Tuesday, October 16, 2012

38th César Awards - Short Films Official Selection

For the first time the French Academy has published a schedule of their activities for the 2012-2013 award season which makes me think that they are becoming more "online professional" as not only recently changed and improved their official site but also now they are sharing with the world information about all their activities, voting process and more. Very interesting and most welcomed by us that love French cinema of the great kind.

Most interesting is to discover that next year the César Awards ceremony will be on Friday, February 22, 2013 two days before the American Academy awards and one day before the Spirit Awards, so February last weekend will be very busy for many of us. Also, worth noting is that the press conference where the nominations will be announced will take place on Friday, January 25, 2013.

Now we officially know that the voting process includes two rounds, the first to select the nominees and the second to select the winners. The first round starts on Wednesday, January 2, 2013 and closes at midnight Thursday, January 24. The second round starts on Friday, February 1, 2013 and closes on Friday, February 22 at 4pm for online voting and Tuesday, February 19 for paper voting. Can't deny that is interesting to notice that online voting is closed the same day the award winners will be announced as suggests that the Academy has gone "full force" into believing in the power of the Internet. Great.

As the Academy becomes more tech savvy, covering these awards becomes more interesting for me as now information will be available and to start the more detailed coverage of a cinema I truly love, today I'm sharing the first available information regarding short films.

Short Films Official Selection

The Academy Short Films committee selected the following twelve (12) short films that will be screened to Academy members at Le Balzac in Paris from December 1 to 8, 2012. Screenings ALSO are open to the public, so if you are near Le Balzac theater I suggest you do not skip this great opportunity. Last, Academy members will receive the DVD will all the shorts at the end of December for private viewing. This is the voting first round that will select the five (5) nominees that will be announced on January 25, 2013

These are the short films

Ce n'est pas un film de cow-boys (It's Not a Cowboy Movie), Benjamin Parent, 12'
Ce qu'il restera de nous, Vincent Macaigne, 40'
Le cri du homard (The Lobster Cry), Nicolas Guiot, 30'
Cross, Maryna Vroda, 15'
Et ils gravirent la montagne, Jean-Sébastien Chauvin, 35'
Fais Croquer, Yassine Qnia, 35'
Jeunesses françaises (French Kids), Stéphan Castang, 19'
Les Meutes, Manuel Schapira, 14'
Oh Willy..., Emma de Swaef and Marc Roels, 17'
Sur la Route du Paraids, Houda Benyamina, 44'
La Vie Parisienne, Vincent Dietschy, 36'
Vilaine fille mauvais garçon (Two Ships), Justine Triet, 30'

As we can see the short films category includes short and medium-lenght films; worth noting that some short films come from famous festivals. Read films info and see trailer or photos @MOC

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