is there to discover at the festival?
Festival aims at offering a distinctive selection of films diverse enough
for everyone to find a personal interest.
Rencontres Internationales du Cinéma des Antipodes is:
short film competition.
- A dozen
feature films, among which unreleased films, premiered at the festival.
screenings for school groups and young people.
and retrospectives, not-to-be-missed occasions to discover the wealth
of Antipodean talents and the diversity of Australian and New Zealand
- Many screenings
are followed by meetings and discussions with our guests.
Café-Antipodes concept was created in 2002. The aim is to invite
festival-goers to meetings and discussions in a St Tropez café
around a topic introduced by the screening of a documentary. A unique
opportunity to discover informative documentaries and discuss them in
a welcoming atmosphere with the filmmaker or qualified and passionate
- In 1999:
Australia at Heart by Australian artist Kirsten Jeffcoat
(in partnership with the France-Australie Provence association)
- In 2000:
From St Kilda to St Tropez by Australian photographer Emmanuel
Santos, a comparative portrait of two towns, St Kilda (near Melbourne)
- In 2001:
Earth Drawings by Australian painter Peter Griffen.
- In 2002:
Esperance, in Times Wake by photographer Marc Muller,
and A selection of paintings by Aboriginal Peoples by Sonny
- From Australia,
like directors Fred Schepisi (Six Degrees of Separation), Nadia Tass
(Amy), Gillian Armstrong (Little Women), producers Allanah Zitzermann
and Marti Georgeff, Kari Hanet (former president of the Alliance Française
in Sydney and former head of the Sydney Film School, the AFTRS), actors
David Wenham (Better Than Sex, Lord of the Rings - The Two Towers),
Danielle Hall (Beneath Clouds), Ben Mendelsohn (Mullet, Vertical Limit),
- From New
Zealand, like director Harry Sinclair...
- Mr. Michel
Rocard, former French Prime Minister and President of Terra Australis
- Mr. Léon
Bertrand, Minister for Tourism.
- Mr. Peter
MacGauran, Australian Minister for the Arts.
Ambassador to France, Mr. William Fisher.
- New Zealand
Ambassador to France, Mr. Adrian Macey.
- From France,
like director Pierre Beccu (Québec Libre), distributors Sybil
Hanhart (CTV International), Patick Neubout (Bac Films), Vincent Paul-Boncourt
(Carlotta Films), producers Fabien Liron (Gaumont), Jean-Pierre Neyrac
(President of the CST, of the Louis Lumière school)...
professionals during informal lunches and dinners, during the formal
gala dinner, after the screenings, or during a game of petanque.
- With the
audience after the screenings.
- A professional
forum on co-production and co-financing, hosted in 2000 by Kari Hanet.
Twenty or so industry representatives and members of film institutions
attended, like Caroline Verge (Australian Film Commission), Suzan McKinon
(Australian Film Finance Corporation), Dominique Green (Studio Canal
+), Isabelle Prat (TF1 Production), Daniel Goldman (vice-president of
the syndicate of French distributors)...
: SBS (Australian channel), Arte, RFO.
: France Culture, Radio St Tropez, Europe 2
: Infonie, UrbanCinefile
and magazines: Ciné Live, Ecran Total, Le Film Français,
Le Monde, Télé Cassette, Le Figaro Madame, Var Matin.
result of the festival: :
ira mieux demain" was much appreciated by the audiences when it
was released in France, a few months after its screening at the festival.
- Paul Coxs
"Innocence", and an animated short film programme by Lucinda
Clutterbuck, have finally found a French distributor.
- Ray Argall
has found French partners for the production of his next feature film.
Monkeys Mask", "Legally Blonde", "Magic Pudding",
"Young Blade", "Rabbit-Proof Fence" were all previewed
in Saint-Tropez, and have since opened successfully on French and European
just like France, is a country which loves cinema. With George Miller,
Russell Crowe or Nicole Kidman as emblematic figures, Australian
cinema is being more and more widely recognised by the audiences
and the media throughout the world. Australian film production is
on a roll and has offered us such colourful and brilliant films
as Stephan Elliotts Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, PJ Hogans
Muriels Wedding, and Baz Luhrmanns Moulin Rouge, to
name but a few.
Zealand also has its own gems, among which Lee Tamahoris Once
Were Warriors and, recently, Peter Jacksons Lord of the Rings
centuries after Baudins voyage of discovery, celebrated as
is proper by the two nations, the Antipodean cinema festival aims
at enriching and boosting cultural and economic exchanges between
the two hemispheres through a selection of films offering little-known
gems and previously unreleased works.