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01  07  2009

Montpellier 2009

2009 Official Selection: Last call for entries!

LAST CALL ! Registration for

- fiction shorts
- documentary films
- experimental films or videos
- projects for the Development Grant
is closing Friday 10 July 2009.

The best 2008-2009 productions

The best recent productions with more than 120 films in the official selection and more than €100,000 worth of prizes in cash, aid and services for the winners in the various competitions: the Antigone d’or (€15,000, full-length feature section; the Grand prix du court métrage (€4,000, short films section); the Prix Ulysse (€3,000, documentaries). For a full list of the prizes. And not forgetting the 18th Development Grant (aid for full-length feature projects) to be awarded on 29 and 30 October. This aid for filmmaking around the Mediterranean —specific to the Montpellier Festival— has provided funds for about 40 film projects since 1991. Many of these have been finalized and distributed.

Preliminary information about the official selection of films and development aid projects will be available around 20 September and the final selection will be announced at a press conference in Montpellier in early October.

Honour to Turkey: the renaissance of Turkish cinema

With some twenty films a year, Turkish cinema accounts for more than 50 percent of domestic cinema entries— a unique case in Europe. And in parallel with popular cinema in excellent health, a cinéma d’auteurs has developed since the 1990s, thanks to filmmakers all born in the 1960s (such as Yesim Ustaoglu, Nuri Bilge Ceylan and Tayfun Pirselimoglu). Montpellier has been one of the first festivals to reveal them by showing their short films and following their careers. On the occasion of the 'Saison de la Turquie en France' (July 2009-March 2010), the 31st Cinemed comes back to this generation that displays extraordinary creative vitality and has shone at all the international festivals for more than fifteen years. There are to be numerous guests and a round table discussion chaired by Azize Tan, director of the Istanbul Festival (in collaboration with Cultures France).

Ariane Ascaride to chair the 2009 Antigone d’or jury

She was the only professional actor in Dernier été, the first film made by her young husband, Robert Guédiguian in 1980 and discovered in Montpellier in 1982. Since then the family has progressed as a team, centred on Robert of course and the Agat Films cooperative, but although Ariane was unforgettable as Jeannette, she has always favoured variety in roles and artistic worlds. She has been seen on the stage in plays or for readings—she was a student of Vitez and Bluwal—and in the first films to which she contributed with experience and sensitivity (A Common Thread by Eléonore Faucher). Inquisitive and demanding, she will be a perfect president of the Antigone d’Or jury.