Young French Cinema Program Showcasing Rising French Cinema Talent in U.S. Theaters Launches Second Edition

January 7, 2016 | By French Culture

NEW YORK, January 07, 2016 – Following a successful first edition in 2015, the Young French Cinema Program, which makes a selection of contemporary French films available for screening at American theaters and venues, is launching its second edition this month.  Young French Cinema offers a selection of today’s best films and filmmakers and focuses specifically on rising talent. The 2016 program includes independent works, high-profile documentaries, quirky discoveries, and exciting shorts. It showcases a young generation of filmmakers with a global vision and a superior capacity to combine cultural influences and create innovative styles and stories. Most of the films have premiered in the US in 2015 in one of the top North American festivals.

First launched in 2014 by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and UniFrance films in the United States, Young French Cinema has expanded this year: films will be available for screening in Canada, in addition to in the U.S., thanks to a partnership between Telefilm Canada and UniFrance films. The 2016 selection will include an independent Quebecois film: Chorus by François Delisle.

Young French Cinema films are available for screening at all commercial theaters, universities and nonprofit organizations. Each feature film in the 2016 program is available for a $300 booking fee that covers up to two screenings per film. Shorts and are available to theaters free of charge. Theaters may organize Young French Cinema screenings at their convenience around existing programming and may set up recurring events or dedicate a specific period to Young French Cinema screenings. Thanks to our sponsor Ymagis Group, all films will be available in DCP quality on Ymagis’ CineConductor, an online platform for content management (Feature & Trailer DCPs, KDMs, Cinema Ads). This program has led to 53 projections at 11 different locations in North America since March 2015.

Theaters wishing to organize a master class with a director or actor in one of the films can apply for a travel grant to fly the artist to the US by contacting UniFrance. In 2015, director Thierry de Peretti went to Puerto Rico to present his Apaches (Les Apaches) and led a master class at the University of San Juan. Director Sophie Letourneur went to Los Angeles and Chicago to present her film Macaroni and Cheese (Les Coquillettes) and led master classes in each city.

The 2016 Young French Cinema films available for screening are listed below. Festival screenings and prizes are also noted when relevant.

Full-Length Features:
40-Love (Terre battue) by Stéphane Demoustier
Venice International Film Critics’ Week (2014)

Challat of Tunis (Le Challat de Tunis) by Kaouther Ben Hania
ACID Cannes Programme (2014)
San Sebastian International Film Festival (2014)

Eat your Bones (Mange tes morts) by Jean-Charles Hue
Directors' Fortnight (2014)

Astragal (L’Astragale) by Brigitte Sy
Viennale - Vienna International Film Festival (2015)

Portrait of the Artist (Le Dos Rouge) by Antoine Barraud
Berlinale – Berlin International Film Festival (2015)

Sense of Humor (Le Sens de l’humour) by Marilyne Canto
Locarno International Film Festival (2013)

Silvered Water (Eau argentée, Syrie autoportrait) by Ossama Mohammed & Wiam Simav Bedirxan
Cannes International Film Festival, Special Screening (2014)
Toronto International Film Festival (2014)
Viennale - Vienna International Film Festival (2014)

Story of Judas (Histoire de Judas) by Rabah Ameur-Zaïmeche
Berlinale – Berlin International Film Festival (2015) – Prize of the Ecumenical Jury
Toronto International Film Festival (2015)

The Last Hammer Blow (Le Dernier coup de marteau) by Alix Delaporte
Venice International Film Festival (2014) - Winner of the Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best Young Actor (Romain Paul)
COLCOA Film Festival (2015) - Critics Award

Vincent (Vincent n’a pas d’écailles) by Thomas Salvador
San Sebastian International Film Festival (2014)
FIFIB - Bordeaux International Independent Film Festival (2014) - Jury Award
La Roche-sur-Yon International Film Festival (2014) - Audience Award

Young Tiger (Bébé Tigre) by Cyprien Vial
Saint-Jean-de-Luz International Film Festival (2014) - Best Film, Jury Award

The following film is available thanks to a partnership with Telefilm Canada:
Chorus by François Delisle (Canada)

Shorts:
Ne parlez pas d’amour by Hadrien Bichet
Errance by Peter Dourountzis
Ses souffles by Just Philippot
One, Two, Tree by Yulia Aronova
Uncanny Valley by Paul Wenninger
Maman(s) by Maïmouna Doucouré
Ni vu ni connu by Lyes Salem
A Rebours by Frédéric Mermoud

Young French Cinema is a program of UniFrance films and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States.

The Cultural Services of the French Embassy promotes the best of French arts, literature, cinema, language, and higher education across the US. Based in New York City, Washington D.C., and eight other cities across the country, the Cultural Services brings artists, authors, educational and university programs to cities nationwide. It also builds partnerships between French and American artists, institutions and universities on both sides of the Atlantic. In New York, through its bookshop Albertine, it fosters French-American exchange around literature and the arts.www.frenchculture.org

UniFrance films is the organization in charge of promoting French cinema throughout the world. Created in 1949, in the form of an association under the law of 1901, UniFrance films is administered by French state authorities, in particular the CNC (Centre national du cinéma et de l’image animée). The association has nearly 1000 members: producers of feature films and shorts, sales agents, directors, actors, authors (screenwriters) and talent agents. www.unifrance.org

Media Contacts:
Emilie Cabouat - + 1 (212) 439-1417 - emilie.cabouat@diplomatie.gouv.fr
Frenchculture.org - @franceinnyc - facebook.com/frenchculture

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