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Online Watch Now! French Riviera Film Festival Finalists

Festival co-founder Nicole Muj shared this great news! Perfectly Provence readers are invited to enjoy from the comfort of their homes the 2019 winning and finalist short films of the 2019 French Riviera Film Festival.

French Riviera Film Festival

In celebration of short film and short-form content from around the globe, French Riviera Film Festival (FRFF), which first launched last year during the Cannes Film Festival, will present select winning and finalist shorts from its 2019 competition, online now through April 30, 2020. A new film will be uploaded each day and viewers may watch for free of charge on the FRFF screening room.

“During this trying time in all of our lives, we wanted to share these, quality, artistic works by the winners and finalists of the inaugural year of our festival,” said festival co-founder, Nicole Goesseringer Muj.

“Film lovers who could not attend the festival in Cannes last year can now watch and enjoy the works by some of today’s most talented international filmmakers, all from the comfort of their own homes,” adds co-founder Gotham Chandna.

Enjoy the 2019 FRFF preview:

FRFF 2019 winners include:

DramaTattoo: A young Iranian woman only wanted to renew her driver’s license, but when the officials noticed a scar on her wrist and her tattoo, they began looking at her with suspicion. 2019 Berlinale Crystal Bear Winner. (Director: Farhad Delaram, Country: Iran)

FRFF Best Drama Winner 2019 TATTOO (Iran)

ComedyMis’TIC: A loving father his devoted daughter and his troublesome ‘tic.’ A comedy about misunderstandings and a wonderful heart-warming father/daughter relationship. (Director: Eric Rino, Country: Austria)

Best Comedy Winner 2019 “MIS'TIC” (Austria) French Riviera Film Festival

Sci-Fi/HorrorThe Desolation Prize: A gothic horror that draws its inspiration from old Hammer Films, and the works of Val Lewton, Robert Wise and Jack Layton, combining them all into a sort of John Carpenter aesthetic. (Director: Shane Day, Country: Canada)

AnimationThe Tree of Lost Souls: An introverted 11-year-old girl uses her imagination as a refuge from the world around her, a world that has been falling apart around her. (Director: Laura Zamora, Country: Spain)

DocumentaryA Grand Journey: Kira, who was born with a disability, embarks on a unique, but the incredibly relatable, journey to climb the iconic Grand Teton. (Director: Amon Barker, Country: USA)

ExperimentalFictional Characters: Hans is just starting to discover the world. Gretel is a teen, feeling rage to everything. Everyone is in love with the Witch searching for their “virtual I” and triggers for transformation. (Director: Ivana Noa, Country: Belgium)

Music VideoRed Lion: A numinous Red Lion illuminates the path the warrior goddess Metallia must take to align her fragmented selves and restore an ever-present multidimensional vision long lost to humanity. (Director: Olivia Hadjiioannou, Country: Greece)

FashionLevi’s Film: Film about the iconic Levi brand. (Director: Ali Murtaza, Country: USA)

LifestyleBe Your Own Kind: A young man meets a woman with an abusive past, they fall in love at first sight. (Directors: Amir Zargara, Christian Lat, Country: Canada)

Best Actress: Behdokht Valian, Tattoo (Iran)

Best Actor: Vincent De Paul, Matty Boy, (USA)/ Gwyr: Reflections (UK)

Vincent De Paul in Matty Boy (2109 Finalist, USA) French Riviera Film Festival

Best Director: Bertrand Normand, The Photographer (France)

FRFF 2019 Best Director Winner Bertrand Normand's The Photographer (France)

Special Industry Award: Bruno Chatelin, founder of filmfestivals.com

FRFF is an exclusive, intimate festival that recognizes and celebrates short-form content created for film, television, Web and all digital platforms. FRFF invites filmmakers from around the world to participate in the two-day, by invitation only event that includes screenings, gala receptions and a closing awards ceremony. Attendees and participants include filmmakers, industry executives, celebrities, media and influencers.

The prestigious jury for FRFF selects Best Drama Short, Best Comedy Short, Best Documentary Short, Best Animation Short, Best Experimental Short, Best Sci-Fi/Horror Short, Best Music Video, Best Lifestyle Content, Best Fashion Content, Best Director Award, Best Actor Award, Best Actress Award, as well as a Special Industry Award. A special highlight of the 2019 event included an out-of-competition screening of the Oscar-winning short Skin, in association with Salaud Morisset.

In response to the growing concern worldwide about the covid-19 pandemic, FRFF producers Cloud21 International and Kultura PR International recently announced that the second annual edition of the festival will be rescheduled to later this summer with screenings at Laemmle Film Center in Santa Monica, California and exclusive parties and an award ceremony at S Bar Brentwood.  The festival will also feature the out-of-competition, the world premiere of the short Characters, by director Kevin Asch and starring Danny A. Abeckaser (The Irishman),  Lukas Haas (The Revenant) & Sara Foster (90210).

Filmmakers and content creators can submit their shorts and short-form content for the 2020 festival at a 20% discount, using code FRFF20A through April 30, 2020, here.

Event sponsors include Bel-Air Fine ArtChateau de Berne, filmfestivals.com, The Good Gin, NurtriVsta, S Bar Brentwood and  Weed Cellars.

Image credits: Photos/Video Courtesy of FRFF.

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