Vodafone Award for Ildikó Enyedi
2018-02-19 08:22 [Médiainfó - www.mediainfo.hu]
Ildikó Enyedi, Director of the film 'On Body and Soul' nominated for the Oscars has been granted Vodafone Hungary's Equality Award for her efforts in empowering women.
The Equality Award, granted for the first time this year, was co-created by Vodafone Hungary, the National Association of Spokespersons and Bézs Rádió - organisations committed to gender equality and the empowerment of women. The Award is granted to a private individual who, in the views of the founders, have done most to improve the empowerment of women through their communications activities.
The empowerment of women is of special importance to Vodafone Hungary, and this mindset is also reflected in the company's various activities, co-operation schemes and employer branding strategy. The Vodafone ReConnect programme is a good example for the latter, as it aims to reintegrate talented specialists and managers returning from a temporary absence from the labour market; e.g. from maternity leave, into the corporate structure. As for the various co-operation schemes; the operator also acts against intimate partner violence as part of its joint campaign with the Hungarian Interchurch Aid titled 'How far should this be allowed to go?'. The purpose of the campaign is to allow as many people as possible to recognise the signs of domestic violence, also offering professional help to victims via the counselling site www.meddigmehet.hu. Added to the above, Vodafone is also making significant efforts to steer as many girls as possible towards STEM careers: in co-operation with the social initiative brought to life by the international Vodafone Group, Vodafone Hungary offers 5-day workshops to young girls, where they can find out about the mysteries of coding.
Vodafone is committed to the empowerment of women, and that's why it grants the Equality Award in its capacity as the sponsor of the 14th Spokespersons' Ball. This year, the Award goes to Ildikó Enyedi, Oscar Nominee Director of the film 'On Body and Soul'.
'To us, at Vodafone, it is obvious that we do not discriminate between women and men. We only judge our colleagues by their performance and actions. There is no better proof of this than the fact that 50% of our senior management is made up of women, and the ratio of women through the entire company stands at 48%. We are working hard to eliminate inequality in society, and therefore we are especially pleased that, in recognition of her efforts in the empowerment of women, we can today grant the Vodafone Equality Award to the excellent Film Director Ildikó Enyedi, Oscar Nominee.' - explained at the Award Ceremony Gala dr. Gergő J. Budai, External Affairs Director at Vodafone Hungary.
The Equality Award was accepted on behalf of Ildikó Enyedi by Mónika Mécs, Producer of the film 'On Body and Soul'. 'Thank you for the Award, which we consider to be a very important initiative.' - said Mónika Mécs at the Award Ceremony. 'We, female artists can contribute our part to this cause by pursuing our careers and perhaps setting a good example to women who are lacking in faith in themselves, in their opportunities or their ability to achieve their goals. We believe that even if we cannot offer a ready-made solution, we can certainly show the way forward and prove that it is possible and worthwhile starting out on this journey, as women can also achieve great results. We cannot, of course, set the Oscars as a realistic target for everyone, but the most important goal is that people do their best in their respective areas, whether as artists, film creators or in any other walk of life.' - added the Producer.
The films of Ildikó Enyedi, holder of the Balázs Béla Award and the Artist of Merit Award, have won over 40 domestic and international awards. They featured in Cannes ('My 20th Century' - won the Golden Camera Award for the Best First Film); in Venice ('Magic Hunter', 'Tamas and Juli') in Locarno (Simon the Magician - winner of the Jury's Special Prize) and at other key festivals. She writes the screenplay for almost all her films, and they all have a well-recognisable, unique atmosphere. She was one of the Directors of 'In Treatment' - a film series screened by HBO, for which in 2013 she shared the Best Television Director Award with Attila Gigor.
The screenplay of 'On Body and Soul' was written in a mere few weeks, inspired by a few lines from Ágnes Nemes Nagy's poem 'Defend it'. The film won the 'Golden Bear', the main award of the year 2017 Berlin International Film Festival. The film's cameraman also snapped the Top Award at the Camerimage International Film festival of Bydgoszcz, Poland. The Film Industry Arbitration Committee of the Hungarian National Film Fund selected this film as the Hungarian entry for the 2017 Oscars, and it made it to the shortlist of Top5 nominees, so it has a chance of winning in the Best Foreign-Language Film Category at the 90th Oscars Award Ceremony Gala to be held on 4 March 2018.