Because it resolutely focuses on the creative output of younger filmmakers, is inventive, and conducive to intercultural rapprochement, Unifrance has been accompanying the Trouville Off-Courts Film Festival (September 4 through 11) for many years and supports the organization of its market where buyers, distributors, programmers, and professionals from distant horizons come together.
The Off-Courts Festival is one of the very first face-to-face film events to be held after the health crisis provoked by Covid-19. It is in this particular context that UniFrance wished to strengthen its presence, affirm its attachment to short films, and forge links with those who will make the "cinema of tomorrow."
Wednesday, September 9, 5 to 6 pm, a web TV round table will be held: The future of the distribution of French short films internationally. In the presence of the following Unifrance staff: Daniela Elstner (executive director), Axel Scoffier (deputy managing director), Christine Gendre (head of the short film department); and with the participation of a representative panel of distributors:
On the same day, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, we will welcome the professionals of the sector at the Cures Marines, for a cocktail in honor of the winners, directors, and producers of the thirty-nine films of the selection of the 18th UniFrance Short Film Awards. In partnership with La Fête du court métrage, we will also present the Distributor's Award, which honors a company not only for the way it promotes its titles in festivals abroad, but also for the way it gives them visibility in commercial circuits.
On Thursday, September 10, from 1 to 2.30 pm, a screening – Carte blanche UniFrance – of almost all the films on the prize list will be organized at the Salon des Gouverneurs at the Trouville Casino, in the presence of the winners and two members of the jury: Isabelle Gibbal-Hardy (Le Grand Action cinema) and Reza Serkanian (director).
Lastly, during the closing night ceremony on Friday, September 11, a UniFrance Award – in partnership with TitraFilm – willl be attributed to one of the seventeen French films in competition this year at Off-Courts.