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Myfrenchfilmfestival Draws Record 4 Million Viewings

The 4th edition of UniFrance’s online film festival, My French Film Festival was met by unprecedented success as results grew four-fold compared with 2013. With viewers from 205 countries, the festival totaled 4 million viewings from January 17 to February 17, 2014.

The festival featured a selection of 10 feature films and 10 shorts subtitled in 13 languages and available across 20 platforms. The top 5 viewing countries were China, Poland, Russia, Mexico and Brazil. The number of films viewed on the myFrenchFilmFestival.com platform increased by 20% with 230,000 viewings.

In the US, the films were accessible on myFrenchFilmFestival.com, iTunes (through "Under the Milky Way") and TV5 Monde Cinema on Demand.

The festival was particularly successful in China thanks to the Youku and Tudou platforms with 3.5m viewings (+830%). Short film In Seventh Heaven grossed more than 2.5m viewings on its own, and feature film Augustine more than 350,000 viewings.

In parallel, 550 commercial theatrical screenings were shown for the first time in the US and Russia thanks to a partnership with American distributor Specticast. Dozens of non-commercial screenings were also shown via the Institut Français network.

The 2014 MyFrenchFilmFestival Awards went to:

Jury PrizeWelcome to Argentina by Edouard Deluc

Public Prize (more than 30,000 votes)Feature: Little Lion by Samuel CollardeyShort: Kiki of Montparnasse by Amélie Harrault

International Press Prize (awarded by a jury of 10 foreign journalists)Feature: The Virgin, The Copts and Me by Namir Abdel MesseehShort: Just Before Losing Everything by Xavier Legrand

More information @ Variety