New head of France 3 Cinéma
The first six months of 2003 saw the Gallic TV channel extend funding to include first films. This is one of the many successful initiatives launched by the outgoing director of the channel, Jean-Claude Lamy - the man behind hits like Dancer in the Dark by Lars von Trier and Amélie.
Lamy's successor is Isabelle Peyrefitte, formerly head of the French pubcaster's co-production and pre-acquisitions department.
After six years at the helm during which he enjoyed numerous professional and personal successes, Lamy felt it was time to move on. He leaves Peyrefitte an excellent legacy that includes seven films selected for this year's Cannes Film Festival: Dogville [+see also:
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film profile] screened out of competition, Kiss of Life in Un Certain Regard and Les Lionceaux in Directors' Fortnight.
In 2002, France 3 Cinéma produced 27 features and invested a total of Euros23.99m: nearly Euros14m in pre-acquisitions and Euros9.95 in co-productions.
Isabelle Peyrefitte proved her worth at StudioCanal, where she was head of Studio Image until the end of 2002.
(Translated from French)
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