French Films and the Red Carpet

The film industry wants to roll out the red carpet for the Francophone world by organizing the equivalent of the Oscars for French films. What a great idea! The project is already headed towards its goal with the organization of the first ceremony to be held in July 2013 in one of the 60 countries of the International Organisation of La Francophonie (IOF). French film makers and artists around the world will be able to showcase their achievements!

Interviewed on several forums last week, Henry Welsh, the Canadian representative of the Association des trophées francophones du cinema created last year in Cannes, explained how the awards will be granted. Countries of the IOF may submit a maximum of three films that must meet, among other things, the following criteria: more than 51% the dialogue within the film must be in French and its director must be able to speak French.

For this first ceremony, prizes will be awarded in nine categories Best Film, Best Screenplay, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Technical Contribution and Best Short Film. We will have to wait until February 2013, to know which films will be up for a potential nomination and nominations themselves will be unveiled at the next Cannes Film Festival.

Unofficially Named

Currently, the ceremony has been given the unofficial name of "Soirée des Trophées francophones du cinema". The statuette to be awarded to the winners is already in the works, but no name has been found. Do you have an idea? Do you know of a French actor or a French-language film maker that lend his or her name to a prestigious international Francophone award? Do you think a well-known Canadian might inspire the organisers?

After the Canadian Genie Awards, Quebec’s Prix Jutras and France’s Prix César, the Trophées francophones du cinema (TFC), their temporary name, will give new life to French film productions worldwide.

Although the host country of the first ceremony is not yet known, one thing is certain, it will not be Canada, France or Belgium, since these countries already have a strong French film culture. I don’t know about you, but on July 2013, my TV will be set to TV5 Monde!

Philippe Daoust