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L’Oréal Paris is proud to announce the fourth annual Lights on Women's Worth, which continues to showcase the talented female filmmakers of tomorrow.

With the Lights on Women's Worth,
L’Oréal Paris celebrates female talents.

In 2021, L’Oréal Paris took that commitment to the next level, with the creation of a dedicated yearly award program for promising female short filmmakers. The award attempts to create a path for women in film to advance their careers while also addressing the industry's under-representation of women. Surprisingly, only 17% of women direct top-grossing films, and only 25% serve in critical behind-the-scenes roles.


Viv Li

Young Chinese film director Viv Li won the top prize for her 15-minute film, Across the Waters. The film tells the story of a teenage girl, living in a remote Chinese mining town who, thanks to a truck driver, discovers music she has never heard before.

“Female directors are vital to cinema, and it is important we continue to uplift and make room for their voices and vision to be shared and heard. The winning film is Across the Waters. It was a phenomenal short film that held so much depth.”

Elle Fanning, Lights on Women’s Worth Juror

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What if you could learn from the most inspiring women in the filmmaking industry?

L'Oréal Paris is proud to present its new exclusive podcast, the Lights on Women's Worth Podcast.

As inequalities persist in the cinematic world, L'Oréal Paris has created the Lights on Women's Worth Award, an award that showcases the talented female filmmakers of tomorrow. And as change starts with representation, we are glad to welcome on this podcast women who have shaped the realm of cinema.

Discover the empowering messages of Elle Fanning, Viola Davis, Jane Fonda and more by subscribing to the podcast on any audio app.

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Fatima Kaci

L’Oréal Paris has announced the third annual winner of the Lights On Women Award, chosen from the Short Films Competition and La Cinef’s selection at Cannes. Fatima Kaci from France took the top honour for her 30-minute film, La Voix des Autres (The Voice of Others), from the 14 selected short films. The film depicts the story of a Tunisian interpreter in France translating the stories of refugees whose voices raise questions about her own identity.
The final choice was announced in person by Academy Award-winner, L’Oréal Paris spokesperson and Juror of the 2023 edition, Kate Winslet, who described the film as"A remarkable testament to a woman's boundless empathy for others, which becomes her most profound emotional strength. A truly phenomenal short film."

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Mai Vu
Mai Vu

In 2022, Mai Vu, a talented filmmaker originally from Vietnam, took the top honor for her 9-minute film, "Spring Roll Dream", described as “exquisite” by juror Kate Winslet. This touching film beautifully portrays the significance of family tradition in a simple yet profound manner. Vu’s achievement follows the 2021 inaugural Lights on Women Award winner, Aleksandra Odić from Germany.

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Aleksandra Odi
Aleksandra Odić

The Award’s first edition was opened by a young and talented German director with her short film, "Frida." The film tells the story of an encounter between a young nurse and her patient of the same age.

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