Modern films and the Kering Foundation prepare for third annual short film initiative: “16 days 16 films”


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    Modern films and the Kering Foundation prepare for third annual short film initiative: “16 days 16 films”

    Submissions are now open for this year’s initiative, which advocates to combat violence against women, and will take place from 25 november – 10 december 2020.

    Inspired by the UN Women campaign 16 Days of Activism Against Gender- based Violence, the 16 DAYS 16 FILMS initiative is a short film competition that focuses on filmed content addressing violence against women. 


    Now in its third year, the initiative will run online from 25 November to 10 December, between the International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women and International Human Rights Day. 

    And for the second consecutive year, Modern Films has partnered with the Kering Foundation, which has been combating violence against women since 2008. 

    Together, these organisations champion female-identifying filmmakers internationally, providing a platform in which they can share stories that increase visibility about gender-based violence and in turn, create a dialogue to empower women and push for change. 

    16 finalists will be chosen from the UK, Ireland, France, Italy, and for the first time, from Mexico and the United States. One short film will be released each day between 25 November and 10 December on both Modern Films and the Kering Foundation online platforms, and the film will also be shared by the specialist organisation NGOs Chayn Italia in Italy, En avant toute(s) in France, Fondo Semillas in Mexico, NNEDV in the U.S and the UK Says No More campaign in the UK.

    The initiative will conclude with an awards ceremony and a special event screening of all 16 films in mid-December.

    An independent jury will choose the winning filmmaker and two runners up, with each of the three receiving a prize. The first-place winner will also receive the opportunity to create a new public service announcement for UK Says No More, a national campaign focused on raising awareness and preventing domestic abuse and sexual violence in the UK. 

    Last year, almost 150 films were submitted and short-listed to 16 finalists, with the jury crowning BAFTA-nominated filmmaker Myriam Raja’s The Third Sorrow as the winner, followed by Antonella Fabiano and Chiara Speziale’s Kedamono and Jessie Ayles’ Waves. Jury members included actresses Thandie Newton and Jodie Whitaker, director Alice Winocour, activist Marai Larasi and broadcaster Edith Bowman. 

    Myriam Raja’s You Are Not Alone campaign video for UK Says No More can now be viewed online here:

    “We are proud to have the opportunity to bring this initiative to international audiences for the third consecutive year. With the number of global domestic abuse cases having risen dramatically in the wake of global lockdown, 16 Days 16 Films enables us to bring issues related to gender-based violence to the forefront, allowing us to further support womxn while championing female-identifying filmmakers.” Johanna von Fischer and Ginta Gelvan, Producers 16 Days 16 Films.

    “The Kering Foundation is pleased to continue its partnership with Modern Films and extend the 16 Days 16 Films initiative to the United States and Mexico this year. It is essential to elevate the voices of female-identifying filmmakers in order to highlight the complexities of the violence that affects 1 out of 3 women worldwide. Through this initiative, we hope that we can mobilize more individuals towards collective action to create change.” Céline Bonnaire, Executive Director of the Kering Foundation.

    Submissions from the UK, Ireland, France, Italy, Mexico and the United Sates are now open until Thursday 8 October 2020 and the 16 finalists and jury members will be announced mid-November. 

    Films must be 20 minutes or under, be directed by female-identifying filmmakers and speak powerfully to the many forms which gender-based violence and inequality can take.

    16 Days 16 Films was launched in 2018 by female-led UK film production and distribution company, Modern Films, in association with UK Says No More. For more information please visit 


    For further press information please contact:

    For Modern Films
    ORGANIC: Tiffany Kizito/ Julia Nowicka

    For Kering Foundation
    Juliette Jacovidis +33 (0)6 48 49 83 15 -


    About Modern Films


    Modern Films is a London-based, female-led film production, distribution and event cinema agency. Established by Eve Gabereau in 2017 with a mandate to work on stories that address social issues head-on through film and media content, they launched with the Event Cinema release of Manifesto starring Cate Blanchett and with Executive Production on the BAFTA-winning I am Not a Witch. They focus on A-list festival competitors, critically acclaimed titles and international award winners. 

