This year, the 9th edition of the Champs-Elysées Film Festival takes on an exceptional new format; it is free to the public and takes place entirely online. This is the only event in France dedicated to new French and American independent cinema. As this is a very particular year, the Festival is offering a bold programme open to all: eight days of feature-length and short films in competition to be voted on by the public and a panel of judges, plus live concerts and great surprises.
A new and free festival, accessible to all ...
Although this year the Festival cannot be held in the five mythical cinemas on the Avenue des Champs-Elysées – a popular place for cinema goers, it is nonetheless one of the unmissable events of the year in Paris, and plans to mark the year 2020 with an ambitious edition.
The official competitions, overseen by a panel of professional judges, are open to the public for a unique experience that will award prizes to independent French and American feature and short films. The Critics' Prize will also be awarded to French and American feature films.
Guests of honour, directors Stephen Frears and Edgar Wright, will bring originality to the programme and lead interactive online master classes.
Plus, Stephen Frears will meet the public virtually on Wednesday, 10 June at 6pm and Edgar Wright on Saturday, 13 June 6pm.
Personalities on the panel of judges include directors Mounia Meddour, Sébastien Lifshitz, Sébastien Marnier, Marie Losier and Laura Henno, actors Camille Chamoux, William Lebghil, Élina Löwensohn and Djanis Bouzyani, and composers Barbara Carlotti and Étienne Jaumet.
... for an exceptional panorama of today's independent cinema!
The film festival opens on the evening of 9 June 2020 with the film, Jumbo, the first feature film by Zoé Wittock, with Noémie Merlant and Emmanuelle Bercot. Jumbo will be screened on 9 June at 8.30pm on http://www.champselyseesfilmfestival.com/2020/en/ the premiere in France, after being selected for the Sundance Film Festival and the Berlinale 2020.
An online and inspired musical programme
To launch the opening evening, the first event of the festival will be a live musical performance by Barbara Carlotti, at 7pm on www.champselyseesfilmfestival.com, just before the screening of the opening film.
On Saturday 13 June, Barbara Butch will give a live 1-hour DJ set.
Throughout the festival, there will be other big online musical moments with Clara Ysé, TheColorGrey and Lucie Antunes.
Finally, the closing night will be hosted by Yuksek who will unveil a playlist specially composed for the online Champs-Elysées Film Festival.