The Awards

The two Women In Motion awards presented during the official Kering dinner at the Festival de Cannes are dedicated to celebrating women’s talent in cinema.

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Two awards are conferred each year: the Women In Motion Award honors an iconic figure whose career has furthered women’s place in cinema. The Young Talents Award unveils and grants financial support to a promising director.


In 2019, François-Henri Pinault, Chairman and CEO of Kering, Pierre Lescure, President of the Festival de Cannes, and Thierry Frémaux, General Delegate of the Festival de Cannes, presented the Women In Motion Award to Chinese iconic actress Gong Li, in the presence of Franck Riester, French Minister of Culture, and of the members of the Jury of the Festival. The Young Talents Award was presented to German director Eva Trobisch.



Relive the Women In Motion highlights since 2015

November 4, 2014

Kering, the Festival de Cannes and Women in Motion announce a five-year partnership geared to showcase women’s contribution to the film industry.

May 17, 2015

For its first edition, François-Henri Pinault, Pierre Lescure and Thierry Frémaux presented the Women in Motion Award to actress, producer and philanthropist, Jane Fonda, for her exceptional career. Producer, Megan Ellison, receives a special award.

May 2015

The first Women in Motion Talks, takes place during the 68th Festival de Cannes, and features Isabella Rossellini, Claudie Ossard, Deniz Gamze Ergüven, Salma Hayek Pinault, Matthias Schoenaerts, Claire Denis, Liu Shu, Liang Ying, Christine Vachon, Elizabeth Karlsen, Rebecca Zlotowski, Melvil Poupaud, Isabelle Huppert, Sylvie Pialat, Golshifteh Farahani, Anne-Dominique Toussaint, Thierry Frémaux, Frances McDormand, and Agnès Varda.

April 2016

Founded by Robert Redford to promote and produce independent films, the Sundance Institute organizes the first International Women in Motion Talk in New York, featuring producers, Heather Rae, Alix Madigan and Lydia Dean Pilcher.

May 15, 2016

Iconic symbols since their roles in Thelma & Louise, actresses and producers, Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon, are awarded Women in Motion 2016 for their outstanding contribution to the development of women’s influence in the film industry. Film directors, Leyla Bouzid, Gaya Jiji and Ida Panahandeh are the three laureates for the first Young Talents Award.

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