The 2019 Prix d’Ornano-Valenti – Deauville American Film Festival


During the Award Ceremony of the Deauville American Film Festival, the 2019 Prix d’Ornano-Valenti is awarded by Jean-Guillaume d’Ornano, President of the Jury of the Prix d’Ornano-Valenti composed of Anglo-Saxon journalists, to the feature film: Les Misérables, directed by Ladj Ly.

Stéphane has recently joined the Anti-Crime Brigade in Montfermeil, in the Paris suburbs. Alongside his new colleagues Chris and Gwada, both experienced members of the team, he quickly discovers tensions running high between neighborhood gangs. When they find themselves overrun during the course of an arrest, a drone captures their every movement, their every action…

Created in 1991 by the member companies of the Motion Picture Association (MPA) and dedicated to the memory of Michel d’Ornano, former French minister, mayor of Deauville and co-founder of the Deauville American Film Festival, the Prix Michel-d’Ornano honors a French first film in order to help support its wider recognition, promotion and exportation.

Since 2009, the Prix d’Ornano-Valenti is supported by the Franco-American Cultural Fund.
In 2015 the award is being renamed the Prix d’Ornano-Valenti in memory of Jack Valenti, former CEO of MPA, the founding father of this competition, and as a tribute to the friendship between the two men, their families, and their shared dedication to the Deauville American Film Festival.

Founded in 1996, the Franco-American Cultural Fund is a unique partnership between the Directors Guild of America (DGA), the Motion Picture Association (MPA), the French Society of Authors, Composers and Publishers of Music (SACEM) and the Writers Guild of America West (WGAW). It promotes cultural exchange between France and the United States of America around a shared passion for film and television and those who create it.

« The FACF is proud to support cinematographic creation, artistic influence and cultural exchanges between our two countries by sharing a common passion for cinema. It is the aim of the action we lead during iconic festivals, such as Deauville or COLCOA, the Los Angeles French Film Festival created in 1997 which is today the first event dedicated to French cinema outside of France. »
Jean-Noël Tronc, Sacem CEO / Franco-American Cultural Fund President

“As a former US Ambassador to France, I know first-hand how cultural ties and exchanges can positively impact the bilateral relationship. I am very proud of the work we are doing together with the FACF and look forward to continuing to develop cultural exchanges that strengthen the unbreakable bonds between America and our oldest ally.”Charles Rivkin, Chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) / Franco-American Cultural Fund Board Member
3,000 Euros are granted to the awarded director, 3,000 Euros to the production company and 10,000 Euros to the French distributor to help promoting the film.

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