After five successful editions, Champs-Élysées Film Festival, created by the producer, distributor and exhibitor Sophie Dulac, celebrates its sixth anniversary from June 15 to June 22 with the same will to bring the best of French and American cinema to the audience.
COME AND LIVE A TRUE FILM FESTIVAL !
Such is the invitation extended to Parisians for its sixth festival in the spirit of celebration, with a commitment to offer festival-goers a real journey in films between France and the United States.
The 2017 jury will consist of experts from all backgrounds, deeply involved in French independent cinema :
- Lolita Chammah
- Lola Créton
- Vincent Dedienne (stand up comic, comedian)
- Jérémie Elkaïm
- Camélia Jordana
- Gustave Kervern
- Karidja Touré
This jury’s mission will be responsible for rewarding the best of the six films of the American independent competition as well as the best of the six films of the independent French competition. As every year, the audience will be invited to vote for their favorite film (Audience Prize).
During this week, many guests will meet festival-goers :
- Claude Brasseur (Guest of honor)
- Alex Ross Perry
- Elsa Zylberstein
- Jerry Schatzberg
- Arnaud et Jean-Marie Larrieu
- Aïssa Maïga
Another innovation this year is an exclusive and daring musical program for the most part Parisian. This will enable festival-goers to meet every evening on the Rooftop of the festival, the most beautiful outdoor place in Paris, to listen to Camp Claude, La Féline, Requin Chagrin, Juliette Armanet, Sarah Savoy and Piege à Garçon’s DJ sets.
For the first time, the opening and closing evenings will be open to public. So, the film The Florida Project by Sean Baker will start this week of films at Gaumont Marignan and will be followed by an evening at the Petit Palais with a concert by Zombie Zombie.
The closing evening will also take place at Gaumont Marignan with the screening of My Cousin Rachel by Roger Michell. Then, festival-goers will meet at the Salons France-Amériques to enjoy Cléa Vincent’s and The Pirouettes’ concerts.
Also at the program of this sixth edition :
- 20 French and American short films will be rewarded by the Audience Award and for the first time the Jury Award under the presidency of Louis-Do de Lencquesaing. The French actor and director will be assisted by :
- Laetitia Dosch
- Marie Louise Khondji
- Dounia Sichov
- Christophe Taudière
- Every evening will be the red carpet event which will screen French and American premieres of prestigious films in the presence of films crews.
- After Detroit in 2015 and Chicago in 2016, Champs-Élysées Film Festival will call at New Orleans this year, with a colorful programming for film lovers. Seven films having this wonderful city with multiple influences as their backdrop will be screened. Festival-goers will also be able to attend a Round Table on the role of cinema in New Orleans. This selection will officially be launched during the “Before du festival” on May 19th at Reflet Médicis, a highly original evening with the screening of Alan Parker’s Angel Heart and Paul Schrader’s La Féline.
- With a dedicated commitment to creating a meeting place between the arts, a special exhibition in partnership with the Slow Gallery will be orgnanized. It will show 48 exclusive works about New Orleans.
- (Re)discoveries, 7 famous cult movies in versions never seen before will be shown. (Director’s cuts, one-time directors, alternative versions, etc.)
- A series 4 round tables moderated by Cinema Teaser will examine the place and perspectives of independent cinema in the USA and in France in the presence of jury members and directors of competing films.
- The heart of Paris beats for Film industry – Industry Week, days for film professionals will happen again from June 20 to June 22 with the sixth edition of US in Progress and the fourth edition of Paris Coproduction Village. Industry Week’s Press conference will be held in Cannes on May 22nd at 6pm at L^A.M.E
- Again this year, the festival will support the charity Rêve de Cinéma and will organize “Champs-Élysées Film Festival in hospital” aiming at screening The Princess and the Frog to kids in Parisian hospitals.
All in all, more than 80 films and close to 100 screening will happen in all the Theaters of the Champs-Élysées : Le Balzac, Gaumont Marignan, Le Lincoln, Publicis Cinémas, UGC George V and Club de l’étoile.