Vanessa Hudgens & Rosario Dawson Celebrate Indie Films In Cannes [PHOTOS]

Cannes judge Uma Thurman and actress Rosario Dawson were honored for their contributions to indie film. Also lauded were Sleeping Beauty director Jane Campion and the film’s producer, Jessica Brentnall, and a handful of other women.

Dawson, who has also starred in a number of mainstream films, including Men in Black II and Sin City, insists she will never forget her acting roots.

She says, “I’ve been acting since (I was) 15, doing independent films and now we have all of these women directors who are being nominated and their films are being shown and put across this audience. I think it’s fair and that’s exciting to see that over all these years.”

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The event was held on the beach across from the celebrity filled Martinez hotel, and was hosted by Calvin Klein Collection and the Independent Filmmakers Project.

Guests at the ceremony included Vanessa Hudgens, who paid tribute to the stars who were honored: “I think it’s really great when somebody gives women an opportunity to come out and stand up for what they are doing, and I’m so excited to be here.”

Launch the gallery to check out all the red carpet fashions from the event, then watch video from the red carpet…