Two French animated films have been selected out of ten finalists, among which a graduation film, Garden Party, from the MOPA animation school. This film, like Negative Space, produced by Ikki Films, has already been round the world several times in festival selections and these Oscar shortlistings honor the quality of French animation.
In terms of live action fiction, Rise of a Star (in which Pierre Deladonchamps and Catherine Deneuve star) is by James Bort, a short film director and photographer who, in the past few years, has focused on the world of classical dance. Witnesses (a majority French co-prodocution with the United States), starring Virginie Ledoyen, is a debut short film which explores the explosive topic of the war in Syria and the influence of media coverage.
This year, no French short documentary has been shortlisted.