Kristen Stewart made a surprise appearance on Tuesday (16th June) at the Women in Film gala in Los Angeles.
The Cesar award winner took to the gala stage, to reunite with Twilight author Stephenie Meyer and revisit the franchise that has made her a household name and a tabloid target.
Stewart and Meyer were on hand to support a short film competition for aspiring female filmmakers, which has a Twilight-twist; each short film centres on the origin stories of one of the franchise’s characters, such as Edward Cullen, Bella Swan or even the villainous Volturi.
The Storytellers: New Voice of the Twilight Saga is aimed at young women to encourage them to get involved with the film industry. The event gives women an unprecedented and golden opportunity in Hollywood. Stewart was recently very vocal about the imbalance in the industry, describing it as ‘disgustingly sexist’ in an interview with Harpers Bazaar in April.
Stewart has expressed an interest in getting on the other side of the camera herself, and last year directed a music video for band, Sage + Saints. The actress has more filmmaking plans in the future and has stated in many post-Twilight interviews that she has been working on a script for an short-film. However Stewart also has several acting projects in the pipe line, including a Woody Allen film that she is set to lead, as well as currently filming Ang Lee’s Billy Lynn’s Long Half-time Walk – which details the last hours of a solider’s leave before his return to Iraq.
At the industry event, Stewart and Meyer announced the eight finalists of the competition and presented them with a plaque. The duo joined actresses such as Kate Winslet, Julie Bowen and Octavia Spencer as panellists. The winner will be announced via Facebook next month.
Watch the trailer for Stewart’s latest film, American Ultra, below.