Patrice Courtaban, TV5 Monde USA COO : « Partnering with My French Film Festival is a natural development »

December 23, 2013 | By FRENCH CULTURE FILM

Following the success of in 2013, the leading worldwide internet-based French film festival returns this January. From January 17 - February 17, 2014, cinema lovers from all over the world will be able to access the 10 feature films and 10 short films in 13 languages that make up this year's festival program online.

For the occasion, we asked Patrice Courtaban, TV5 Monde USA COO, a few questions about the channel's participation in this year's edition of the festival.

French Culture: How important is cinema in TV5 Monde programming?

Patrice Courtaban: Patrice Courtaban: French-language cinema is a very important part of our programming in the United States. As a premium channel, TV5MONDE USA offers three new feature films each week, a total of more than 150 features per year. TV5MONDE USA's film selection varies from recent releases and box office hits, to international successes and timeless classics.  TV5MONDE USA offers special film tributes and events such as the Cannes Film Festival, as well as award winning French-language films from  Belgium, Switzerland, Canada, Québec and French-speaking Africa. In January our viewers will enjoy a great film selection to start the new year, such as the hit comedy Rien à déclarer with Dany Boon, L'Enfant d'en haut with Lea Seydoux, and Mobile Home directed by François Pirot. Most of the films we broadcast in the U.S. are subtitled in English and about half of our U.S. susbcribers are American francophiles. 

In addition to feature films TV5MONDE USA offers a great selection of dramas and Television series. We are very pleased to announce that a new season of Un Village Français is coming back in 2014 which has been a huge success on TV5MONDE USA.

FC: What motivated you to launch a TV5 Monde video on demand service?

PC: TV5MONDE Cinema On Demand was launched in July 2013 on Comcast Xfinity, the number one cable operator in the U.S. The service is now available in 12 American cities along with the TV5MONDE linear channel.  There is a high demand for feature films among our subscribers. With TV5MONDE Cinema On Demand, we saw an opportunity to expand our cinema offering in the U.S. and increase our customer satisfaction and retention. TV5MONDE Cinema On Demand offers 15 films each month that can be viewed at no additional cost by our subscribers. Our subscribers are getting access to a cinema, offering close to 300 titles each year with TV5MONDE and TV5MONDE Cinema on Demand. Each month TV5MONDE Cinema On Demand presents a special theme with a combination of recent releases and timeless classics: a tribute to an actor or actress such as Jean Dujardin, Romy Schneider, Gérard Depardieu, romantic comedies, family movies, and a selection of films in conjunction with a U.S. film festival. TV5MONDE Cinema On Demand's film selection is also available to our subscribers online at and via the Xfinity Apps on smartphones and tablets at no additional costs.

FC: You have a new partnership with My French Film Festival, a worldwide online film festival created by Unifrance. Can you tell us more about it?

PC: TV5MONDE USA has been a partner of My French Film Festival since the first edition. My French Film Festival is a global online French Film Festival offering a great selection of French films theatrically released in France during the year, while showcasing new directors and talents. With the launch of TV5MONDE Cinema On Demand, it was a natural development for us to expand our partnership with UniFrance and My French Film Festival, and offer a selection of films presented at this year festival on our VOD platform. Our subscribers on Xfinity will be able to watch a great selection of feature films in competition this year as part of their TV5MONDE Cinema On Demand service between January 17 and February 17, 2014.

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