tribune for women

Through its Talks and the support given to ambitious research projects, Women In Motion offers a platform for expression to those who push the boundaries and are striving towards gender equality.

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Honoring talented women

Each year, the Women In Motion awards are given to prominent women and young female talents who seek to raise the profile of women in the industry – through the choices they have made, their careers and their view of the world. Discover or re-discover all the award winners.

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For the fifth edition of Women In Motion, Kering has launched a set of podcasts. The first series is already available and looks back at the highlights of previous Talks by five leading, committed figures in the world of cinema: Agnès Varda, Jodie Foster, Salma Hayek-Pinault, Aïssa Maïga and Emilia Clarke. A second series – coming out very soon - was recorded at the 72nd Festival de Cannes, outlining key female figures in the film industry whose profession is often overlooked.

Episode 1 - Agnès Varda

Through her career, her work, her personality and even her haircut - she is perhaps the director who most influenced other women moviemakers in France and across the world. Listen to the one of a kind Agnès Varda, narrated by journalist Florence Villeminot.

Episode 2 - Jodie Foster

Listen to Jodie Foster, one of Hollywood’s greatest actors, directors and producers, narrated by journalist Florence Villeminot.

Episode 3 - Salma Hayek-Pinault

Listen to producer and actress Salma Hayek-Pinault on representation and diversity in the cinema industry, narrated by journalist Florence Villeminot.

Episode 4 - Aïssa Maïga

Listen to French actress Aïssa Maïga talk about her journey and the condition of black actresses and more generally non-white actors in the cinema industry, narrated by journalist Florence Villeminot.

Episode 5 - Emilia Clarke

Listen to actress Emilia Clarke talk about Game of Thrones, strong women and equal pay, narrated by journalist Florence Villeminot.