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The Reunion Island Film Festival celebrates its ninth birthday

The Reunion Island Film Festival celebrates its ninth birthday (Forimmediaterelease.net) In 2013, the Reunion Island Film Festival is continuing with its mission of promoting cinema and sharing. As well as celebrating the world of cinema, it is also paying homage to those who help shape the industry. Of the 8 films to be shown, six will be in competition for the Orchid Award for the Best Film, the Young Jury Award, and the Public Award.

From November 12-16, the Reunion Island Film Festival will make its return on the Island. Films will be shown indoors and out, as well as many cinema workshops and professional meetings taking place during the 2013 edition. The Reunion Island Film Festival has always striven to focus on two main areas. On the one hand promoting the first and second feature length films of French directors, and on the other developing the culture of cinema on Reunion Island.

Once more this year, the Festival will take up residence at the Cambaie Cinema in Saint-Paul. This eight-screen multiplex will open its doors to official evenings, public screenings and free screenings for schoolchildren.

Especially for the occasion, a giant 24-meter screen will be set up on Brisants Beach in Saint-Gilles-les-Bains, and will transform this natural setting into a genuine outdoor cinema. In this setting, the Festival will give free reign to a director with three free screenings on the bill in the presence of the director. Three evening events where you can head out and meet the stars!

Six films will be submitted before the jury and the general public and are going head to head for the 9th edition of the Festival. Three of these will be awarded with the Gold Orchid for the Best Film, the Public Prize and the Young Jury prize at the end of the Festival.

As well as cinema screenings, the Reunion Island Film Festival strives to open up the borders of cinema and to educate and inform about films and imagery. Through cinema workshops, unique meetings are organised for the general public, school-goers or cinema lovers. This is the ideal setting for discussion in the form of master classes with professionals from the French cinema industry who will come to share their experience.

Finally, the Reunion Island Film Festival will also be exported into penitentiaries and hospitals this year once more. Screenings will be shown at the penitentiaries in in the Port and in Domenjod; as well as in the Bellepierre CHD Hospital and Saint-Paul psychiatric hospital (EPSMR Grand Pourpier). And as a new feature for this 9th edition, talks will be given at the Saint-Pierre prison and the Marie-Françoise Dupuis Institute in Saint-Gilles.

The Jury

•President of the Jury: Cedric Kahn

•Members of the jury:

- Philippe Torreton
- Valerie Donzelli
- Jeremie Elkaim
- Julie Ferrier
- Suzel Grondin Pilou
- Yannick Le Sager
- Sylvie Testud
- Clement Vernay

Shortlisted films

•Tonnerre by Guillaume Brac
•Les garcons et Guillaume, a table! by Guillaume Gallienne
•Girafada by Rani Massalha
•La piece manquante by Nicolas Birkenstock
•Nos heros sont morts ce soir by David Perrault
•Les interdits by Anne Weil&Philippe Kotlarski

This year, the Festival will give free reign to director Josiane Balasko.

MEDIA CONTACT: Liliana Rossi, Communication Manager, Reunion Island Tourism Board, Tel: +33 810 160 000, Fax: +262 262 21 00 21, Email: l.rossi@reunion.fr , Web: www.reunion.fr

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