Kristen Stewart has made no secret of her behind-the-camera ambitions and now, the actress is preparing to make her directorial debut.
The 26-year-old is making a short film about the power of women, tentatively called Water, for the new 12-part ShatterBox Anthology series created by female filmmakers for digital publisher Refinery29.
The series will “explore the dynamics of power”, with the women taking part offered creative support from Women at Sundance and Killer Films founders Pamela Coffer and Christine Vachon.
Chloe Sevigny’s short film Kitty will premiere at the Cannes Film Festival later this month, while Empire actress Gabourey Sidibe is also directing one, titled A Tale of Four Women.
The films to know about at Cannes 2016
The films to know about at Cannes 2016
Director: Pedro Almodóvar
Starring: Adriana Ugarte, Emma Suárez
What's it about? The Spanish filmmaker's 20th film is based on three short stories from Alice Munro's 2004 book, Runaway which tracks a woman's search for her missing daughter.
2/14 American Honey
Director: Andrea Arnold
Starring: Sasha Lane, Kate Mara, Shia LaBeouf
What's it about? In British filmmaker Andrea Arnold's (Red Road) American road movie - her first film set and filmed outside the UK - a teenage girl who gets caught up in a whirlwind of hard partying as she crosses the Midwest with a band of misfits.
3/14 Personal Shopper
Director: Olivier Assayas
Starring: Kristen Stewart, Lars Eidinger, Nora von Waldstätten
What's it about? Stewart reteams with French filmmaker Assayas following Clouds of Sils Maria for this ghost story set in the fashion underworld of Paris.
4/14 It's Only the End of the World
Director: Xavier Dolan
Starring: Léa Seydoux, Marion Cotillard, Vincent Cassel
What's it about? Xavier Dolan (Mommy) returns with this film based on the play Juste la fin du monde which tells the story of a terminally ill writer who returns home after 12 years to announce his impending death.
Director: Jim Jarmusch,
Starring: Adam Driver, Golshifteh Farahani
What's it about? An original film from Amazon Studios that follows Paterson, a bus driver in the city of Paterson, New Jersey who lives an inhibited life compared to that of his wife, Laura.
6/14 I, Daniel Blake
Director: Ken Loach
Starring: Dave Johns, Hayley Squires, Micky McGregor
What's it about? Written by Paul Laverty (the man behind Loach's Palme d'Or winner The Wind That Shakes the Barley, the film follows the titular protagonist, a joiner who seeks financial felp from the state following an illness.
Director: Jeff Nichols
Starring: Joel Edgerton, Michael Shannon, Marton Csokas
What's it about? Jeff Nichols' Midnight Special follow-up tracks an interracial couple based in Virginia sentenced to prison in 1958 for getting married.
8/14 The Handmaid
Director: Park Chan-wook
Starring: Kim Min-hee, Ha Jung-woo, Kim Tae-ri
What's it about? The Oldboy director's latest South Korean film follows an heiress who falls in love with a petty thief.
9/14 The Neon Demon
Director: Nicolas Winding Refn
Starring: Elle Fanning, Jena Malone, Keanu Reeves, Christina Hendricks
What's it about? Winding Refn's third consecutive film to compete for the Palme d'Or, this horror thriller follows an aspiring model who moves to Los Angeles where 'her vitality and youth are devoured by a group of beauty-obsessed women who will take any means to get what she has.'
10/14 Café Society
Director: Woody Allen
Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Blake Lively
What's it about? Woody Allen's latest will open the Festival. It is a New York romantic comedy set in the 1930s with a cast including Steve Carell, Parker Posey, Corey Stoll and Judy Davis.
11/14 The BFG
Director: Steven Spielberg
Starring: Mark Rylance, Rebecca Hall, Bill Hader
What's it about? Based on the Roald Dahl classic, the story follows a young girl named Sophie (Ruby Barnhill) who befriends a friendly giant.
12/14 Money Monster
Director: Jodie Foster
Starring: George Clooney, Jack O'Connell, Julia Roberts
What's it about? A money-oriented live TV show is interrupted when the presenter is taken hostage by a blue-collar worker compelled to turn to violence following his recent financial losses.
13/14 The Nice Guys
Director: Shane Black
Starring: Ryan Gosling, Russell Crowe
Reason to see: Shane Black (Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang) and his razor sharp wit return in a comedy set in 70s LA.
14/14 Captain Fantastic
Director: Matt Ross
Starring: Viggo Mortensen, Frank Langella, Kathryn Hahn
What's it about? In the forests of the Pacific Northwest, a father who devoted his life to raising his six kids with an irreverent education is forced to leave his paradise and enter the 'real' world.
Stewart said recently that she wanted to kickstart her directing career as soon as the right story came along. “I really want to,” she said. “I started working when I was nine. I love this industry. I love what movies can do so I’ll find my story.”
The Clouds of Sil Maria star finds that working in the film industry helps her “learn more” about herself. “I see it as a means of looking more deeply into your own psychology when you’re attempting to understand what makes your characters behave the way they do and who they really are,” she said, adding that she finds similar persona value in “just living every day and being with other people”.