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The Edge Atlantic Film Festival

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New York University in France et le collectif A Girl and A Gun, composé d’étudiants de New York University et de l’école française de cinéma La femis (Fondation Européenne pour les Métiers de l’Image et du Son), ont créé en 2010 The Edge Atlantic Film Festival.

The Edge Atlantic Film Festival est un festival pour étudiants, professionnels et amoureux du cinéma. Il s’organise autour d’une sélection de longs-métrages correspondant à de vrais coups de cœur et échappant à toute concession esthétique et financière, pourvu que ces films proposent un regard neuf et inattendu sur le cinéma américain et français contemporains. Le festival présente aussi des courts métrages des étudiants de La femis et de Tisch (The School of the Arts de NYU). Tous les films sélectionnés sont présentés par les réalisateurs. Des tables rondes, des rencontres, des masters classes avec des professionnels et des étudiants venant de chaque côté de l’Atlantique sont aussi organisées.

The Edge Atlantic Film Festival est accueilli alternativement à Paris, avec des films de production américaine, et à New York, avec des films de production française. La première édition du festival s’est tenue du 19 au 21 mars 2010 à la fémis, à Paris (anciens studios Pathé) et a accueilli plus de 800 personnes. La prochaine édition aura lieu à NY en juin 2011.

Le festival reçoit le Patronage de Monsieur l’Ambassadeur des Etats-Unis en France, Charles Rivkin et de Monsieur Pierre Vimont, Ambassadeur de France aux Etats-Unis.

The Edge Atlantic Film Festival presents independent feature films by American directors in France and French directors in the United States as well as shorts by Tisch School of Arts and La femis students. With a highly selective slate of recent films worthy of wider, international exposure, the festival offers encounters with the directors, roundtables, master classes and meetings with producers and other film professionals. NYU in France and A Girl and A Gun have created this festival to recognize and support new filmmakers and to enhance awareness, accessibility and understanding of the best in French and American independent cinema. Films can be of any format, genre, or topic, as long as they are formally innovative. The festival has no competition or prizes, a distinction that encourages unfettered discussion and collaboration among participants who share a love of cinema.

As a trans-Atlantic festival, the Edge Atlantic Film Festival alternates annually between Paris (featuring American films) and New York (featuring French films).
The festival is organized by New York University in France, in partnership with the international film collective A Girl and a Gun comprised of international students from NYU in France, several of whom attend NYU’s Tisch School of Arts, and from La femis, the French national film school. The Edge Atlantic Film Festival receives the patronage of both French and American ambassadors.

The inaugural edition of the Edge Atlantic Film Festival, 19-21 March 2010, with the patronage of Charles Rivkin (USA ambassador to France), presented four feature films, including Punching the Clown, a funky comedy and autobiographical frenzy about a clueless American troubadour touring across the United States; California Company Town, a look into the city landscapes of California abandoned by the industries that created them – once flourishing cities now haunted by the fading twilight of the American dream; The Fall, an imaginary, poetic tale about the need to tell stories and the second cult film by the director of The Cell, and finally Chelsea on the Rocks a documentary by Abel Ferrara, never released in theatres in France. Four shorts by Tisch students, and three shorts by La femis students were also presented. To establish a preliminary list of movies, the organizers worked in conjunction with eminent figures in the film industry, including Armond White (NY Press, Tribeca and Sundance Film Festivals), and Jim Hoberman (Critic, Village Voice),.

The festival in March 2010 was organized by a team of 25 people, including sixteen students from NYU in France (nine of whom study at theTisch School of Arts), six students from La femis, and three staff members of NYU in France.

La femis (École Nationale Supérieure des Métiers de l’Image et du Son, formerly known as Institut des Hautes Etudes Cinématographiques), is a prestigious national film school. Based in Paris in the former Pathé studios,  it offers courses that combine artistic research, professional development and technical training. Alumni of La femis have won the Cannes Film Festival’s Golden Palm, the Venice Film Festival’s Golden Lion, and the Berlin International Festival’s Golden Bear, making it the most awarded film school in the world. </br></br>

 

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