Femmes de Cinéma

The "Femme de cinéma Sisley/ Les Arcs" award

For the 9th year, the Festival, in partnership with Sisley, is going to honour an iconic female filmmaker from the independent European cinema, by rewarding her with the "Femme de cinéma" award.

Noting that women are still under represented within some fields of the cinema industry, this prize aims at sensitizing the media, the professionals and the audience to the talent of exceptional cinema women.

After Jasmila Zbanic, Lucie Borleteau, Malgorzata Szumowska, Iram Hacq, Claire Burger, Sarah Gavron, and Agnieszka Holland, the name of the emblematic director of European cinema, who will be awarded the “Femme de cinéma” prize in 2021, will soon be unveiled.

The Lab "Femmes de cinéma"

Furthermore, the association Révélations Culturelles, organizer of the festival, has also created the Lab "Femmes de cinéma", with the purpose to encourage practices favouring a better representation of women in the film industry and to keep track of the emerging trends related to women directors. 

The Lab is a think tank based on three pillars: a study on the place of European women directors, updated and completed every year; workshops conducted using collective intelligence methods to generate concrete ideas for achieving gender equality in cinema; and masterclasses to highlight particularly emblematic women directors who can serve as role models.

This year, these three types of Lab events will be held during the 13th edition of the Arcs Film Festival.

The Lab's 2020 Study has indeed been published during the festival. 

This publication was accompanied by a digital round-table discussion between different directors of European National Film Centres, gathered to exchange on the different policies implemented by their respective countries, compare their efficiency, discuss future measures to be adopted or potential collaborations... Participants will include Anna Serner, Director of the Swedish Film Institute, which has become a major European figure in the fight for gender equality in cinema, Elisa Rodriguez of the ICAA (Instituto de la Cinematografía y de las Artes Audiovisuales), Teresa McGrane and Eimear Markey from Screen Ireland, Guy Daleiden of the Film Fund Luxembourg and Leslie Thomas from CNC. This round table was moderated by Anna Ciennik, Industry Village manager.

From left to right, from the top : Anna Serner, Eimear Markey, Teresa McGrane, Elisa Rodriguez, Guy Daleiden and Leslie Thomas.


One of the three debates organised around the Moving Mountains selection, in partnership with the "On est prêt" collective, was also moderated by Fabienne Silvestre, co-founder of the Lab Femmes de Cinéma, and its theme was "to bring together, to represent: commitment through cinema on societal issues", in line with the Lab's themes. Filmmakers Judith Davis and Thomas Lilti were invited to attend.

The Lab finally organized a masterclass with Agnieszka Holland, Polish director and screenwriter to whom the "Sisley/Les Arcs Femme de Cinema" prize was awarded last year. Rendezvous with a key figure in European cinema for almost 40 years, for a moment of enriching and inspiring cinema.

The founding patron of the Lab is the Foundation Sisley d'Ornano and its partners are the association le Studiocanal, Le Deuxième regard and ELLE magazine.

Alexandra Fleurantin

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Signature of the 5050/2020 charter for parity in Film Festivals

Les Arcs Film Festival, which has been committed for a long time to the equality issues between women and men in the cinema industry, signed, on its 10th anniversary, the Charter for Equality in film festivals, carried by the 5050/2020 collective.

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