All eyes on Dijon Film Meetings
by Fabien Lemercier
26/10/2006 - Opening tomorrow and continuing until Sunday, the Dijon Film Meetings will host an exclusive circle of members of ARP (Association of Authors, Directors and Producers). Four hundred film industry professionals will attend the event, including several Europeans (see news) for three days of top quality debates (see article).
Presided over by the director Costa Gavras, the meetings will welcome Véronique Cayla (CNC Director General) and Aviva Silver (MEDIA Programme Director), as well as a plethora of French television industry representatives involved in film production and very ambitious about new VoD (Video on Demand) territories.
Other participants include: Patrice Duhamel (Director General for Broadcasting, Development and Diversification at France Télévisions), Pierre Héros (France 2 Cinéma), Daniel Goudineau (France 3 Cinéma), Philippe Bony (M6 Films) and Pascal Delarue (TF1 Films Production).
Leading film industry professionals also making the journey to Dijon include: Jean Labé (FNCF President), Victor Hadida (Distributors Federation President), Marie Masmonteil (Independent Producers Union) and René Bonnell (General Manager of the Film Producers Trade Union). Alongside the representatives of the Film Producers Union (UPF), the Association of Independent Producers (API) and the Film Directors Association (SRF) are Cannes Festival duo Thierry Fremaux and Catherine Demier (Artistic Director and General Director) and, last but not least, the Head of the Europa Cinemas network Claude-Eric Poiroux.
Technical industry representatives are also not left out. Thierry de Segonzac (FICAM), Alain Coiffier (Panavision Alga), Jean Mizrahi (Eclair) and broadcasters from GTC, Mikros image, Thomson, Fuji Film, Kodak, Télétota, Alcatel, Sony, Transpalux and Digimage will attend the meetings, along with the new Internet giants France Télécom and Club-Internet, who will be under the watchful eye of regular attendees Motion Picture Association of America and members of US scriptwriters and directors unions.
French producers at the Dijon event include: Laurent Lavole (Gloria Films), Pierre Kubel (Loma Nash), Denis Freyd (Archipel 35), Frédéric Brillion (Epithete), Alain Benguigui (Sombrero), François Margolin (Margo films), Pauline Duhault (Elia Films), Joël Farges (Artcam), Gilles Sacuto (Argonauts Productions), Caroline Adrian (Delante Films) and Dominique Barneaud (Agat Films).
Among the filmmakers flocking to the Burgundian City of Dukes are Christian Vincent, Christophe Barratier, Jeanne Labrune, Philippe Muyl, Solveig Anspach, Philippe Le Guay, Brigitte Roüan, Jean-Jacques Beineix, Catherine Corsini, Emmanuelle Cuau, Charlotte de Turckheim, Marina de Van, Fabrice Genestal and directing duo Olivier Ducastel-Jacques Martineau.
Five films will get preview screenings: Private Fears in Public Places [trailer] by Alain Resnais, Demented [trailer, film focus] by Laurent Achard, Entre adultes [trailer] (lit. "Between Adults") by Stéphane Brizé, Call Me Elisabeth by Jean-Pierre Améris et Fragments of Antonin [trailer] by Gabriel le Bomin.
(Translated from French)