Strange things are happening in South-West France! In Buisson de Cadouin, a rural village with no more than 2,000 inhabitants, a small municipal cinema last year sold around 30,000 tickets and opened a second screen. “We focus on children’s and family films with school screenings and fixed slots for family audiences,” says Christophe Erbes, one of the driving forces behind the initiative.
In this theatre, the Award for the Best French Children’s Film was launched. The first “Prix du Cinema Lux Louis Delluc” went to MIA AND THE WHITE LION (MIA ET LE LION BLANC, by Gilles de Maistre). Other nominees (400 pupils were involved in the final selection) were PACHAMAMA, QUATUOR A CORNES, PETITS CONTES SOUS LA NEIGE and LE RIRE DE MA MERE. The final vote was decided by a jury of five experts and six children (aged 9-14). Godfathers of the event were renown French cinema V.I.P.s like Benjamin Renner (THE BIG BAD FOX, ERNEST & CELESTINE) and Tiphaine de Raguenel (Director of the France 4 Kids TV-channel).
Christophe Erbes: “France produces approximately 15 children’s films per year. We are already planning the second edition, in which we want to involve even more school children and partners.”
More information: Christophe Erbes, email@example.com.