Kering and the Festival de Cannes award director Carla Simón
the 2018 Young Talent Prize
On May 13th 2018, as part of the 4th edition of Women in Motion, Kering and the Festival de Cannes will present during the official dinner, the Young Talent Award to a promising personality, along with €50,000 as financial support for a future film project. Among a selection of films, the actress, producer and director, Salma Hayek Pinault, chose the Catalan director Carla Simón.
Also, during this ceremony, Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins will receive the Women in Motion Award. The two Prizes will be presented by François-Henri Pinault, President and CEO of Kering, Pierre Lescure, President of the Festival de Cannes, and Thierry Frémaux, Delegate General of the Festival de Cannes.
In 2017, Carla Simón presented her first feature film Summer 1993 (Estiu 1993) that was shot in just six weeks and was instantly hailed by critics. An autobiographical and naturalistic film produced by Inicia Films and Avalon, it tells the story of a six-year-old girl who has just lost her mother to AIDS and leaves to live with her uncle, aunt and cousin in the countryside. Filmed from the child's point of view, this emotional film won more than 30 prizes all over the world and represented Spain at the 2018 Oscars. Presented at the Berlinale 2017, it won the prize for Best First Film and the Grand Prix of the Generation Kplus International Jury. It was also lauded at the Spanish Malaga Film Festival, where it received the Biznaga de Oro prize for Best Spanish Film. A few months later, the film won over the Jury de Cannes Ecran Junior and was awarded prize during the 70th edition of the Festival.
Carla Simón has also made numerous short films including Born Positive, Lipstick and Those Little Things, all selected to appear in international festivals. In 2016, her latest short film Lacuna was as very personal cinematographic project based on letters written by her mother. Along with preparing her second feature film, Carla Simón teaches young cinema students at the Cinema en Curs, ESCAC and Pompeu Fabra University.
"For four years now, we have been actively fighting for women in cinema. In keeping with this commitment, we support up-and-coming talents who will be the next inspiring and committed figures within the industry. We are pleased to honour the director Carla Simón, whose talent has already been acknowledged numerous times the world over."
“I’m proud and deeply moved to be awarded the Women in Motion Young Talent Award for 2018. As a young filmmaker, it is absolutely key to be supported in your work in order to move forward with serenity. It’s a great honour to feel that Salma Hayek Pinault and the Women in Motion team trust my artistic vision. This Prize and its financial support will enable me to fully commit myself to my next film project.”
About Women in Motion, a Kering initiative
Women in Motion's ambition is to highlight the contribution of women to the film industry, both in front of and behind the camera. Launched in May 2015 by Kering in partnership with the Festival de Cannes, Women in Motion is an integral part of the Festival's official program, and is active around the world through a variety of events. This initiative is based on two fundamental actions: its Talks, which are open to journalists and film professionals, enable leading personalities including Jodie Foster, Diane Kruger, Robin Wright, Salma Hayek Pinault, Juliette Binoche, Chloe Sevigny, Agnès Varda and Frances McDormand, to compare their experiences and views on the issue of women's contribution to cinema, and also to share their recommendations for the advancement of women’s representation in the industry. The Women in Motion Awards, two awards given each year, one to an inspirational figure who embodies the values of the program, and another to a promising name in cinema who also receives financial support for future film projects.
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