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Interview With Isabelle Giordano Director Of MyFrenchFilmFestival

30th January 2018
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After a record turnout for the UniFrance online festival in 2017, the best of new-generation French and Francophone cinema will be showcased once again during the MyFrenchFilmFestival as of 19 January, all over the world!

Yesterday in Paris, Isabelle Giordano and Serge Toubiana revealed the official selection and jury members of this 8th edition.

Italian director Paolo Sorrentino (The Great Beauty, Youth) will preside over the Filmmakers’ Jury of this 8th edition.

He will be accompanied by four other filmmakers: French directors Julia Ducournau (Raw) and Kim Chapiron (Sheitan, Dog Pound), French-Moroccan director Nabil Ayouch (Les Chevaux de Dieu, Much Loved) and Filipino director Brillante Mendoza (Kinatay, Captive, Ma’ Rosa).

Organised in six thematic sections, mixing short films and feature films, MyFrenchFilmFestival offers “Internet festival goers” the chance to discover the many aspects and talents of French and Francophone cinema, exactly as they wish, from 19 January to 19 February 2018!

OC Movies: How were the 6 thematic sections, that the films are divided into, decided on?

Isabelle Giordano: The thematic sections were created to represent the diversity of French Cinema. We aimed to stop ghettoizing short films and directly include them in sections alongside with feature films. More than a simple separation between competition and out of competition, a better editorialization of the selection seemed more appealing for the viewers.French short films already talk about recurring subjects that we often find in long feature films.

OC: How is the 8th year of the festival different, or similar, to previous years?

IG: This year, we decided to offer to our viewers the “New Horizons” section (VR, interactive film, animated comic…) consisting of new ways of writing, new forms of storytelling, to show that French cinema knows how to renew itself and adapt to digital and technological transformations. This year, we are operations more public screenings around the globe, notably thanks to the Instituts français.

OC: How important and relevant do you believe short films still are in the current climate?

IG: Short films are definitely  talent finders: 99% of today’s important French directors started with short films. Shorts are so much more more accessible than long features because they’re short (!), available and often free of charge! For viewers which is the case here. All shorts are free!

MyFrenchFilmFestival can be accessed on 50 partner VoD platforms all over the world, including worldwide platforms such as iTunes (in more than 90 territories), but also Google Play, MUBI, Dailymotion, YouTube, Facebook and more.

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