PRIZES AWARDED BY LA SEMAINE DE LA CRITIQUE’S JURY
The Nespresso Grand Prize
The Nespresso Grand Prize is awarded by the Semaine de la Critique’s Jury to one of the seven feature films in competition. Nespresso are awarding €10,000 to the winning director. Since 2011, Nespresso supports emerging talent by collaborating with the Semaine de la Critique Grand Prize which has previously revealed such filmmakers as Guillermo del Toro, Gaspar Noé, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Emanuele Crialese, Keren Yedaya, Jeff Nichols and Miroslav Slaboshpitsky. This underlines Nespresso's commitment to creativity through their longstanding support for new talent.
France 4 Visionary Award
The France 4 Visionary Award is given by the Semaine de la Critique’s Jury to one of the seven feature films in competition. The selected first or second feature film will be rewarded for its outstanding creativity and innovation. France 4 supports the Visionary Award since 2012, confirming its support to independent cinema. With this award, France 4 grants €4,000 to the winning film director.
SONY CINEALTA DISCOVERY PRIZE FOR SHORT FILM
The Sony CineAlta Discovery Prize is awarded by the Jury of La Semaine de la Critique to one of the ten short and mid-length films in competition. Since its creation in 2003, the Discovery Prize has revealed many innovative filmmakers, among them Juliana Rojas and Marco Dutra, Jérémy Clapin, the H5 Collective, Guillaume Gouix, Damien Manivel, Daria Belova and more recently Jonas Carpignano. Sony CineAlta is keen to discover new talent, support the new generation of filmmakers and highlight exceptional work from directors around the world. That is the reason Sony supports the Discovery Prize once again and will award €4,000 to the director of the winning entry.
AWARDS GIVEN BY PARTNERS
GAN FOUNDATION SUPPORT FOR DISTRIBUTION
The Gan Foundation for Cinema has put together a support scheme for La Semaine de la Critique to help distribute a first or second feature film in France in the hope of promoting new filmmakers.
This support scheme for distribution is awarded by the Gan Foundation to the French distributor of one of the seven feature films in competition. They would receive €20,000 all tax included and in return they would have to come up with marketing strategies for the film. The film will have to be released in France within the two years following the award.
For 25 years, the Gan Foundation for Cinema has been one of the main private partners of French cinema and has contributed enormously to the discovery of new talent. It aims to support original, innovative, and daring work.
The SACD (Authors Society) supports festivals that promote new authors like La Semaine de la Critique through the funds generated by private copy. The SACD Award is given to one of the seven feature films in competition. The winning author will be awarded €4,000. The jury is made up of filmmakers that are members of the board of directors of the SACD.
CANAL+ AWARD FOR SHORT FILM
The Canal+ Award is given to one of the ten short and mid-length films in competition by the Short and Creative Programmes at Canal+. They buy the rights for the winning film to screen it on TV. Since its creation in 1992, the Canal+ Award has led to the screening of short films by Chris Landreth, Bill Plympton, Denis Villeneuve, Daniel Joseph Borgman and Gaëlle Denis.
The Caméra d’Or
Created in 1978, the Caméra d'or is awarded to a first feature presented either as part of the Official Selection or the Directors' Fortnight or La Semaine de la Critique. The prize is awarded during the Festival’s Closing Ceremony by the president of the dedicated jury.
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