Charles Tesson

Artistic director

As film critic, Charles Tesson wrote several important books on cinema and he is a senior lecturer in Film History and Aesthetics at La Sorbonne Nouvelle (paris III). He has wrote for many years for Les Cahiers du Cinéma, where he was the editor-in-chief from 1998 to 2003. He entered the Selection Committee of La Semaine de la Critique for the 49th and 50th editions, before becoming its Artistic Director in April 2011. He is also the President of the Aide aux Cinéma du Monde commission (CNC, French Institute) from 2016.

Feature Films

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Thomas Baurez

After a prior experience in short and feature films production and distribution, Thomas chose to become a journalist and a film critic, activity he has taken up fully since 2004, collaborating first with Studio Magazine and afterwards with StudioCineLive.

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Ava Cahen

A lecturer at Nanterre University for seven years, a commentator for the TV programme Le Cercle on Canal+ Cinéma and the radio programme Une Heure de séries on France Inter, Ava has written several books and essays [Woody Allen : profession cynique (Woody Allen: professional cynic), Cheforamala gastronomie au cinéma (Cheforama, cuisine in films), Game of Thrones décodé (Game of Thrones decrypted)]. Former chief editor of Clap! (from 2014 to 2016) - a magazine about films and series -, she is one of the creators of the frenchmannia.fr website, and its co-chief editor. In 2020, Ava and her team wrote the first issue of FrenchMania, published by Le Rocher; a biannual publication that provides a comprehensive overview of contemporary French cinema.

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Sandrine Marques

General editor of the Trois Couleurs magazine and manager of the MK2 editorial board for four years, Sandrine joined Le Monde in 2012. As film critic, she is presently involved in various schemes destined for screen education and contributes to La 7e Obsession magazine.

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Olivier Pélisson

Film critic and journalist, he is currently writing for Bande à Part and Bref. Olivier has collaborated with Zurban, Monsieurcinéma.com,
DvdLive and LeCinémadanslesyeux.com
and Canal+ Top of the Shorts. Over the years, he has worked as a festivalm programmer (Paris Film Festival), script reader (France 2 Cinema, CNC), criticism workshop facilitator (Paris, Cannes, Bakouriani, Erevan), and jury member at festivals and for the French Union of Film Critics. He is one of the contributors to the Dictionnaire Eustache, published by Léo Scheer publishing.

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Nicolas Schaller

At the same time journalist, but also film and music critic at L'Obs, he collaborates with the monthly Lui and the broadcast Le Cercle on Canal+ Cinéma channel. Between 1999 and 2008 he worked for the cinema monthly Première and he officiated for such broadcasts as Le Grand Journal on Canal+ and Dimanche 2 Cinéma on France 2. He wrote in collaboration with Alexis Trosset the monograph Martin Scorsese, which was released in 2004 by Dark Star publishing.

Short Films

Léo Soesanto

Coordinator

Journalist and film critic, Léo is a columnist for Libération, he was also published in Les Inrockuptibles, Grazia, Men’s Vogueand Premiere, to name but a few. He is also a commentator in Le CercleCinémaon Canal Plus Cinéma. He was the head programmer of the Bordeaux International Festival of Independent Films (FIFIB) between 2012 and 2018, and a feature film programmer for the Rotterdam Film Festival between 2016 and 2020. He also collaborated in programming for the Geneva, Utrecht and Valencia festivals. He was a member of the La Semaine de la Critique’s feature film selection committee for six years (2009-2011, 2013-2015). He has written a book on the depiction of airports in films that will be published in 2021.

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Thomas Fouet

He is a journalist for Les Fiches du cinéma, the co-host of the radio programme Longtemps je me suis couché de bonne heure, and member of the Film singulier jury at the French Union of Film Critics. Thomas Fouet is also the co-founder and former editor-in-chief of the online magazine Cinématraque, the assistant editor of Capsule, the co-creator of the book Les Sortilèges du blockbuster, and has been for three years (2017-2019), a member of the short-film election committee at La Semaine de la Critique.

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Carole Milleliri

After six years with Critikat.com, Carole Milleliri joins the Clapmag.com team in 2013 and becomes its editor-in-chief the next year when the magazine Clap! appeared. She also helped develop the « apéro-screenings » with Collectif Prod, a scheme dedicated to short films and she created the Ciné-Rebelle Festival in 2014.

Marie-Pauline Mollaret

A journalist and a film critic, Marie-Pauline Mollaret is the editor-in-chief of the web magazine EcranNoir.fr and a columnist for several specialised magazines, such as the monthly magazine L'Avant-scène Cinéma, and Bref, dedicated to short films. Marie-Pauline also works as a programmer and is a member of the selection committees of various festivals, including the Annecy International Animated Film Festival, and the PIAFF - the Paris International Animation Film Festival.