PRIZES AWARDED BY THE JURY OF LA SEMAINE DE LA CRITIQUE
NESPRESSO GRAND PRIZE
The Nespresso Grand Prize is awarded by the jury of La Semaine de la Critique to one of the seven feature films in competition. Nespresso are awarding €15,000 to the winning director. For the seventh consecutive year, Nespresso supports emerging talents by collaborating with the Grand Prize of La Semaine de la Critique. 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), Santiago Mitre for Paulina (2015) and Oliver Laxe for Mimosas (2016).
FRANCE 4 VISIONARY AWARD
The France 4 Visionary Award is given by the Jury of la Semaine de la Critique 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 sixth year in a row, confirming its support to independent cinema. With this award, France 4 grants €4,000 to the winning director. In the past five years, France 4 has accompanied 5 talented directors awarded the Visionary Award: Ilian Metev for Sofia’s Last Ambulance (2012), Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza for Salvo (2013), Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy for The Tribe (Plemya) in 2014, César Augusto Acevedo for La tierra y la sombra (Land and Shade) in 2015 and Mehmet Can Mertoğlu for Albüm (2016).
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 has revealed numerous innovating filmmakers such as Juliana Rojas, Marcos Dutra, the H5 collective, Guillaume Gouix, Gitanjali Rao, Damien Manivel, Jonas Carpignano, Fulvio Risuelo and more recently Wregas Bhanuteja. For the second year, Leica is partner of La Semaine de la Critique and supports the new generation of promising directors with the Leica Cine Discovery Prize. The winning filmmaker receives an endowment of €4,000.
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 proves the unwavering support of the Gan Foundation for emerging talents and is given to the French distributor of one of the seven feature films in competition. The winning distributors will receive €20,000 all tax included and in return they will have to come up with one or several marketing strategies for the film release. In 2017, the Gan Foundation for Cinema celebrates the 30th anniversary of its commitment for innovating cinema. The Foundation accompanies the artists from the writing stage and through the distribution of their films. Its rewards ambitious and original feature films, both fiction and animation. Corporate Foundation of Gan Assurance, the Gan Foundation is one of the most important private sponsors for French cinema.
The SACD (Authors Society) supports festivals that promote new authors like La Semaine de la Critique through the funds generated by the private copy. The SACD Award is given to one of the seven feature films in competition. The winning author will be awarded €5,000. 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 Antoine de Bary.
THE CAMÉRA D'OR
Created in 1978, the Caméra d'or award goes to the best debut feature presented in either the Official Selection, 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. In 2015, César Augusto Acevedo joined the list of La Semaine de la Critique’s directors winners of the Caméra d’or with La tierra y la sombra (Land and Shade).