PRIZES AWARDED BY LA SEMAINE DE LA CRITIQUE’S JURY
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 €15,000 to the winning director. For the sixth consecutive year, Nespresso encourages emerging talents by collaborating with the Semaine de la Critique Grand Prize. This underlines Nespresso's commitment to creativity through their longstanding support for new talent. Since 2011, the Nespresso Grand Prize went to: Jeff Nichols for Take Shelter (2011), Antonio Méndez Esparza for Aquí y Allá (2012), Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza for Salvo (2013), Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy for The Tribe (2014) and last year, Santiago Mitre for Paulina.
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 for the fifth year in a row, confirming its support to independent cinema. With this award, France 4 grants €4,000 to the winning film director.
LEICA CINE DISCOVERY PRIZE FOR SHORT FILM
The Leica Cine Discovery Prize will be awarded by the jury of La Semaine de la Critique to one of the ten short and medium-length films in competition. Since its creation in 2003, the Discovery Prize revealed numerous innovating filmmakers, such as Juliana Rojas, Marcos Dutra, Jérémy Clapin, the H5 collective, Guillaume Gouix, Damien Manivel, Daria Belova and more recently Jonas Carpignano and Fulvio Risuelo. For the first time, Leica becomes a partner of the Discovery Prize, supporting the new generation of innovating directors. Leica grants €4,000 to the winning director.
AWARDS GIVEN BY PARTNERS
GAN FOUNDATION AWARD FOR DISTRIBUTION
The Gan Foundation for Cinema will grant, within La Semaine de la Critique, an award to help distribute a first or second feature film in France in the hope of promoting new filmmakers. This Award for Distribution is given 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 almost 30 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 medium-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, Gaëlle Denis or more recently Andrei Creţulescu.
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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