My French Film Festival Awards Winners


As we all know, all good things must come to an end and the same is true for, that ended on screens all over the world on the 16th of Febuary. Throughout the one month long festival, 10 short and 10 feature films by first or second time directors were available online in 207 territories throughout the world in 13 different languages.

This year the festival noted a drop in overall viewings in comparison to last year but this was largely due to the festival being banned due to censorship in China. In territories excluding China, the viewings went up considerably, from 380000 viewings in 2014 to 560000 viewings in 2015. Latin America was the territory most interested in French film this year with Mexico topping the charts for the most viewings, followed in second place by Brazil.

But this was, as we know, a competition – so what of the winners?

The prix Chopard, consisting of 15000 euros from Chopard, the official partner of the 5th edition of MyFrenchFilmFesitival and awarded by the cineastes jury presided by Michel Gondry, went to Hippocrates, by Thomas Liti.

International press award for feature films – attributed by six foreign journalists – was given to Breathe, by Melanie Laurent

International press award for short films went to Extrasystole by Alice Douard.

The Lacoste Audience Awards – decided by the votes of the audience – for feature films was given to A place on Earth by Fabienne Godard.

And last but not least, The Lacoste Audience Award for short films went to Belgian co-production A Town Called panic: The Christmas Log directed by Stephanie Aubiar and Vincent Patar.

Our hearty congratulations to all the winners! The five winning films will be available on Air France flights for six months from summer 2015.

A native of Istanbul, Turkey, Sedef moved to London three years ago to get her MA in Film Studies and never quite got round to going back home. As she once worked in a DVD company and watched films for a living, she started a personal blog ( as a short answer to being constantly asked “watched anything interesting recently?” and loved blogging so much she just kept typing . She is the biggest Tarantino fan she knows and would be unable to choose a single film of his as a favourite.