For a month, from January 18th to February 18th, 2019, Internet users from all over the world were invited to watch ten feature films and ten short films selected by MyFrenchFilmFestival: films by established filmmakers such as Noémie Lvovsky and Quentin Dupieux as well as by the rising stars of French cinema such as Vanessa Filho and Fabien Gorgeart, reflecting the dynamism and diversity of French-language filmmaking. Canadian and Belgian films were also available, separate from the competition.
Audience Award, Press Award, Filmmakers Award
Tomorrow and Thereafter (2016) by Noémie Lvovsky, a delicate fable about a girl and her mother who suffers from mental illness, received the Lacoste Audience Award and the International Press Award.
For short films, the audience selected La Collection (2017) by Emmanuel Blanchard, a film featuring a character with a strong psychological influence on another person. The International Press Award was given, for its part, to Blue Dog (“Chien bleu") (2018) by Fanny Liatad and Jérémy Trouilh.
Finally, the jury of directors (made up of Houda Benyamina, Coralie Fargeat, Mikhaël Hers, Kim Nguyen and Jaco Van Dormael) gave the Filmmakers Award to a bold, modern feature film on surrogate pregnancy, Diane Has the Right Shape (“Diane a les épaules”), by Fabien Gorgeart.
Created in 2011 by UniFrance Films, MyFrenchFilmFestival aims to promote young French filmmaking across the world. The short films were freely accessible to all throughout the festival, as were the feature films in Latin American and African countries, Russia, Poland, Romania and India. Over 50 on-demand video platforms partnered with the event to cover distribution in the rest of the world. All of the films were subtitled in 11 languages. The winning films from MyFrenchFilmFestival will continue their journey in search of film-lovers from around the world: they will be available on Air France planes for six months.
During the 2018 edition, the festival had over 10 million views across the globe. The 5 most interested countries were, in order, Brazil, Mexico, Poland, Argentina and Russia.
The Institut français is a partner of MyFrenchFilmFestival
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