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06 May 2008 à 13:02

Unifrance takes French films around the world - April 2008

April weather, rain and sunshine, both together…

Unifrance organized the 5th Panorama of French Cinema in China this April, held in the cities of Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, and Wuhan.
For the 12th consecutive year, Unifrance hosted the Budapest French Film Days in Hungary, this year extended to include 8 provincial cities.
A dozen French artists made the trip to Greece to attend the 9th Athens French-Language Film Festival, supported by Unifrance.
For further information: http://www.unifrance.org/actualites/5188/athenes-puis-thessalonique-accueillent-la-production-francaise

Festivals: Delegations
This month, Unifrance provided assistance for the presentation of 133 films and the attendance of 50 artists at 13 feature film festivals: The Athens French-Language Film Festival, and film festivals in Bratislava, Budapest, Buenos Aires, China (5th Panorama of French Cinema), Istanbul, Linz, Los Angeles (Col-Coa), New York (Tribeca Film Festival), Rome (Rome International Film Festival RIFF), San Francisco, and Singapore.

Unifrance also provided assistance for the presentation of 142 short films and the attendance of 9 artists at 15 short film festivals: Aspen, Bratislava, Brussels (OCC), Budapest, China (5th Panorama of French Cinema), Dresden, Gyor, Larissa, Lisbon (Indie Lisboa - Lisbon International Independent Film Festival), Los Angeles (Col-Coa), Montreal (Vues d’Afrique), New York (Tribeca Film Festival), Rome (Rome International Film Festival RIFF), San Francisco, and Vienna (Francophone Film Festival).

Festivals: Awards
COL-COA FILM FESTIVAL - LOS ANGELES (FEATURE FILMS & SHORT FILMS)
Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis (Welcome to the Sticks) by Dany Boon – Audience Prize
Elle s’appelle Sabine (Her Name is Sabine) by Sandrine Bonnaire – Jury Special Mention
La Graine et le mulet (The Secret of the Grain) by Abdellatif Kechiche – Critics’ Award
La Deuxième Vie du sucrier by Didier Canaux – Best Short Film
Le Genre Humain by Patrick Bossard – Short Film Jury Special Mention
Manon sur le bitume by Elizabeth Marre and Olivier Pont – Short Film Jury Special Mention

ATHENS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (FEATURE FILMS)
Voleurs de chevaux (In the Arms of My Enemy) by Micha Wald – Jury Prize
Chansons d’Amour (Love Songs) by Christophe Honoré – Audience Prize

Support for Commercial Release

Unifrance supported the release of 12 films abroad in April by providing travel grants to 17 artists:
Josiane Balasko and Gérard Krawczyk for the release of L'Auberge Rouge (The Red Inn) in Quebec
Hiam Abbas for the release of Les Citronniers (Lemon Tree) in Switzerland
Jean Becker and Albert Dupontel for the release of Deux jours à tuer in Switzerland
Pedro Costa for the release of En avant jeunesse (Colossal Youth) in Japan
Eric Guirado for the release of Le Fils de L’Epicier (The Grocer’s Son) in Taiwan and Germany (where the film received the MFG/Unifrance Distribution Aid Award)
Amor Hakkar for the release of La Maison Jaune in Switzerland
Olivia Bonamy, Catherine and Olivier Marchal for the release of MR73 in Italy (to coincide with the Spring of French Cinema in Rome)
Jeanne Balibar for the release of Don’t Touch the Axe in Spain
Tonie Marshall for the release of Passe-passe (Off and Running) in Switzerland
Philippe Aractingi for the release of Under the Bombs in Italy
Pierre Morel for the release of Taken in China
Julie Delpy for the release of Two Days in Paris in Japan
Virginie Ledoyen and Emmanuel Mouret for the release of Un baiser s’il vous plaît (Shall We Kiss?) in Italy (to coincide with the Spring of French Cinema in Rome)

Author : Communications

Latest update : 23 April 2009 à 13:02 CEST

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