Jane CAMPION

Actress

New Zealand

Jane Campion © Lisa Tomasetti

New Zealand director, producer and screenwriter Jane Campion is one of contemporary cinema’s most notable film-makers. She is the first female director to receive the coveted Palme d’Or at Cannes (1993) and also only the second of seven women ever to be nominated as Best Director at the Academy Awards (1994), both for "The Piano". Jane went on to win Best Screenplay. Jane studied anthropology at Victoria University in Wellington and then painting at London’s Chelsea School of Arts and the Sydney College of the Arts before moving to film in the early 1980s, while studying at the Australian Film and Television School. Her first short film, "Peel" (1982), winner of the Short Film Palme d’Or in 1986 in Cannes, was followed in 1989 by Sweetie, her first feature film, and, a year later, by "An Angel at My Table" (1990) about New Zealand author Janet Frame. Subsequent to the multi-award-winning The Piano were "The Portrait of a Lady" (1996); "Holy Smoke" (1999); "In the Cut" (2003) and "Bright Star" (2009). Jane Campion has recently received remarkable success among both audiences and critics for her latest feature film "The Power of the Dog", showing once again that she is a major cinematic talent and an eternal pioneer.

"Shorts are a liberating form. There is really no limit to what a short can be; an atmosphere, a stab in the dark, a mood, a portrait, a provocation, a whimsy or an event. But for the emerging filmmakers a short film is extremely important and specific; not only does it announce their voice, it is still the most important calling card this industry recognises to a film career. Across the world film schools attempt to de-emphasise the importance of short films, awarding in the thousand, film degrees, bachelor degrees, masters even doctorates in place of the only thing anyone in the industry is interested to see, a knock out short : you learn how to be a filmmaker, by making films."

Jury attendance

  • President Feature films, 2014
  • President Cinéfondation & Short Films, 2013

Feature films

TOP OF THE LAKE: CHINA GIRL

Special Screenings, 2017Director, Screenplay

Brève histoire des courts métrages

Cannes Classics, 2017Director

BRIGHT STAR

In Competition - Feature Films, 2009Director, Screenplay

CHACUN SON CINÉMA

Out of Competition, 2007Director

MAN OF CINEMA: PIERRE RISSIENT

Cannes Classics, 2007Actor

THE WATER DIARY

Out of Competition, 2006Director, Screenplay

THE PIANO

In Competition - Feature Films, 1993Director, Screenplay

SWEETIE

In Competition - Feature Films, 1989Director, Screenplay

PEEL

In Competition - Short Films, 1986Director, Screenplay

A GIRL’S OWN STORY

Un Certain Regard, 1986Director, Screenplay

2 FRIENDS

Un Certain Regard, 1986Director

PASSIONLESS MOMENTS

Un Certain Regard, 1986Cinematography, Director, Screenplay

Awards

THE PIANO

In Competition - Feature Films, 1993
1993 Palme d'or (Ex-Aequo)1993 Award for Best Actress
Director, Screenplay

PEEL

In Competition - Short Films, 1986
1986 Palme d'Or - Short Film
Director, Screenplay