AWARDS / DINNER 2015

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. 

Women in Motion Award 2015 : Jane Fonda
Jane Fonda was born in New York City in 1937, the daughter of Henry Fonda and Frances Seymour Fonda. After having graduated from Vassar College, Fonda studied with renowned acting coach Lee Strasberg and became a member of the Actors Studio in New York.
Fonda’s work on stage and screen has earned numerous nominations and awards, including Oscars (Best Actress in 1971 for ‘Klute’ and in 1978 for ‘Coming Home’) and an Emmy for her performance in ‘The Dollmaker’. Along with starring roles in dozens of highly acclaimed productions, Fonda also took on responsibilities as a film and television producer. In 2007, Fonda received an Honorary Palme d’Or from the Cannes Film Festival. In 2014, she received American Film Institute’s highest honor, the Life Achievement Award.
In addition to her tremendous success as a stage and screen actress, Fonda has long been known for activism and advocacy on environmental issues, peace, and the empowerment of women and girls. Since 1994, Fonda has been Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Population Fund. With much of her work devoted to the program she founded in 1995, the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power and Potential (G-CAPP). She is also on the board of a number of NGOs, among them the Women’s Media Center, which she co-founded in 2004, and of V-Day: Until The Violence Stops, a global effort to stop violence against women and girls. 
 

Womein in Motion Young Talent Award 2015 : Megan Ellison
 
Megan Ellison is the founder and principal of Annapurna Pictures, a film production and finance company that focuses on creating sophisticated, high-quality films which stand out amongst those produced by traditional Hollywood studios. As the Head of Annapurna Pictures, Ellison successfully upholds the company’s vision to produce critically and commercially conscious projects which appeal to a growing and diverse audience, allowing filmmakers to create films of all genres and budgets while preserving their originality.
Annapurna’s most recent project, Bennett Miller’s ‘FOXCATCHER’ starring Channing Tatum, Steve Carell and Mark Ruffalo, was released last year by Sony Pictures Classics. The film earned five Academy Award nominations and three Golden Globe nominations including one for Best Motion Picture, Drama. Annapurna’s projects from 2013 alone earned 17 Academy Award nominations, and made Ellison the first woman to earn two Best Picture nominations in the same year. Those projects included David O. Russell’s ‘American Hustle’, Spike Jonze’s ‘Her’, and Wong Kar Wai’s ‘The GrandMaster’. Additionally in 2013,  Annapurna’s ‘Spring Breakers’, directed by Harmony Korine, broke records earning the biggest box office opening weekend of 2013 for a film playing in limited release. Annapurna’s past releases include Kathryn Bigelow’s Academy Award nominated ‘Zero Dark Thirty’, and Paul Thomas Anderson’s multiple Golden Globe and Academy Award nominated ‘The Master’.

 

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