The Tournees Festival - Le Concours (2016)

Presented by The Department of Foreign Languages Ashland University
January 14-29, 2020 (All films begin at 7:00 p.m.)
Ronk Lecture Hall (Schar College of Education)
Free admission for AU students, faculty, staff, and the general public Presented in collaboration with the College of Arts and Sciences

Each year, hundreds of aspiring filmmakers from across France congregate in an auditorium in Paris to take the first of three rounds of the highly competitive admission exam to La Fémis, France’s leading film school. In Le Concours, master documentarian Claire Simon follows each step of the process, from that auditorium full of young hopefuls gathered to write a sequence analysis that will serve as the first test of their eligibility to the group photo of the forty candidates ultimately selected. Along the way, Simon shows us the exam’s practical stage— prospective directors direct a scene, screenwriters pitch a story, designers show sketches—and the oral examinations in which candidates having reached the final round face a jury of sometimes illustrious professionals. As a former professor at La Fémis, Simon may be an insider, but she pulls no punches.

Support for the Tournees Festival is provided by Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States / Centre National de la Cinématographie et l’Image Animée Campus France USA / Florence Gould Foundation / highbrow entertainment.

Start Date: 
Wednesday, January 22, 2020 - 7:00pm

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