Nicolas Winding Refn Kicks Off “Futuristic” Online French Film Festival

French film export body Unifrance launched the 6th edition of its My French Film Festival this evening in Paris, unveiling the titles that comprise the lineup for the online-only competition. Jury president Nicolas Winding Refn was in attendance on the first level of the Eiffel Tower where he said he loved the concept of the festival because, “I’m the kind of person who thinks the internet is the greatest thing ever, since the woman.”

IMG_0318My French Film Festival is a now annual month-long event that showcases 10 features and 10 shorts on 37 VOD platforms worldwide. The idea is to increase exposure for French films and is one of the initiatives put on by Unifrance which on Friday said that more movie tickets were sold to French titles outside France in 2015 than in. The online fest has gained traction over the years with 600K viewings in 2015.

Winding Refn praised the digital festival for giving people “the opportunity not just to see films, but also to understand film as a futuristic language. Cinema is not just about the past, it’s also very much about the future.” Previous jury presidents have included Jean-Pierre Jeuenet and Michel Hazanavicius.

This year’s jury also boasts Persepolis helmer Marjane Satrapi; Broken Circle Breakdown‘s Felix van Groeningen; French actress/director Valerie Donzelli; and It Follows helmer David Robert Mitchell.

Here’s the list of competition features that are available from Monday:
A Trois On Y Va, dir: Jérôme Bonnell
La Belle Saison, dir: Catherine Corsini
Les Châteaux De Sable, dir: Olivier Jahan
Alleluia, dir: Fabrice du Welz
Un Français, dir: Diastème
20 Ans D’Ecart, dir: David Moreau
Caprice, dir: Emmanuel Mouret
Un Peu, Beaucoup, Aveuglément, dir: Clovis Cornillac
Coup De Chaud, dir: Raphaël Jacoulot
L’Affaire SK1, dir: Frédéric Tellier

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