Awards of the 53rd Semaine de la Critique
FEATURE FILM AWARDS
The Nespresso Grand Prize
The Nespresso Grand Prize for La Semaine de la Critique is awarded to one of the seven feature films in competition by a jury presided by a filmmaker and made up of four international film critics. Nespresso are awarding 10 000 euros to the winning entry.
For the fourth consecutive year, Nespresso supports emerging talent by collaborating with La 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 and more recently Jeff Nichols. This underlines Nespresso's commitment to creativity through their longstanding support for new talent.
France 4 Visionary Award
The France 4 Visionary Award reflects the passion and enthusiasm of promising young film critics for the new filmmakers of their generation. For each edition, La Semaine de la Critique selects 4 film critics from all over the world. These journalists are all under 30 and will make up a jury, presided by a filmmaker, that will reward one of the features in competition. The prize awards the winning entry 4000 euros.
The SACD (Authors Society) supports festivals like La Semaine de la Critique that promote new authors through the funds generated by private copy. The SACD Award is given to one of the seven feature films in competition. The jury is made up of filmmakers that are members of the board of directors of the SACD: Laurent Heynemann, Arthur Joffé, Jeanne Labrune and Jean Marboeuf. The winning entry will be awarded 4000 euros.
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 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 following years.
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 Sony CineAlta Discovery Prize
The Sony CineAlta Discovery Prize is awarded to one of the ten short and mid-length films in competition by a jury presided by a filmmaker and made up of four industry professionals. Since its creation in 2003, the Discovery Prize has revealed many innovative film makers: Juliana Rojas and Marco Dutra, Jérémy Clapin, Wi Ding Ho, Valery Rosier, the H5 collective, Guillaume Gouix, Damien Manivel and more recently Daria Belova. Sony has always encouraged new film talent. This is why they will award 4000 euros to the director of the winning entry.
The Canal+ Award is awarded to one of the ten short and mid-length films in competition by Pascale Faure and Brigitte Pardo who run the Programmes Courts et Création (Shorts 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 shorts by Benoit Mariage, Chris Landreth, Bill Plympton, Denis Villeneuve, Daniel Joseph Borgman and Shin Suwon.
The Caméra d’Or
This was set up in 1978 in order to recognise the achievements of young filmmakers. The Caméra d'Or is awarded to a first feature presented either as part of the Official Selection (Competition or Un Certain Regard) or as part of Directors' Fortnight or La Semaine de la Critique. The prize is then awarded during the Closing Ceremony by the president of this jury.
The Prizes will be awarded during the Closing Ceremony on Thursday 22 May 2014.
To see the winners of the previous editions, please visit our Archives