The following list of directors, actors, screenwriters and other film industry professionals focuses primarily on those who have either collaborated on or, been the subject of, a film series, festival or other program that we have helped to organized. 

Lam Lê

(Updated on 09/06/2013)
Born in Vietnam, Lam Lê came to France in 1966. He started out in theater and co-founded Le théâtre de l’Epée de Bois. He’s now a well-established feature film director. READ MORE

Pierre Lhomme

(Updated on 01/03/2014)
Born on April 5, 1930 in Boulogne-sur-Seine, France, Pierre Lhomme is a cinematographer. He has photographed films for many of the most important filmmakers in the last fifty years including Marguerite Duras, Jean Eustache, Jean-Pierre Melville and Robert Bresson. READ MORE

Alicia Harrison

(Updated on 08/19/2013)
Born of a French mother and an American father, Alicia Harrison grew up in New York City before moving to Paris in September 2000. She obtained an M.A. and a teaching degree (agrégation) in Philosophy at the renowned “Ecole Normale Supérieure” in Lyon, while directing her first short documentary films. READ MORE

Calmin Borel

(Updated on 04/17/2013)
Calmin Borel is the General Delegate of the Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival. Born in 1973, he graduated in audio visual production management from Clermont-Ferrand University, while being the president of the Clermont-Ferrand University Film Society. READ MORE

Lonesome Solo

(Updated on 04/03/2013)
Born in 1986 in Abdijan, Souleymane Bamba aka Lonesome Solo grew up in the poor suburbs of the Ivorian capital as a child from the “ghetto”. READ MORE

Moussa Touré

(Updated on 04/03/2013)
Born in Senegal, Moussa Touré began his career as an electrician and assistant director. In 1991 his first feature film Toubab-bi received several awards internationally. READ MORE

Faouzi Bensaïdi

(Updated on 04/03/2013)
After having worked in theater as a director and an actor, Faouzi Bensaïdi directed his first short film in 1997, "The Cliff", which won 23 prizes in festivals in France and abroad. READ MORE

Emmanuelle Demoris

(Updated on 04/03/2013)
Emmanuelle Demoris was born in London in 1965 and lives in Paris, where she studied literature and art history in university before studying cinema at the FEMIS school. She first worked in theatre as a director and as an actor, most notably in Tadeusz Kantor’s production of Ô Douce Nuit!. READ MORE

Eric Viennot

(Updated on 02/28/2013)
Trained as a visual artist, Eric Viennot practiced and taught new media at the Paris 1- Panthéon-Sorbonne university for many years. READ MORE

Léos Carax

(Updated on 02/12/2013)

Leos Carax's filmography opens with a trilogy that has become legendary. Shot in black and white, Boy Meets Girl (1984), with actors Mireille Perrier and Carax's alter ego Denis Lavant, evokes silent cinema, the world of Jean Cocteau, and the work of Jean-Luc Godard. Regarded by critics as the heir of the New Wave, Leos Carax continued with The Night is Young (1986), featuring a trio of unforgettable actors, Denis Lavant, Michel Piccoli, and Juliette Binoche.

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Jean Rouch

(Updated on 02/08/2013)
French anthropologist and filmmaker Jean Rouch shot more than 100 films over the course his long career, which began in Niger in 1947, and ended there, with his death, in 2004. Founder of the cinéma-vérité movement and pioneer of techniques like “participatory cinema,” “shared anthropology,” and “ethno-fiction,” Rouch used the medium of film to stimulate new ways of thinking about anthropological knowledge, cross-cultural encounters, and the often arbitrary lines that separate fiction from reality. READ MORE

Jean-François Tosti

(Updated on 02/01/2013)
Jean-François Tosti made his first 8mm animated « movie » with David Alaux and Eric Tosti when they were thirteen. Along with their scientific studies they continued to develop their cinema knowledge, especially in animation as autodidacts. READ MORE

Jonas Mekas

(Updated on 01/25/2013)
Jonas Mekas was born in 1922 in the farming village of Semeniškiai, Lithuania. He currently lives and works in New York City. In 1944, he and his brother Adolfas were taken by the Nazis to a forced labor camp in Elmshorn, Germany. After the War he studied philosophy at the University of Mainz. READ MORE

Joana Preiss

(Updated on 12/18/2012)
Actress, artist, director and musician, Joana Preiss has appeared in films by Christophe Honoré, Olivier Assayas, Nobuhiro Suwa and Pia Marais among others, and in visual and sound artwork by Nan Goldin, Ugo Rondinone, Dominique Gonzales Foerster and Céleste Boursier Mougenot. On stage, she has performed in shows by Pascal Rambert and Eléonore Weber. READ MORE

Sam Ball

(Updated on 11/02/2012)

Director Sam Ball’s work has been exhibited on public television nationwide and at many of America's most prestigious venues for independent film, ranging from the Sundance Film Festival to the Museum of Modern Art New York.  

