Winner of Inaugural Audi Fellowship for Women Announced at AFI Conservatory
The rising filmmaker also got a chance to meet and shake hands with an alumna of the AFI Conservatory — 'Wonder Woman' director Patty Jenkins.
During Thursday night's AFI Life Achievement Award tribute to Diane Keaton — an event attended by an A-list crowd including Meryl Streep, Woody Allen, Al Pacino, Steve Martin, Martin Short, Reese Witherspoon and Nancy Meyers — organization president and CEO Bob Gazzale took a moment to recognize another special guest in the audience.
Natalie Camou waved to the capacity crowd inside the Dolby Theatre during pre-program festivities when it was announced that the Portland, Ore.-based filmmaker had been named as the first member of the Audi Fellowship Program.
Audi, the official automotive sponsor of AFI Fest for more than 14 years, expanded its interests to include the Audi Fellowship. As part of the program, Audi will support one female director for her entire two-year AFI Conservatory enrollment. It marks a $215,000 investment, per Audi. (The carmaker's involvement on the night didn't end there: Keaton, Martin, Short, Lisa Kudrow and Diane Wiest arrived at the gala in Audi Q7 vehicles.)
According to Camou's official website, she is a writer and director and a recent graduate from the photography master's program at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. Her film Her Lips was awarded the 2015 International European Film Festival prize for best director and photography. Camou's thesis film,Tereza, is currently on the festival circuit.
Also notable: Camou had a chance to meet another AFI Conservatory alumna in the audience — Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins.