On May 15th, during the Cannes Presidential Dinner, Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon presented the ‘Women in Motion’ Award to Iranian director and writer Ida Panahandeh, along with Tunisian director Leyla Bouzid and Syrian filmmaker Gaya Jiji.
Ida Panahandeh is an Iranian film director who won the Best Short Film prize in the 10th Tehran International Short Film Festival for Those Hands, which was also screened at Vienna Independent Shorts.
In 2012, she wrote and directed the TV series The Lost Honour of Mr. Sadeghi and won Best Film Script from the First Tehran Video Film Festival.
In 2015, Panahandeh wrote and directed Nahid, and won five prizes, including the Promising Future Prize, at Cannes Film Festival (Un Certain Regard). The same year, she was nominated for Golden Camera Prize and Un Certain Regard Award at the Cannes Film Festival.