The Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York are pleased to announce that acclaimed French director Bertrand Tavernier is coming to New York for a series of screenings and Master Classes.
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.
Mathieu Gallet has been officially appointed to succeed Jean-Luc Hees at the head of Radio France, the French public service radio broadcaster. At 37, he will become the youngest CEO in the history of the station. He is set to take office in May 2014. His nomination was confirmed Thursday, March 27th by the Conseil Supérieur de l'Audiovisuel (CSA, an independent administration in charge of the regulation of various electronic media in France, such as radio and television).
On February 21st, Relativity Media (pres. Tucker Tooley) announced the creation of a U.S. distribution and marketing joint venture with EuropaCorp (CEO Christophe Lambert), according to Variety. Both companies will benefit from this joint venture by distributing each other’s films. With this agreement, Relativity Media opens up the US market for Europacorp’s films. EuropaCorp will have to pay $130 million over six years for US distribution rights.
The 16th edition of the Très Court International Film Festival will be held from the 2nd to the 11th of May 2014 simultaneously in almost 100 cities all around the world. Fiction, animation, documentary... every category is accepted. Movies must not exceed 3 minutes (without titles and credits). Submissions close February 10th.
The nominations for the 39th César Award Ceremony were announced this morning. Guillaume Gallienne’s first feature film “Me, Myself and Mum” leads the way with 10 nods including "Best Film" and “Best Director”, followed closely by Abdellatif Kechiche’s “Blue is the Warmest Color” and Alain Guiraudie’s “Stranger by the Lake” which received 8 nods a piece. Roman Polanski’s "Venus in Fur" has not been overlooked too since its scored in 7 categories.
Kidscreen Summit is said to be the kids entertainment industry’s biggest annual event. In 2013, the conference welcomed over 1,600 attendees from 47 countries. At Kidscreen Summit, top executives attend in order to "take advantage of the year’s best business networking, and to engage in critical dialogue on issues that affect the industry". France will have its own delegation, which will be led by TV France International. In 2014 French delegation consists of more than 70 attendees.
A few hours after the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the 2014 Oscar nominations, the Critics' Choice Movie Awards were presented by the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) in Santa Monica. During that ceremony, French cinema was honored with awards given to Blue Is the Warmest Color, Adèle Exarchopoulos and Julie Delpy.