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The Deauville American Film Festival (French: Festival du cinéma américain de Deauville) is a yearly film festival devoted to American cinema, taking place since 1975 in Deauville, France.[1][2]

Deauville American Film Festival
LocationDeauville, France
LanguageEnglish, French
Sharon Stone at the Deauville American Film Festival in 1991

It was established by Lionel Chouchan, André Halimi, and then Mayor of Deauville Michel d'Ornano, with support from the Groupe Lucien Barrière in providing a luxurious setting for the Festival.[3] Although not competitive at its origin, the festival began to award prizes in 1995, for feature films, and 1998 for short films.



Grand PrixEdit

This award was named Grand Prix spécial Deauville from 1995 to 2007 and Grand Prix du cinéma indépendant américain in 1998 and 1999.

Prix du JuryEdit

The award was called Prix du jury spécial Deauville (Special Deauville Jury Award) from 1995 through 1997 and Prix spécial du jury du cinéma indépendant américain (Special Jury Award of American Independent Film) in 1998 and 1999.

Prix du PublicEdit

The winner of the Deauville Audience Award is chosen by the festival attendees.

Prix de la Critique InternationaleEdit

The International Critics' prize is an award presented at the festival.

Prix d'Ornano-ValentiEdit

The Prix d'Ornano-Valenti (previously "Prix Michel d'Ornano") is awarded annually to a debut French film. It carries a grant of 3,000 euros for the awarded director-writer, 3,000 euros for the film's producer, and 10,000 euros for the French distributor to help promote the film. The award, which is named in honour of the former Mayor of Deauville and co-founder of the festival, Michel d'Ornano, is supported by the Franco-American Cultural Fund.[4]

Prix de la RévélationEdit

The Revelation Prize is awarded by a Revelation jury composed of up-and-coming actors and filmmakers.

Prix du ScénarioEdit

The Screenplay Prize was awarded three times, in 2004, 2005 and 2006, and was subsequently discontinued.

The JuryEdit

The Revelation JuryEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Christopher F. Schuetze (25 May 2011). "A French Town's Bright Shine Belies Its Size". The New York Times. Retrieved 9 March 2012.
  2. ^ Seth Sherwood (5 August 2010). "Normandy's Quiet Glamour". The New York Times. Retrieved 9 March 2012.
  3. ^ "Deauville American Film Festival history". Retrieved 5 May 2015.
  4. ^ "Deauville : The Michel d'Ornano Award". SACEM.

Further readingEdit

  • Roland Godefroy, Deauville, 25 ans de cinéma américain, éd. CID, 2000 ‹See Tfd›(in French)

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