After 7 days of competition, the various juries elected their favorite independent films.
The 12th edition of the Champs-Elysées Film Festival ended on Tuesday after 7 days of fierce competition, during which a series of French and American independent films followed one another, but also short and medium-length films.
As for the French feature film competition, the jury chaired by Bertrand Bonello awarded the grand prize to the documentary Limit State by Nicolas Peduzzi, presented at ACID Cannes 2023, which tells the daily life of a psychiatric hospital, with a focus on the psychiatrist Jamal Abdel Kader, who fights daily to reassure his patients in a place that does not lend itself to it not necessarily. In the American feature film competition, the Grand Prize was awarded to Kokomo City by D. Smith, an erotic documentary that describes the lives of four black transsexuals in the United States. The prize list of the press jury is similar to that of the jury, rewarding in turn Limit State on the French side and Kokomo City on the American side.
The prize for the best French feature film awarded by the public was awarded to “genre film” Vincent Must Die by Stephane Castang. In this first feature film, Karim Leklou embodies a man with an ordinary existence, who overnight becomes a target for people seeking to kill him for no particular reason. For the prize for the best American feature film, another documentary was rewarded: AnotherBody by Sophie Compton and Reuben Hamlyn, which chronicles a student’s quest for justice to save her honor after a pornographic video of her is posted on the internet.
Discover the complete winners of the Champs-Élysées Film Festival 2023:
The Feature Films jury awards:
Grand Jury Prize for Best Independent American Feature Film: Kokomo City by D.Smith
Grand Jury Prize for the best independent French feature film: limit state by Nicolas Peduzzi
Jury Prize for Best American Director: Sebastian Silva For Rotting in the Sun
Jury Prize for Best French Director: Sepideh Farsi For Mermaid
Press jury awards:
Critics’ Prize for Best Independent American Feature Film: Kokomo City by D.Smith
Critics’ Prize for the best independent French feature film: limit state by Nicolas Peduzzi
Special mention to the actors Purdey and Makenzy Lombet revealed in It’s raining in the house by Paloma Sermon-Dai
Audience Award for Best Independent American Feature AnotherBody by Sophie Compton and Reuben Hamlyn.
Audience Award for Best Independent French Feature Film at Vincent must die by Stephan Castang
Audience Award for the best independent French medium-length film at The caterpillars by Michelle and Noel Keserwany
Audience Award for Best Independent American Short My Year of Dicks by Sarah Gunnarsdottir
Public Prize for the best independent French short film at shake-up by Anne Steffens
The short format winners:
Grand Jury Prize for the best independent French medium-length film at Euridice, Euridice by Lora Mure Ravaud
Grand Jury Prize for Best Independent American Short Film at Lollygag by Tij D’Oyen
Special mention awarded to Margie Soudek’s Salt and Pepper Shakers by Meredith Brooks
Grand Jury Prize for the best independent French short film tied for Moth by Sarah-Anais Desbenoit and Bolero by Nans Laborde-Jourdaa
Special mention awarded to Pacific Club by Valentin Noujaim
The France Televisions Prize: The actor by Hugo David and Raphael Quenard