“Kering has a long-standing commitment to empowering and supporting women worldwide. It was only natural for the Kering Foundation to join forces with Modern Films for the 16 DAYS 16 FILMS competition, to elevate the voices of female filmmakers in the UK, France and Italy to shine a light of the complexities of violence against women that affects 1 in 3 women around the world. We hope through this work, we can not only raise awareness but also mobilize others towards collective action to make change happen.
- Céline Bonnaire, Executive Director, Kering Foundation
On November 25th, 2019, the Kering Foundation and Modern Films launch 16 DAYS 16 FILMS, a campaign highlighting short films by female-identifying filmmakers on the theme of violence against women.
16 DAYS 16 FILMS was created in line with UN Women’s global campaign 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, which runs from November 25th, International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, to December 10th, International Human Rights Day.
The aim is two-fold, working towards a more equitable world:
Today, violence against women remains deeply prevalent: 1 in 3 women around the world is or will be a victim of violence during her lifetime, while at least 200 million girls and women have been victims of female genital mutilation.
The 16 short films featured in this year’s 16 DAYS 16 FILMS campaign denounce this violence and also highlights topics including consent, equality, abusive and toxic relationships, as well as women emancipation.
This year, 16 short films by UK-based female-identifying filmmakers - and for the first time French and Italian as well - of 25 minutes or under, were selected.
The campaign will conclude with a special screening of all 16 films on December 16th in London.
The winning filmmaker and two runners-up will each receive a prize, while the first-place winner will also receive the opportunity to create a new public service announcement for UK Says No More.
One film will be released per day during the "16 Days of Activism", from November 25th to December 10th, to raise awareness. Tune in to watch the films, available here.
Follow the campaign on social networks with #16Days16Films, to support female-identifying filmmakers and their powerful stories, which highlight the complexity of violence against women around the world.
Day 16: Futurist Woman, by Eelyn Lee
The Foundation is pleased to collaborate with their NGO partners Chayn Italia and En Avant toute(s), who participated in the selection process of the 16 finalists. Find out more about the essential work they are doing to combat violence against women:
Chayn Italia is an open source platform that addresses gender-based violence by providing clear and comprehensive tools, information and support to women survivors and those who are close to them.
En avant toute(s)
En avant toute(s) is an organisation working for gender equality and the end of gender-based violence, by fighting stereotypes and supporting survivors. This innovative organization created the first chat room in France focused on responding to the needs of young people who are questioning their romantic relationships and the violence they may be experiencing in it.