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FESTIVALS France

Les Arcs launch call for European co-production projects

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The 1st Les Arcs European Film Festival (December 5-12 2009) will screen 50 features, most of which will be making their premiere in France including 12 competition titles (jury presided over by Hungarian director Istvan Szabo.), a panorama of films that have won awards in their country and a focus on Hungary. The artistic direction of the festival is managed by Frédéric Boyer, the new head of Cannes Directors’ Fortnight.

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The festival is also holding meetings for professionals, in particular the Village of European Co-productions. Twelve European features in development or already in production (25% of financing already secured) will be selected. Their initiators will be invited to the festival to meet potential co-producers (members of EAVE and ACE), distributors (including some members of Europa Distribution and companies made up of DIRE - European Network of Independent Distributors: Ad Vitam, Bac, Diaphana, Haut et Court, Les Films du Losange, Memento, Le Pacte, Pyramide, Rezo, Wild Bunch), regional funds (Rhône-Alpes Cinéma and other members of the European network Cine Regio), international sales agents, banks and representatives of the financial sector.
Projects may be registered on the festival website until October 1.

The festival is also organising a Cinema School Village and DIRE days where ten distributors will present their film line-up for 2010.

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(Translated from French)

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