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CHAMPS-ÉLYSÉES 2018

July Tales and 68 mon père et les clous triumph at the Champs-Élysées Film Festival

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- Guillaume Brac’s feature film and Samuel Bigiaoui’s documentary are declared joint-winners of the Independent French Film award at the Champs-Élysées Film Festival

July Tales and 68 mon père et les clous triumph at the Champs-Élysées Film Festival
July Tales by Guillaume Brac and 68 mon père et les clous by Samuel Bigiaoui

The 7th Champs-Élysées Film Festival which took place 12 - 19 June on the world-famous avenue in Paris has now revealed its full list of winners. Presided over by Serge Bozon, a jury composed of Judith Chemla, Ana Girardot, Naidra Ayadi, Damien Bonnard, Pierre Deladonchamps and Sébastien Betbeder handed the French Independent Film award to both July Tales [+see also:
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by Guillaume Brac (discovered at the Locarno festival, and set for cinema release on 25 July via Les Films du Losange, with sales managed directly by its production company bathysphère) and the documentary 68, mon père et les clous [+see also:
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by Samuel Bigiaoui (a film produced by Petit à Petit Production), declaring both parties joint winners. On the American side of the independent film competition, victory went to Sollers Point [+see also:
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by Matt Porterfield (a French co-production which competed in last year’s San Sebastian Film Festival, sold by The Bureau Sales and set for distribution in France from 29 August by JHR Films).

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Audience awards for feature films went to Yen Tan for his American production, 1985, and to Vincent Giovanni and Igor Mendjisky, on the French side of the competition, for their film La Trajectoire du homard [+see also:
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, plunging the viewer behind the scenes at a theatre, just one hour before a group-produced play is due to premiere and where unforeseen, wacky and desperate situations unfurl in rapid succession, moving from backstage dressing rooms to the control booth, spilling into corridors and offices (produced by Topshot Films and Entre 2&4 Production).

The winners: 

Feature films

Jury Award for Best American Independent Feature Film
Sollers Point [+see also:
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- Matt Porterfield (US/France)

Jury Award for Best French Independent Feature Film (tie)
July Tales [+see also:
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- Guillaume Brac (France)
68 mon père et les clous [+see also:
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- Samuel Bigiaoui (France)

Audience Award for Best American Independent Feature Film
1985 - Yen Tan (US)

Audience Award for Best French Independent Feature Film
La Trajectoire du homard [+see also:
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 - Vincent Giovanni, Igor Mendjisky (France)

Student Jury Award for Best American Independent Feature Film
1985 - Yen Tan (US)

Student Jury Award for Best French Independent Feature Film
68 mon père et les clous - Samuel Bigiaoui

Student Jury Special Mention
Madeline’s Madeline - Josephine Decker (US)

Short films

Jury Award: American Short Film
The Shivering Truth - Vernon Chatman, Cat Solen (US)

Jury Award: French Short Film
Plus fort que moi - Hania Ourabah (France)

Audience Award: American Short Film
Absent - Sudarshan Suresh (US)

Audience Award: French Short Film
But You Look So Good - Marina Ziolkowski (France)

France Télévisions Awards: Short Film
Ordalie - Sacha Barbin (France)
Ready for Love - Dylan Pasture, Lauren McCune (US)

Industry Week

US in Progress Award
The Ghost Who Walks - Cody Stokes

(Translated from French)

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