Celebrating the women behind the camera
The under-representation of women in film is a major issue within the creative industry, with only 10.7% female film directors in Hollywood as of 2019*. Moreover, only 21.3% of short films are directed by women; and only 7 women have ever been nominated for Best Director at the Academy Awards*. In light of these figures, the need to reduce bias and achieve greater gender balance is both striking and urgent.
In 2021, L'Oréal Paris launched the inaugural Lights On Women Award which honors one rising female filmmaker in partnership with the Short Films competition of the Festival de Cannes. Each year, one winner will be hand-picked from a selection of the Festival de Cannes' Short Films competition and from international film schools' short film programs to receive financial support of up to 30,000€, a platform for increased visibility and access to a "sisterhood" of cinematic talent.