For its 5th edition, the Australian film festival has come to maturity.
Recognized by the film industrys 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 regions 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.
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.
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.