The CIMA association, which brings together 700 professionals, considers “an error from the ethical point of view” the awarding of the award to the actor, accused of mistreatment by his ex-wife Amber Heard
The Association of Women Filmmakers and Audiovisual Media, CIMA, regrets the decision of the San Sebastián Festival to award the first Donostia Prize of this edition to Johnny Depp. “We consider it an error from the ethical point of view and we say it as filmmakers, as women and as citizens of a country that the San Sebastian Film Festival represents in numerous international forums,” says this organization, which seeks to promote a presence egalitarian in Spanish cinema and which brings together more than 700 professional women in the audiovisual medium: film and television directors, scriptwriters, producers, actresses, editors, composers and representatives of the different creative or technical departments. Its founding members in 2006 include Icíar Bollaín, Isabel Coixet, Judith Colell, Chus Gutiérrez, Josefina Molina and Helena Taberna.
CIMA recalls that Johnny Depp “is immersed in several judicial processes that have their origin in the accusations of mistreatment of his ex-wife Amber Heard.” “For a film festival as important as San Sebastián to stand on your side when justice has not yet done so,” the association considers, “is at least untimely and unjustifiable.” Depp and Heard signed their divorce agreement in August 2016, just a year after getting married. The actor has never been convicted of mistreatment, although the accusations of his ex-wife have led him to denounce her for defamation, as well as the media that have branded him an abuser of women.
CIMA wonders “what message does this direction of the San Sebastian Festival want to give us, which has also signed the Charter of Parity that commits it to being a festival that does not discriminate against women.” «That the accusations of a woman are not credible? That it doesn’t matter what you do in your private life because filmmakers are only interested in what the screen shows? That art is above good and evil? Or maybe it is not art but the audiovisual industry and its economic interests? ».
The association of women filmmakers recalls that Depp lost a lawsuit against the British newspaper ‘The Sun’ in November 2020 for calling him an “abuser.” The judge detailed in his sentence: “I have come to the conclusion that the vast majority of Mr. Depp’s alleged attacks against Mrs. Heard have been proven, according to the minimum requirements of civil procedure.” The president of CIMA, Cristina Andreu, acknowledges that the case is still in full process: “We believe in the presumption of innocence, but it seems that in some places she has been convicted or at least when he had said that she had lied, some courts have said no. We are simply saying that it is not the time to be awarded an award, until we really know what has happened.
Johnny Depp, who presented the documentary ‘Crock of Gold. Drinking with Shane MacGowan ‘, will collect the Donostia Award on September 22. Before, at the end of August, the protagonist of ‘Eduardo Scissorhands’ will receive the tribute of the Karlovy Vary festival, in the Czech Republic. “The Donostia Prize is a recognition of a lifetime dedicated to cinema and has an element of exemplary character,” they recall from CIMA. “When this award is given, the whole world is told: ‘These are our role models, the people who represent the best of our profession.’ We hope that those responsible for the festival are consistent with the fact that the commitment to women’s equality is not achieved with a signature, but with those ethical decisions that define us every day ”.