Saturday, January 07, 2012

2nd Online World Festival of French Cinema

A year ago I was highly excited about being part of the very first French Cinema festival online as was one of the (too) many jurors. A year after the second edition promises to be a little bit more interesting, not only because it has become more available (14 languages) but also there are a couple of films that could be very interesting.

Let me share with you excerpts of the press release I got this year.

Unifrance Films and Allociné are launching the 2nd edition of the Online World Festival of French Cinema,, from 12 January to 1 February 2012. Three weeks to discover young French film creation throughout the world!

After its first edition, which attracted more than 320,000 Internet users from 170 different countries, the Festival is even bigger in 2012. The selection proposes via paying VOD 10 French feature films and 10 French shorts, as well as 3 films out of competition: "The Trip Across Paris", directed by Claude Autant-Lara, and two Canadian films, one short and one feature. Three prizes will be awarded at the conclusion of the festival: the Audience Prize, International Press Prize and Social Network’s Prize.

This year both the films and website are available in 14 different languages. In addition to the official platform, the Festival is hosted worldwide by partner platforms. The films can be watched free of charge in certain territories: Latin America, Russia, Germany, Italy and China.

The following are the films that will be shown this year.

Feature Films In Competition
Belle épine (Dear Prudence), Rebecca Zlotowski
Case depart (Back to square one), Lionel Steketee
D'amour et d'eau fraîche (Living On Love Alone), Isabelle Czajka
Entre nos mains (Into our own hands), Mariana Otero
Huit fois debout (Eight Times Up), Xabi Molia
J'aime regarder les filles (18 years old and rising), Frédéric Louf
La Reine des pommes (Queen of Hearts), Jérémie Elkaïm
Memory Lane, Mikhaël Hers
Pauline et François (Pauline andFrançois), Renaud Fely
Un poison violent (Love Like Poison) Directed by Katell Quillévéré

Short Films In Competition
Aglaée, Rudi Rosenberg
C’est à Dieu qu’il faut le dire (God's the one to tell), Elsa Diringer
Cul de bouteille (Specky Four-Eyes),Directed by Jean-Claude Rozec
Dripped, Léo Verrier
J'aurais pu être une pute (I could've been a hooker), Baya Kasmi
L'Accordeur (The Piano Tuner), Olivier Treiner
Le Meilleur ami de l'homme (Man's best friend), Vincent Mariette
Monsieur l'abbé (Dear Abbot), Blandine Lenoir
Petit tailleur (The Little Tailor), Louis Garrel
The Silence Beneath the Bark, Joanna Lurie

Out of Competition
La Traversée de Paris (The Trip Across Paris), Claude Autant-Lara
La Vérité, Marc Bisaillon
Trotteur, Arnaud Brisebois

To watch movies, check director’s interviews, watch trailers and more go to the fest official site here.  Hope you’ll participate in this incredible festival that STILL is the only one that’s truly open to the world; is with our participation that this and hopefully many more unconventional “distribution channels” could become available in regions where otherwise is impossible to be able to watch GREAT films.


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