Much of Ball’s recent work –including an upcoming multimedia exhibit and film planned for the 2013 exhibition Marc Chagall : Years of War and Exile at the Jewish Museum New York- explores the creative process.

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Sophie Lellouche

(Updated on 11/02/2012)

Sophie Lellouche has always been a frequent spectator at the French Cinémathèque and great admirer of Ernst Lubitsch, Frank Capra, Billy Wilder, Jean-Paul Rappeneau and Woody Allen.  She wanted to make movies from the start. However, getting around to actually making them took her a long time.

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Jacques Audiard

(Updated on 10/28/2012)
Director Jacques Audiard, born April 30, 1952, is the son of the screenwriter and director Michel Audiard. He began his career in film not as a director or screenwriter, but as an editor. READ MORE

Sophie Letourneur

(Updated on 07/10/2013)
After studying applied art, Sophie Letourneur continued at the Arts Déco in the video department, where she made experimental films and documentaries. READ MORE

Pierre Etaix

(Updated on 10/28/2012)
Director Pierre Etaix’ films had been out of the public eye for almost 20 years due to a long-running legal dispute. As a result, an entire generation of film fans was denied the pleasure of viewing his work. READ MORE

Lorraine Levy

(Updated on 10/29/2012)
Director Lorraine Levy was a screenplay writer for television (mostly comedies) before starting her film career. In 2004 she wrote and directed her first feature film, The First Time I Was Twenty, starring Marilou Berry, which won the Best Screenplay Award from the Premier Plan d’Anger Festival, as well as the Sopadin Award for Best Screenwriter. READ MORE

André S. Labarthe

(Updated on 11/06/2012)
André S. Labarthe has filmed numerous directors including Raoul Walsh, Jean-Luc Godard, Shirley Clarke, Nanni Moretti, Luis Bunuel, Jean-Pierre Melville, John Ford, John Cassavettes, choreographers such as Sylvie Guillem, Ushio Amagatsu, William Forsythe, Carolyn Carlson; painters including Wassily Kandinski, Robert Rauschenberg, Vincent Van Gogh, Roy Lichtenstein, Antoni Tàpies; and writers - Antonin Artaud, Jean Reverzy, Bruno Schulz, Georges Bataille and many more. READ MORE

Jean Epstein

(Updated on 10/28/2012)

Epstein was born in Warsaw in 1897, to a French-Jewish father and Polish mother. After his father died in 1908, the family relocated to Switzerland, where Epstein remained until beginning medical school at the University of Lyon in France. While in Lyon, Epstein served as a secretary and translator for Auguste Lumière, considered one of the founders of cinema.

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Bernadette Lafont

(Updated on 10/28/2012)
Discovered by the team at Les Cahiers du cinéma, Bernadette Lafont quickly became the "face of the New Wave" and experienced a meteoric rise. READ MORE

Ursula Meier

(Updated on 10/28/2012)
Ursula Meier was born on June 24, 1971 in Besancon, France. Of both Swiss and French origin, she has studied Cinema Direction from 1990 to 1994 at the Institute of Broadcasting Arts (IAD) in Belgium. READ MORE

Marion Cotillard

(Updated on 10/28/2012)
Academy Award winner Marion Cotillard was seen this summer in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises and Guillaume Canet’s Little White Lies. She will be seen next in the U.S. in her portrayal of a double amputee in Jacques Audiard’s Rust and Bone. READ MORE

Charles Tesson

(Updated on 10/28/2012)
Charles Tesson has been a film critic for Les Cahiers du Cinéma since 1979 and held the position of editor from 1998-2003. Tesson has writen several important books on cinema (Made in Hong-Kong, co-written with Olivier Assayas in 1984, Luis Buñuel in 1995). READ MORE

Armel Hostiou

(Updated on 02/01/2013)

Armel Hostiou is an internationally known and award winning experimental filmmaker and video artist. After graduating from La fémis film school in Paris, Hostiou began directed short films, several of them won awards at international festivals.

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Fleur Albert

(Updated on 02/01/2013)

Fleur Albert was born in 1972. After completing a degree of Literature and Cinema in Nantes, Poitiers and Paris, Fleur worked as an assistant for many directors, such as Jean Michel Carre. Between 1999 and 2002 she was the assistant of Jean Luc Godard on the shooting of Eloge de l`amour, while at the same time starting to write and direct her own movies : The next generation (1995), a musical documentary, and Clarisse est partie, a documentary that narrates her looking for the women of her family.

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Reza Serkanian

(Updated on 02/01/2013)

Reza Serkanian was born in 1966 in Iran. He started making short films at 17 years old and obtained many awards in his country. He continued this career after studying cinema, and from 1989 on, his films have obtained recognition outside of Iran (Festivals such as: Clermont- Ferrand, Vila do Conde, Bilbao, Saarbrucken, Copenhagen, Amiens...). It is in 1997 that he decided to leave the country in search of new horizons.

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