French Riviera Film Festival Announces 2024 Winners & Honorary Awards

French Riviera Film Festival Announces 2024 Winners & Honorary Awards

The sixth annual French Riviera Film Festival (FRFF), celebrating short film and short-form content from around the globe, has unveiled the 2024 award winners.

First launched in 2019, FRFF recognizes and celebrates short-form content created for film, television, web and all digital platforms. Scheduled during the time period of the Festival de Cannes, FRFF invites filmmakers from around the globe to participate in the two-day event that includes screenings, 7th annual Global Entertainment Showcase, VIP receptions, and closing gala awards ceremony.

The first day’s schedule was highlighted with a special out-of-competition screening of the new short psychological thriller Quimera by Tomas Vergara, starring Argentine actor Martin Rodriquez (star of Netflix’s Griselda) and Gadea Jimenez.

Each year the festival features the works of filmmakers from more than 20 countries. The full list of winners, finalist and honorable mention films in the award categories of Drama, Comedy, Documentary, Sci-Fi/Horror, Animation, Experimental, Fashion, Music Video, Micro Short, Student, and Activism is listed on the festival’s official website:  2019 Film Festival Winners – French Riviera Film Festival

2024 competition winners are:

Drama – L’HYPERMNÉSIQUE  by Julien Mouquet

Documentary – ONE PERSON/HUNDRED BRIDGES  (*episode 1) by Han Zheng

Micro Short – FEU-FOLLET by Mickael Abbate

Experimental – AURA by Eme Eidson

Sci-Fi/Horror – HAMELIN 77 by Javier Ideami

Animation – BIRD DRONE by Radheya Jang Jegatheva

Music Video – BAD by Matt Nothelfer

Fashion – EQUILIBRIO  by Camilo Velásquez A.

Student –  KEEP IT QUIET/SUTIM by Sara Horvatić

At the official opening reception and closing awards ceremony, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Audience, Rising Star and Industry Excellence awards were also presented.

Special awards presented were:

BEST ACTRESS – Lilly Rikhter  ON TIME, THE TRIP OF LIFE

BEST ACTOR – Bernard Farcy  L’HYPERMNÉSIQUE

BEST DIRECTOR – Julien Mouquet L’HYPERMNÉSIQUE

INDUSTRY EXCELLENCE AWARD – Martin Rodriguez (star of Netflix’s Griselda)

RISING STAR AWARD – Lang Khê Tran (star of Official Selection Grand Tour)

FIRST TIME FILMMAKER – Dr. Jacqueline Nguyen

HUMANITARIAN AWARD – Jenny Thai

Opening Reception Highlights:

Festival screenings were held over two days at the Eden Hotel & Spa, with special ‘by invitation only’ receptions and awards events held after each day’s screenings at the Bel-Air Fine Art Gallery and Eden Hotel.  FRFF festival attendees and participants included filmmakers, industry executives, celebrities, media and influencers.

The festival finalists and special mention films currently are screening online through June 18th on Entertainment Oxygen’s eoFlix platform.

Event partners include Eden Hotel and SpaBeverly Hills HotelBel-Air Fine ArtEntertainment OxygenLamborghini ChampagneCardinal du FourThe Good GinVOGA Proseccofilmfestivals.comIndie Entertainment Media, and Just Cinema Magazine.  Gift bag partners include BionovaCalessia JewelryScruples HaircareVelvet Eyewear, with bags by Shiki Wrap.

FRFF’s Advisory Board includes Michael Benoraya, founder, International Film Trust; Joan Burney Keatings, chief executive,  Cinemagic; Bruno Chatelin, COO, filmfestivals.com (also on festival jury), Emmy Award-winning actor Vincent De Paul; Larry Namer, president/CEO,  Metan Global Entertainment Group, Ana B. Remos, vice president, editorial director & founder, azureazure.com (also on festival jury), Dr. Laura Wilhelm, founder/principal, LauraWil Intercultural (also on festival jury), and Daphna Edwards Ziman, president, Cinémoi USA.  Jury members include Rehna Azim, awards editor, Movie Marker; Lena Basse, journalist, Golden Globes; Claude Brickell, filmmaker, screenwriter and educator; Anna Marie de la Fuente; Kate Elfatah, HoM Consulting; Giovanni Menicocci, Mauxa/Daily Bloid; James Prestige, publisher, Close-Up Culture; entertainment attorney Tshombe Sampson; Eileen Tasca, managing director, Alien Films & Task Films; and Sue Vicory, founder, Heartland Films and womendocumentaryfilmmakers.com.

French Riviera Film Festival Founders  Gotham Chandna of Cloud 21 PR International and Nicole Goesseringer Muj of Kultura PR International have produced numerous industry special events, including the annual “Global Entertainment Showcase” during the Cannes Film Festival and Marché du Film, the annual “Production Without Borders” event during AFM, the annual Indie Entertainment Showcase in Park City, Utah, and “A Salute to Akira Kurosawa” with China’s Jinke Entertainment in Cannes. The companies have co-produced events and worked with top entertainment and technology brands, including Cinando, Creative Coalition, Davines North America, E! Entertainment Television, ECU Film Festival, Eurocinema, Euromed, FlixSnip, Maverick Entertainment, Metan Global Entertainment Group, Oculus, Sony Interactive, Vesilind, 8K Miles Media Group, FanVestor, plus many others.

Photos/Videos Courtesy of FRFF.  (Poster: Official Artwork by Cindy Shaoul)

Nicole Muj
Nicole Muj
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