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Eurimages presents the Audentia Award for Best Female Director

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- The award, a cash prize of €30,000, has been instigated by the institution to promote greater gender equality in the European film industry

Eurimages presents the Audentia Award for Best Female Director
Director Athina Rachel Tsangari (centre) surrounded by her all-male team during the shoot of Chevalier (© Jaeger-LeCoultre/Despina Spyrou)

The Council of Europe’s Eurimages Fund has joined forces with the Istanbul Film Festival to present the first edition of the Audentia Award for Best Female Director, during the 35th edition of the festival, which will be held from 7-17 April. The first prize recipient will be announced on 15 April and will receive a statuette during the Istanbul Film Festival awards ceremony.

The award, a cash prize of €30,000, has been instigated by Eurimages alongside a raft of other measures to promote greater gender equality in the European film industry. With it, Eurimages intends to celebrate women who have had the courage to be filmmakers, by giving their work greater visibility and inspiring other women to follow in their footsteps.

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Fifteen films have been pre-selected from across all categories and all films by female directors to compete for the first edition of the prize:

White People
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- Lisa Aschan
As I Open My Eyes [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Leyla Bouzid
film profile
]
- Leyla Bouzid
The Magic Mountain [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
- Anca Damian
Evolution [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
- Lucile Hadzihalilovic
Mountain [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Yaelle Kayam
film profile
]
- Yaelle Kayam
Wild [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
- Nicolette Krebitz
3000 Nights [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
- Mai Masri
Song of Songs [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
- Eva Neymann
All of A Sudden [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Aslı Özge
film profile
]
- Aslı Özge
Dust Cloth [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Ahu Öztürk
film profile
]
- Ahu Öztürk
Wedding Dance - Çiğdem Sezgin
Chevalier [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
- Athina Rachel Tsangari
Thirst [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Svetla Tsotsorkova
film profile
]
- Svetla Tsotsorkova
Motherland [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
- Senem Tüzen
We Were Dining and I Decided [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
 - Görkem Yeltan

The patroness of the first edition has been chosen for her outstanding courage and commitment to advancing the cause of gender equality in the film industry. Swedish Film Institute CEO Anna Serner is a pioneer who has rendered visible the invisible, and under her leadership, the institute has achieved parity in the allocation of public funding. For forthcoming editions a different international festival will be selected on a yearly basis.

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