The trailer, program, and juries for the 12th edition of MyFrenchFilmFestival announced!

MyFrenchFilmFestival is back with 30 films on offer: features and shorts, all subtitled in 10 languages and available worldwide between January 14 and February 14, 2022.

Discover the trailer, program, and jury members for the 12th edition of MyFrenchFilmFestival!

The 2022 film selection is divided into thematic sections that reflect the diversity and vitality of French-language cinema: take a look below to see the selection in images!

French and Furious: a selection of films that are dynamite in the new-generation auteur cinema scene

Bold Youth: different perspectives on the unconditional energy of youth

Troubled Identities: when the search for meaning starts with a search for a sense of self

A Cinema of Desire: a little tour of awakenings to love, desire, and sensuality

Night Tales focuses on what we become between nightfall and dawn.

Through time or space, Voyage, Voyage offers us a chance to discover new horizons.

This year, Kids Corner brings a selection of silent animated shorts directed by promising young directors fresh out of film school.

The films will be available from January 14 on the platform and on over seventy partner platforms all around the world. Short films are available free of charge in all countries, and feature films are available for viewing individually for €1.99 (or purchase a Festival Pack for €7.99). Both short films and features will be available free of charge in Africa, Latin America, Romania, Poland, Russia/CIS, South-East Asia, and South Korea.

International Jury 2022:

  • Michelle Couttolenc: A film and sound enthusiast since the age of 14, Michelle Couttolenc is a sound engineer. She studied sound engineering in France, specializing in sound mixing, with the goal of intensifying the spectator's emotional experience. Her career covers over 100 films, including Pan's Labyrinth, Güeros, Silent Light, and I'm No Longer Here. She has won the Best Sound Award in Mexico six times and in April 2021, she won the Oscar®️, BAFTA, CAS, and AMPS Awards for her work on Sound of Metal. When she is not in the mixing studio, Michelle likes to spend time with her family and to eat desserts.

  • Joachim Lafosse: Joachim Lafosse was born in 1975 in Brussels. A graduate of the IAD, he directed his first feature film, Private Madness, in 2003 (in competition at Locarno). In 2006, he directed Ça rend heureux (in competition at Locarno) and Nue propriété starring Isabelle Huppert (in competition at Venice). In 2007, he directed Private Lessons (Directors' Fortnight). Joachim Lafosse's career has gathered speed with each new film, as shown by the national and international recognition he earned for Our Children (presented at Un Certain Regard and winner of the Best Actress Award for Émilie Dequenne). In 2015, he directed The White Knights starring Vincent Lindon, Valérie Donzelli, Louise Bourgoin, and Reda Kateb, selected at Toronto - 2015 (Best Director Award). After Love (Directors' Fortnight), starring Bérénice Bejo and Cédric Kahn, was highly acclaimed by the press and public. In 2018, he directed Virginie Efira and Kacey Mottet Klein in Keep Going, presented at Venice. In 2021, The Restless, starring Leïla Bekhti and Damien Bonnard, was selected at Cannes.

  • Filippo Meneghetti: Born in Padua, Italy, Filippo Meneghetti started out working in the independent movie scene in New York. After studying film, then anthropology in Rome, he worked as first assistant director. He went on to direct the short films Undici (co-directed with Piero Tomaselli), L’intruso, and La Bête, which were selected and won awards at numerous international film festivals. In 2019, he directed his debut feature, Two of Us, which, after premiering at TIFF, attracted praise at over eighty film festivals around the world and was sold in thirty countries. Two of Us won over twenty-five awards in France and abroad, including the César Award for Best Film and two Lumière Awards (Best Film and Best Actress). It was nominated for a Golden Globe Award in the Best Foreign Film category and was selected by France as its Oscar candidate in 2021. Filippo has lived and worked in France since 2013.

  • Santiago Mitre: Santiago Mitre was born in Buenos Aires in 1980. After studying film, he began his directing films in 2004 as a co-director and co-screenwriter. In 2011, he directed his first feature, The Student, which won the Special Jury Prize at the Locarno Film Festival. His second feature, Paulina, was selected at Critics' Week at Cannes, where it won the Grand Prize and the FIPRESCI Prize. The Summit, his third feature, was presented in the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes in 2017, and was a box office success in Argentina. In 2021, he shot his first non-Argentinian film, 15 Ways to Kill Your Neighbour, in various locations in France, with a cast of Argentinian and French actors. He is currently in post-production for 1985, Argentine, a historical film about the most famous trial in Argentinian history, starring Ricardo Darín and produced by Amazon Studios.

  • Daphné Patakia: Daphné Patakia is a Belgian-Greek actor. After growing up in Brussels, she studied acting at the Greek National Theater in Athens, graduating in 2013. She went on to perform in a number of Greek films, and was honored at the Shooting Stars event at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2016. The following year, she played the lead role in Tony Gatlif's film Djam, which was presented in the Official Selection at Cannes. In 2018, she was cast by Yorgos Lanthimos in the short film Nimic opposite Matt Dillon. One year later, she played in the series OVNI(s) alongside Melvil Poupaud. In 2021, Daphné Patakia was in competition at Cannes for Benedetta by Paul Verhoeven, also starring Virginie Efira.

International Press Jury 2022:

  • Carlos Helí De Almeida, Brazil: film critic

  • Jason Salomons, United Kingdom: Totally Wired, BBC News, "Seen Any Good Films Lately?"

  • Alejandra Trelles, Uruguay: La Diaria

  • Dzevdet Tuzlic, Bosnia-Herzegovina: BHT 1

  • Fiona Williams, Australia: SBS Movies

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Save the date for January 14,
and long live cinema!

In France, only the short films are available.

Posted on Wednesday, January 5, 2022

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