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A 5th edition of the Festival des Antipodes where the keynote is maturity

For its 5th edition, the Australian film festival has come to maturity. Recognized by the film industry’s professionals thanks to a quality selection, and by all those who want to favour close relationships between Australia and France, the Rencontres Internationales du Cinema des Antipodes has set new objectives for 2003.
This year, the festival wants to be closer than ever to the public, and thus be part of the town and the region’s dynamics. Fortified by its experience and credibility, which have enabled such an event to endure, the Antipodes association would like to open itself to other cinemas.

The objective is to build in France an Australian and New Zealand film festival that will become a reference point.
In order to achieve that, the festival, which constitutes an international cultural event, must have European ambitions. Supported by, among others, Mr. Michel Rocard, former French Prime Minister and President of Terra Australis 2001, His Excellency Mr. William Fisher, Australian Ambassador to France, His Excellency Mr. Adrian Macey, New Zealand Ambassador to France, Mr. Jean-Michel Couve, Deputy-Mayor of Saint-Tropez, the festival gives itself the means to succeed.

From left to right: His Excellency Mr. William Fisher, the Australian Ambassador, Mr. Michel Rocard, President of Terra Australis, Dr. Jean-Michel Couve, Deputy-Mayor of Saint-Tropez, Mr. Fernet, President of the Press Club de France, and Mr. Bernard Bories, President of the Festival des Antipodes.

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Australia and New Zeland are countries which trigger curiosity and fascination, maybe because they have succeeded in opening themselves to the world while retaining their specific culture and their way of life. In order to understand these countries, one must immerse oneself in their culture, a journey we are offering you during this Antipodean week...

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