Each year, three prizes are awarded at the end of the Festival: the Audience Award (yours!) chosen by viewers from around the world who have watched the films online, the Directors' Award, selected by a jury of filmmakers, and the International Press Award.
We'd like to introduce the International Press Jury of the 7th edition:
David Jenkins is the editor of the bi-monthly film magazine Little White Lies, which combines cutting-edge design, illustration, and journalism, and has just published its 67th issue. He worked as a critic at Time Out London before joining the team at Little White Lies. He has written for Sight & Sound, The Guardian, Montages, and MUBI, to mention just a few.
Pablo Oscar Scholz
Pablo Scholz studied in Buenos Aires where he worked as a film critic at Clarín, the most important Spanish-language newspaper to date. He became the newspaper's assistant editor and then assistant general manager before establishing himself as a commentator for cultural radio programs on FM Milenium. His talent led him to become a member of the selection committee of the Mar del Plata Official Competition from 2002 until 2008. He has been invited to various international film festivals such as Cannes, Toronto, San Sebastian, and Buenos Aires. He is also a member of FIPRESCI (Fédération Internationale de la Presse Cinématographique / International Federation of Film Critics).
A passionate cinephile all his life, Marc-André Lussier has more than twenty-five years experience as a film critic. In September 1988, he hosted a film magazine program, Projection spéciale, on CIBL-FM. In 1995, he began writing for the Canadian newspaper La Presse on a part-time basis. Five years later, the leading Montreal daily employed him as a permanent member of staff. Parallel to this, he writes for SRC - Société Radio Canada. He also hosts a film program on ARTV and co-hosts the À l’affiche cette semaine program on Télé-Québec. He is the author of Le meilleur de mon cinéma, a book published by Éditions La Presse.
Elena Vassilieva spends her life between Russia and France, where she came to pursue her passion for French cinema. She has been writing about the subject for seven years. Her film critic work began at a Russian website specializing in French cinema, then continued at Kinopoisk, the most influential cinephile website in Russia, where she is responsible for a blog about French cinema and for interviews with French-speaking artists.
Michiko Yoshitake lives in Paris and is the correspondent for Kinema Junpo, Japan's longest running film magazine. She is also a critic for OVNI, a Japanese newspaper published in France. She has revealed great French artists, such as Leos Carax and François Ozon, to Japanese readers and has participated in the Franco-Japanese coproduction of some of their films. She then launched into film production alongside film director Nobuhiro Suwa. Most recently, she set up her own production company, FILM-IN-EVOLUTION.
The awards of the 7th edition will be announced on February 13, 2017.