From 16 January to 16 February, film lovers in Ireland will have access to the complete selection from the 5th My French Film Festival, the world’s first online festival of French cinema. Eight feature films and 10 shorts, subtitled in 13 languages, will compete online for the one-month period.
The selection includes two Belgian films in competition, and one classic movie and two French-language Canadian films screening out of competition. Irish audiences can watch all of the films on www.Volta.ie, Ireland’s only independent Video On Demand platform. The short films are free. The feature films can be purchased as a pack (€9.99) or indcidually (€1.99) elsewhere.
Plein Soleil (Purple Noon– the original Talented Mr.Ripley) will be available around the world and on Volta free of charge for a period of 24 hours on the opening day of the festival (16 January 2015).
The jury will be led by French director Michael Gondry, with Joachim Lafosse (Belgium), Nadav Lapid (Israel) and Abderrahmane Sissako (Mauritania).
The festival awards two prizes, The Prix Chopard filmmakers’ prize: Awarded by the jury, the Prix Chopard filmmakers’ prize is worth €15,000 for the winning film. Chopard is an official partner of the 5th edition of the festival, and as such, is demonstrating its support for fresh French talents and helping boost their notoriety through this prize that is divided into three, giving the film’s director, producer and international sales team the sum of €5,000 each. And The Prix Lacoste public prize: Film lovers around the world can vote online for their favorite films via the festival’s online platform.
MyFrenchFilmFestival is organized by Unifrance films with the support of the CNC, the SACD, the Institut Français, Telefilm Canada, Wallonie Bruxelles Images, l’Alliance Française, the Cavilam and its partners: Renault, Chopard, Lacoste, Air France, LVT, France Médias Monde, TV5 Monde, Eurochannel, Télérama, Le Monde, So Film, and Variety.
The Full list of festival films can be viewed below. More information on each is available on http://www.volta.ie/collection-vod/MyFrenchFestival2015
8 feature films in competition
How I Came to Hate Math by Olivier Peyon
The Strange Color of Your Body’s Tears by Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani
Les Gazelles by Mona Achache
Miss and the Doctors by Axelle Ropert
Tristesse club by Vincent Mariette
A Place on Earth by Fabienne Godet
Respire by Mélanie Laurent
Vandal by Hélier Cisterne
OUT OF COMPETITION:
Hunting the Northern Godard by Éric Morin (Quebec)
Heritage film: PLEIN SOLEIL (Purple Noon) by René Clément
10 short films in competition
Aïssa by Clément Tréhin-Lalanne
Dip N’ Dance by Hugo Cierzniak
Extrasystole by Alice Douard
Guy Moquet by Demis Herenger
A Town Called Panic: The Christmas Log by Stéphane Aubier and Vincent Patar
La Virée à Paname by Carine May and Hakim Zouhani
Le Retour by Yohann Kouam
Les Insouciants by Louise de Prémonville
Molii by Hakim Zouhani, Yassine Qnia, Carine May and Mourad Boudaoud
Shadow by Lorenzo Recio
OUT OF COMPETITION
An Extraordinary Person by Monia Chokri (Quebec)