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Posted March 16, 2012

20th Annual VCU and UR French Film Festival Hosts Special Symposium

 Richmond , VA —To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the French Film Festival presented by co-academic partners Virginia Commonwealth University and University of Richmond, a unique and special symposium, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Richard Lounsbery Foundation, will be held from March 26th to the 28th entitled “French Film: Arts, Science, and Technology at Work for Humanity”. An impressive group of over fifty-five actors, directors, film critics, artist-technicians, and film engineers will present research in special-effects, optics, as well as latest film projects. The three-day event will take place in the Ukrop Auditorium on the University of Richmond campus. Entrance is free and open to the public but seats are limited.


The symposium, French Film: Arts, Science & Technology at Work for Humanity, marks the largest gathering of French cinema industry specialists in the United States . Film as Living Art will be emphasized on the first day of the Symposium. Science and digital technology in filmmaking and the question, “Tomorrow’s cinema and where is it heading”, will be explored on the second day by the leaders in the industry: Christian Guillon (special effects),  Pierre-William Glenn (digitalization standards), Denis Auboyer (post-production and subtitling), Jean-Pierre Beauviala (camera engineering) amongst others.  Building upon French director Bertrand Tavernier’s  statement, “images/films are weapons of mass construction,” the third day of the Symposium will underline the importance film has as a creative medium impacting mankind’s hope and progress toward an enlightened future. Speakers will include iconic director René Vautier, for his first time appearance in the United States , known since the 1950s for his anti-colonial cinematographic work and unending human rights activism. Director Gilles Porte will present his latest film and scientific project Portraits-Self-portraits concerning early graphic self- expressions of children in different cultural contexts. French director Vincent Glenn demonstrates filmmaking at work for humanity by questioning current economic and global practices while signaling the urgency for a healthier world with social and economic justice.   

Special screenings at the symposium are also free and open for all.  Symposium films include: Indices, Nantes Sud-Aviation, Afrique 50, Microcosmos, Protéa, and Hitchcock et la Nouvelle Vague.

Directly following the three-day symposium, the 20th French Film Festival will take place from March 29th to April 1st. Recognized as the largest and most important French film event in North America, the Festival will feature a selection of 15 new full-length films and 15 new film shorts, presented by their actors and/or directors, in Richmond’s historic Byrd Theatre. Among the 55 member delegation from France , many French stars and directors who have marked the 20 year history of the Festival will be returning to Richmond to pay tribute to this unique event. For example, the Festival will also bring director Jean-Paul Rappeneau and his blockbuster film Cyrano de Bergerac back twenty years later for a special free screening on Saturday evening as one of its 20th year commemorative celebrations.

Technicians responsible for the Cannes Film Festival come to Richmond to tweak the sound and projectors in the Byrd for the annual French Film Festival, making it the optimal place to view French films in the United States . All films are subtitled in English.


Travelers, for more information on the Symposium or Festival, please visit http://frenchfilmfestival.us




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