The Women of Cannes 2014

Since its start last Wednesday, we've seen the designer dresses and classy couples in attendance at the Cannes Film Festival.  But the event also has a few important players who have yet to be doused in the Parisian spotlight.  These are the women behind the movies of Cannes, an event predominantly run and won by men.  Some of our favorite leading ladies are at the festival supporting their films and 20 female directors from all over the world are there as well.  Click through the gallery to meet The Women of Cannes 2014 and learn more about the great work they're contributing.

One standout is New Zealand director Jane Campion.  She is the only female director to ever receive the Palme d'Or, the festival's most prestigious prize, and the second of four women to be nominated for Best Director at the Academy Awards. Only one woman, Kathryn Bigelow, has ever won an Oscar for Best Director. She received the award for "The Hurt Locker" in 2008. This year, only two female directors have films in the running for the Palme d'Or and Campion is on the category's jury. In fact, she's its president. Campion is in a league of her own, as shown by the graphic below, which provides more background on the disconcerting presence and success of female directors at the film festival. Here's to hoping this year will be different. 





Photo credits: Getty Images/The Guardian