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My French Film Festival notches up 6.5 million viewings

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- The previous record of the online festival organised by Unifrance has been smashed to smithereens; the filmmakers’ jury chaired by Nicolas Winding Refn has crowned Alleluia

My French Film Festival notches up 6.5 million viewings
Alleluia by Fabrice du Welz

The sixth edition of the My French Film Festival (read the news), the online event organised from 18 January to 18 February by Unifrance via the site myFrenchFilmFestival.com and on 37 partner platforms in 90 countries, has racked up some spectacular results. With 6.5 million viewings of the French features and short films on the programme, the 2014 record of 4 million viewings has been smashed to pieces. Interestingly, the top five countries that recorded the most visits this year were the United States, Mexico, France, Russia and Canada, in that order, and the most-seen feature was 20 ans d'écart [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
 by David Moreau, ahead of Catherine Corsini’s Summertime [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
.

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The Filmmakers’ Jury Award (the jury was chaired by Nicolas Winding Refn, and included Marjane Satrapi, Valérie Donzelli, Felix Van Groeningen and David Robert Mitchell) was given to the Franco-Belgian co-production Alleluia [+see also:
film review
trailer
making of
film focus
interview: Fabrice Du Welz
film profile
]
 by Fabrice du Welz. The Audience Award for Best Feature singled out Les Châteaux de sable [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
by Olivier Jahan, while the international press crowned Heatwave [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
 by Raphaël Jacoulot.

Here is the full list of winners: 

Filmmakers’ Jury Award
Alleluia [+see also:
film review
trailer
making of
film focus
interview: Fabrice Du Welz
film profile
]
 – Fabrice du Welz

Audience Award for Best Feature Film 
Les Châteaux de sable [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
– Olivier Jahan

Audience Award for Best Short Film 
Au sol – Alexis Michalik 

International Press Award for Best Feature
Heatwave [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
 – Raphaël Jacoulot

International Press Award for Best Short Film 
Sunday Lunch – Céline Devaux

(Translated from French)

Bridging the Dragon
 

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