Unifrance unveils an extensive program for its 26th Rendez-Vous in Paris

The world's largest market and press junket dedicated to French cinema and audiovisual works will be held from January 16 to 23.

9 JAN 2024

26th Unifrance Rendez-Vous in Paris

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Unifrance presents the large program of its 26th Unifrance Rendez-Vous in Paris, the world's largest market and press junket dedicated to French cinema and audiovisual works that will take place from January 16 to 23 in Paris. On the cinema front, over 420 international buyers from nearly 50 countries and 47 export companies are expected to attend. On the audiovisual front, over 100 buyers and 51 export companies will be present. In all, nearly 1,000 people have been accredited for the event.

The 4th Export Day will bring together distributors, broadcasters, producers, exporters, and institutions at the CNC, on the morning of January 16. These personalities will come together to analyze and compare their points of view on the challenges facing French film and audiovisual exports in the coming years.

The evening of January 16 will be dedicated to the screening of the Rendez-Vous opening night film, "Auction" by Pascal Bonitzer (produced by SBS Productions and sold by Pyramide International), at the UGC Ciné Cité Bercy movie theater, followed by a cocktail reception bringing together exporters and buyers (cinema and audiovisual), producers, artists, and institutional representatives.

The cinema and audiovisual markets will take place from January 17 to 19 inclusive, at the Hôtel du Collectionneur for the cinema market, and at the Salons Hoche for the audiovisual market. On the cinema front, the market screenings (78 in all, including 50 market premieres) will be held from January 16 to 19 at the following movie theaters in the Champs-Elysées district: Le Club de l'Étoile, Le Balzac, Le Lincoln, and Publicis Cinémas. On the audiovisual front, buyers will be able to use the Screening Room set up by Unifrance to view some 450 programs. The French TV Screenings, exclusive presentations to buyers of new French audiovisual programs (documentary and fiction) by eight distributors, will take place on January 16 and 17 at the Club de l'Étoile.

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Emerging filmmakers, actors and actresses: they made a splash at major international festivals in 2023 and will be on screens the world over in 2024. They are the new faces of French cinema. Unifrance is proud to honor this new generation of filmmakers, who are making a major contribution to the effervescence of French cinematic creation, and to encourage the distribution of their works beyond France's borders. The list of the ten artists will be announced on January 18.

On Thursday, January 18, a French Cinema Award will be presented by Unifrance to Melvil Poupaud. Created in 2016 by Unifrance, the French Cinema Award is intended to celebrate an international film industry personality who has worked to promote French cinema around the world, notably alongside Unifrance.

The 14th MyFrenchFilmFestival will be launched on January 19. The members of the official jury will be present the day before at the Ministry of Culture for the French Cinema Award presented to Melvil Poupaud. They will then come together to award the Grand Prix to a feature film in Competition, to be announced on Friday February 16. From January 19 to February 19, festival-goers from all over the world will be able to discover a selection of 26 French-language films that have made their mark at major international film festivals: 11 features (including nine in Competition) and 15 shorts (including nine in Competition), all subtitled in 11 languages: Arabic, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Ukrainian.

The press junket, dedicated to French films and audiovisual programs scheduled for release or broadcast abroad in 2024, will take place from January 20 to 23 at the Hôtel du Collectionneur, in the presence of 130 French artists (directors, actors, actresses, showrunners) who will meet international journalists. Taking advantage of the presence of many international journalists at the Rendez-Vous, Unifrance will also be partnering the Lumiere Awards which will take place on January 22.