    Highlights of their slate include Alice Rohrwacher’s Happy as Lazzaro, Iciar Bollain’s Yuli: The Carlos Acosta Story, documentary Shooting the Mafia by Kim Longinotto. Their 2020 slate includes Werner Herzog's Family Romance, LLC, Viggo Mortensen's The Falling and a slate of films directed by women including; THE PERFECT CANDIDATE by Haifaa al Mansour, WHITE RIOT about the Rock Against Racsim movement in the 70s, LUXOR by Zeina Durra and starring Andrea Riseborough, RAISE HELL: THE LIFE & TIMES OF MOLLLY IVINS and BEYOND THE VISIBLE by Halina Dyrschka about the artist Hilma af Klint. Modern Films also recently produced I STILL BREATHE directed by Alfred George Bailey.

    For more information please visit


    About Kering


    A global Luxury group, Kering manages the development of a series of renowned Houses in Fashion, Leather Goods, Jewelry and Watches: Gucci, Saint Laurent, Bottega Veneta, Balenciaga, Alexander McQueen, Brioni, Boucheron, Pomellato, DoDo, Qeelin, Ulysse Nardin, Girard-Perregaux, as well as Kering Eyewear. By placing creativity at the heart of its strategy, Kering enables its Houses to set new limits in terms of their creative expression while crafting tomorrow’s Luxury in a sustainable and responsible way. We capture these beliefs in our signature: “Empowering Imagination”. In 2019, Kering had nearly 38,000 employees and revenue of €15.9 billion.


    About the Kering Foundation


    Worldwide, 1 in 3 women is or will be a victim of violence during her lifetime. Since 2008, the Kering Foundation combats this violence that affects all cultures and all social classes. To maximize its impact, the Foundation works hand in hand with a limited number of local partners in the three main regions where the Group operates: the American continent, Western Europe and Asia. 

    The Foundation supports local survivor-centered organizations that provide comprehensive services to women, and works with younger generations, particularly young men and boys, to combat violence against women through prevention programs.The Foundation also seeks to change behaviors within Kering and in society in general. It offers training sessions on domestic violence for Kering employees and created, in 2018, alongside the FACE Foundation, “One in Three Women”, the first European network of companies engaged against gender-based violence.  

    For more information please visit


    About UK Says No More


    UK SAYS NO MORE is a national campaign launched in early 2016 with the aim to raise awareness of domestic abuse and sexual violence across the UK. UK SAYS NO MORE unites and strengthens a diverse community of members under one powerful, visual symbol, and provides open-source tools, information and resources for individuals and organisations to get involved. Together, we are challenging the myths and misconceptions around domestic abuse and sexual violence, sharing resources and information and ultimately working together to make real positive social change. 

    For more information please visit


    About En avant toute(s)


    En avant toute(s) is an organization working for gender equality and the end of gender-based violence, by fighting stereotypes and supporting survivors. This innovative organization created the first chat room in France, available on, focused on responding to the needs of young people who are questioning their romantic relationships and the violence they may be experiencing in it. 

    For more information please visit


    About Chayn Italia


    Chayn Italia is an open source platform that addresses gender-based violence by providing clear and comprehensive tools, information and support to women survivors and those who are close to them. 

    For more information please visit


    About The National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV)


    The National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that serves as a leading national voice for victims of domestic violence and their allies. NNEDV’s membership includes all 56 state and territorial coalitions against domestic violence in the United States, representing more than 2,000 local programs. NNEDV has been advancing the movement against domestic violence for more than 30 years, having led efforts among domestic violence advocates and survivors in urging Congress to pass the landmark Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) of 1994. To learn more about NNEDV, please visit


    About Fondo Semillas


    Fondo Semillas provides economic resources, training and support to women's groups working for gender equality throughout the country. Over 30 years, it has financed 526 organizations, supporting more than 779,018 women and indirectly benefiting 2.9 million more people. In 2011, Fondo Semillas was recognized by the MacArthur Foundation's Award for Creative and Effective Organizations and in 2012 it received the Hermila Galindo Award from the Mexico City Human Rights Commission. 
    For more information please visit


    About 16 Days of Activism


    16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence is an annual campaign, which has run since 1991, and has 164 countries and 3,700 organisations involved. It uses the 16 days between International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (25th November) and International Human Rights Day 
    (10th December) to reinforce that eliminating all forms of violence against women is a human rights issue, and that the act of perpetrating violence against women is a human rights violation.