Kering has launched a collaboration with the Sundance Institute’s “Women at Sundance” Fellowship Program. The program’s objective is to help talented filmmakers overcome any obstacles they may face in building a career in film.

This year, the program pairs six female filmmakers from Sundance Institute’s programs with industry leaders and decision makers for a yearlong, individualized fellowship program, including one-on-one mentorship, coaching and learning and network opportunities. Over the past three years, the Fellowship has supported 29 filmmakers.

Kering will team up with the Sundance Institute to further develop its “Women in Motion” program and host the Fellows for a customized training session with inspiring women to develop their leadership skills.

In addition, Kering and Sundance Institute will present a “Women in Motion” Talk to continue to promote openness and diversity in the film industry. The workshop and panel is slated for April in New York.

“Women make up 50.8 percent of the U.S. population and yet only 4.2 percent of the 100 top-grossing films are made by female directors. However, each year for the past 13 years, 25 percent of American directors at the Sundance Film Festival have been female,” said Francois-Henri Pinault, chairman and chief executive officer of Kering Group. “Empowering women to succeed and encouraging a more diverse film industy is essential when we consider the impact that films have on our ways of thinking and behaving,” said Pinault.

Kering inaugurated its “Women in Motion” program focused on women and the film industry in Cannes last year.

The 2016 Sundance Film Festival runs from Thursday to Jan. 31.

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