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My French Film Festival Announces 2013's Winning Films and Sets 2014 Dates

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood April 2, 2013 at 12:41PM

The fourth edition of My French Film Festival has been set for January 17 through February 17, 2014. This year's edition of the worldwide online fest, which saw 750,000 registrants from 189 countries streaming the fest's selection of 10 competition films, three non-competition and 10 short films (all French, naturellement), has announced its five winners.
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"A Bottle in the Gaza Sea"
"A Bottle in the Gaza Sea"

The fourth edition of My French Film Festival has been set for January 17 through February 17, 2014. This year's edition of the worldwide online fest, which saw 750,000 registrants from 189 countries streaming the fest's selection of 10 competition films, three non-competition and 10 short films (all French, naturellement), has announced its five winners. 

The five award-winning film will be shown on Air France for six months starting this summer:

  • Public Prize:  A Bottle in the Gaza Sea, directed by Thierry Binisti (feature) 
  • International Director’s Prize (jury composed of Emanuele Crialese, Lucrecia Martel and Wang Xiaoshuai, presided by Michel Hazanavicius): Leader-Sheep, directed by Christian Rouaud (feature) 
  • International Press Prize (jury composed of Corless Kleron (Sight & Sound, UK), Cristina Piccino (Il Manifesto, Italy), Dennis Lim (Moving Image Source, USA), Diego Batlle (La Nacion, Argentina), Julie Rigg (freelance, Australia), Laisa Yusipova (Izvestia, Russia), Miriam Hollstein (Die Welt, Germany), Mohamad Kadry (Khaleej Time, UAE), Salvador Liopart Garcia (La Vanguardia, Spain), Shen Yi (Oriental Morning, China)): The Pirogue, directed by Moussa Touré (feature)
  • Numericable Social Networks Prize (jury composed of 100 Internet users from 20 different countries on Facebook and Twitter, presided by Nikki Finke from deadline.com): On Air, directed by Pierre Pinaud  (feature) 
  • Beauty and the Beat, directed by Yann Le Quellec (short),received all the short films prizes: the Public Prize, the Social Networks Prize, and the International Press Prize. 

This article is related to: Festivals, Awards, My French Film Festival


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.