ACADEMY WOMEN’S LUNCHEON, PRESENTED BY CHANEL, CELEBRATES EMERGING WOMEN FILMMAKERS AT ACADEMY MUSEUM
LOS ANGELES, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, in partnership with CHANEL, hosted the Academy Women’s Luncheon in Los Angeles today (November 16), bringing together women from across the filmmaking community to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the Academy Gold Fellowship for Women, the Academy’s program to support emerging women filmmakers.
The luncheon at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures was attended by women from all facets of the film industry, including Zar Amir-Ebrahimi, Lucy Boynton, Janicza Bravo, Ruth Carter, Chinoye Chukwu, Kerry Condon, Claire Foy, Dede Gardner, Hildur Guðnadóttir, Nina Hoss, Nikyatu Jusu, Ximena Lamadrid, Sanaa Lathan, Leslie Mann, Alana Mayo, Euzhan Palcy, Gina Prince-Bythewood, Maria Schrader, Tessa Thompson, Diane Warren, Rita Wilson and Chloe Zhao. The afternoon featured opening remarks by Academy President Janet Yang, followed by actor Marlee Matlin, who introduced this year’s two Academy Gold Fellowship for Women recipients, Karishma Dube and Oleksandra Kostina. Actor and human rights advocate Nazanin Boniadi delivered a keynote presentation.
Dube, the fellowship’s domestic recipient, was born and raised in New Delhi and is now based in New York. She is an alumna of the graduate film program at New York University, and her film “Bittu” won a Student Academy Award in 2020. Kostina, the fellowship’s international recipient, received a master’s degree in economics from the Kyiv National Economic University in 2008. Her debut project as a producer is the feature film “Pamfir,” a Ukraine-France-Poland-Chile-Luxembourg-Germany co-production that premiered in the Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes this year.
Part of the Academy Gold global talent development and inclusion initiative, the Fellowship for Women is a one-year program that combines direct support, personalized mentorship and access to once-in-a-lifetime networking opportunities for emerging women filmmakers to further their pursuits in the field. The Academy currently awards two fellowships annually, one in the U.S. with a prize of $35,000 and one internationally for €20,000.
CHANEL’s support of the Academy Gold Fellowship for Women reflects the House’s deep commitment to the art of film and dedication to nurturing the next generation of women filmmakers. Since its inception, the House of CHANEL has been intrinsically linked to the world of film. House founder and visionary Gabrielle Chanel worked with the leading filmmakers of her time, drawing inspiration from and supporting her fellow creative peers. Her legacy of fostering creativity lives on through CHANEL’s dedication to film, which is expressed through programs such as the Academy Gold Fellowship for Women and the brand’s other long-standing film partnerships.
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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is a global community of more than 10,000 of the most accomplished artists, filmmakers and executives working in film. In addition to celebrating and recognizing excellence in filmmaking through the Oscars, the Academy supports a wide range of initiatives to promote the arts and sciences of the movies, including public programming, screenings, publications, educational outreach, exhibitions, and more.
CHANEL is a private company and a world leader in creating, developing, manufacturing and distributing luxury products. Founded by Gabrielle Chanel at the beginning of the last century, CHANEL offers a broad range of high-end creations, including Ready-to-Wear, Leather Goods, Fashion Accessories, Eyewear, Fragrances, Makeup, Skincare, Jewelry and Watches. CHANEL is also renowned for its Haute Couture collections, presented twice yearly in Paris, and for having acquired a large number of specialized suppliers, collectively known as the Métiers d’art. CHANEL is dedicated to ultimate luxury and to the highest level of craftsmanship. It is a brand whose core values remain historically grounded on exceptional creation. As such, CHANEL promotes culture, art, creativity and “savoir-faire” throughout the world, and invests significantly in people, R&D and innovation. At the end of 2021, CHANEL employed more than 28,500 people across the world.