Sofia Coppola and Costume Designer Stacey Battat to Receive Variety’s Creative Collaborators Award at Middleburg Film Festival

Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Sofia Coppola and her longtime collaborator and costume designer Stacey Battat will receive the second annual Variety Creative Collaborators award at the Middleburg Film Festival in October.  

The award will honor their achievements together on films such as “The Bling Ring,” “The Beguiled,” “On the Rocks” and the upcoming A24 release “Priscilla.” 

Middleburg Film Festival executive director Susan Koch said, “We’re delighted that these two immensely talented women — director Sofia Coppola and her longtime costume designer, Stacey Battat — will be receiving Variety’s Creative Collaborators Award and presenting ‘Priscilla’ at this year’s festival. Together, they have crafted an unforgettable on-screen experience.”

The conversation with Coppola and Battat will be held on Oct. 20 and moderated by Variety senior artisans editor Jazz Tangcay. The talk will serve as both a career retrospective highlighting their previous work and a preview of their partnership on “Priscilla.”

“What an honor to celebrate the collaboration between these two incredible women at the Middleburg Film Festival. Sofia Coppola’s films are filled with characters who express themselves through costume,” Tangcay said. “From the pastel gowns of ‘The Beguiled’ to the sought-after dazzling looks of ‘The Bling Ring,’ Coppola trusted costume designer Stacey Battat to bring her vision to life through clothing. I’m so excited to cover their friendship and relationship over the years of working together, they are creative collaborators.”

Tangcay added, “And we get to discuss their latest, ‘Priscilla.’ It really is going to be a gift to celebrate and present them with this award.”

The festival’s slate this year includes George C. Wolfe’s “Rustin,” Alexander Payne’s “The Holdovers” and Emerald Fennell’s “Saltburn.” Past festival honorees include Edward Berger, Gina Prince-Bythewood, Kenneth Branagh, Noah Baumbach and Damien Chazelle. 

At the festival, Tangcay and Variety’s senior awards editor Clayton Davis will also host their Coffee and Contenders conversation discussing the state of the awards race.

The Middleburg Film Festival will celebrate its 11th anniversary this year, running from Oct. 19 -22.

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