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Celebrating the contribution of women to the film industry, the 17 May Presidential Dinner has also marked the launch of the first edition of the ‘Women in Motion’ initiative at the Festival de Cannes. By 2016, the program will include two ‘Women in Motion’ Awards: a first award honoring a remarkable contribution to the women’s cause, and a second one to distinguish a young and talented female filmmaker, to help young talented women gain visibility and recognition in the film industry.
As part of the first edition of the ‘Women in Motion’ program, designed to highlight and celebrate the contribution of women to cinema, and on the occasion of the Presidential Dinner which took place on Sunday 17 May, Kering and the Festival de Cannes have celebrated the commitment and exceptional career of the American actress, producer and philanthropist Jane Fonda, two-time Academy Award winner.
Kering and the Festival de Cannes have also honored the talented independent Hollywood producer Megan Ellison, founder of the production company Annapurna Pictures.
Organized by Kering and the Festival de Cannes, the Presidential Dinner of 17 May welcomed close to 200 guests Place de la Castre, on the hills of Le Suquet in Cannes. Pierre Lescure, President of the Festival de Cannes, Thierry Frémaux, General Delegate of the Festival de Cannes, and François-Henri Pinault, Chairman and CEO of Kering, have given their respective awards to both laureates of the evening: the committed American actress and producer Jane Fonda, and the American producer Megan Ellison. As co-hosts of the event, Kering and the Festival de Cannes have also paid a tribute to Olivia de Havilland, the first woman to be appointed President of the Jury of the Festival de Cannes in 1965, 50 years ago.