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Online French Film Festival Returns for Second Go-Round, Mounts Online Competition

Photo of Jacob Combs By Jacob Combs | Thompson on Hollywood December 20, 2011 at 3:49PM

Following the success of its online festival last January, the French Film Festival will host a second installment from January 12 to February 1, 2012. The festival will pit ten feature films and ten shorts in competition for three prizes.
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Eight Times Up
Eight Times Up

Following the success of its online festival last January, the French Film Festival will host a second installment from January 12 to February 1, 2012.

The festival will pit ten feature films and ten shorts in competition for three prizes: the Audience Prize (which will be up for a public vote), the International Press Prize (which will be decided by an international group of ten journos) and the Social Networks Prize (to be decided by 100 bloggers and social media mavens from 20 countries).  The top three features and shorts will be screened aboard Air France flights during the second half of 2012.

The entire selection of films will be available online at the French Film festival's website, and will be accessible in 14 languages, including English, French, German, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese and Polish.  Viewers in Russia, Latin America, Italy, China and Germany will be able to watch the films for free; those in other territories can watch them for a fee.  (In the U.S., the films will be available on Dailymotion and Mubi.)

See below for the full list of competing films:

Features
 
"8 Times Up," directed by Xabi Molia
"Dear Prudence," directed by Rebecca Zlotowski
"Back to Square One," directed by Thomas Ngijol, Fabrice Eboué, Lionel Steketee
"Living on Love Alone," directed by Isabelle Czajka
"Into Our Own Hands," directed by Mariana Otero
"18 Years Old and Rising," directed by Frédéric Louf
"The Queen of Hearts," directed by Valérie Donzelli
"Memory Lane," directed by Mikhael Hers
"Pauline and François," directed by Renaud Fely
"Love Like Poison," directed by Katell Quillevéré
 
Shorts
"Aglaée," directed by Rudi Rosenberg
"God's the One to Tell," directed by Elsa Diringer
"Specky Four-Eyes," directed by Jean-Claude Rozec
"Dripped," directed by Léo Verrier
"I Could've Been a Hooker," directed by Baya Kasmi
"The Piano Tuner," directed by Olivier Treiner
"Man's Best Friend," directed by Vincent Mariette
"The Silence Beneath the Bark," directed by Joanna Lurie
"Dear Abbot," directed by Blandine Lenoir
"The Little Tailor," directed by Louis Garrel

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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.