During the Award Ceremony of the Deauville American Film Festival, the 2020 Prix d’Ornano-Valenti is awarded by Jean-Noël Tronc, President of the Franco-American Cultural Fund along with a representative of the MPA, and Jean-Guillaume d’Ornano, President of the Jury of the Prix d’Ornano-Valenti composed of Anglo-Saxon journalists, to the feature film:
Slalom directed by Charlène Favier
Created in 1991 by the member companies of the Motion Picture Association (MPA) and dedicated to the memory of Michel d’Ornano, former French minister, mayor of Deauville and co-founder of the Deauville American Film Festival, the Prix Michel‑d’Ornano honors a French first film in order to help support its wider recognition, promotion and exportation.
Since 2009, the Prix d’Ornano-Valenti is supported by the Franco-American Cultural Fund.
In 2015 the award renamed the Prix d’Ornano-Valenti in memory of Jack Valenti, former CEO of MPA, the founding father of this competition, and as a tribute to the friendship between the two men, their families, and their shared dedication to the Deauville American Film Festival.
Founded in 1996, the Franco-American Cultural Fund is a unique partnership between the Directors Guild of America (DGA), the Motion Picture Association (MPA), the French Society of Authors, Composers and Publishers of Music (SACEM) and the Writers Guild of America West (WGAW). It promotes cultural exchange between France and the United States of America around a shared passion for film and television and those who create it.
« The FACF is proud to support cinematographic creation, artistic influence and cultural exchanges between our two countries by sharing a common passion for cinema. It is the aim of the action we lead during iconic festivals, such as Deauville or COLCOA, the Los Angeles French Film Festival created in 1997 which is today the first event dedicated to French cinema outside of France. »
Jean-Noël Tronc, Sacem CEO / Franco-American Cultural Fund President
« As a former US Ambassador to France, I know first hand how cultural ties and exchanges can positively impact the bilateral relationship. I am very proud of the work we are doing together with the FACF. France and America have a common passion; we know that films have the ability to bring stories, cultures and shared values to audiences. I look forward to continuing to develop our exchanges that strengthen the unbreakable bonds between our two nations. »
Charles Rivkin, Chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association (MPA) / Franco-American Cultural Fund Board Member
3,000 Euros are granted to the awarded director, 3,000 Euros to the production company and 10,000 Euros to the French distributor to help promoting the film.
Award Winners Since 1998
1998 Louise (Take 2) Siegfried
1999 Hometown Blue Stéphane Brizé
2000 Le Secret Virginie Wagon
2001 Pretty Things Gilles Paquet-Brenner
2002 Hypnotized and Hysterical (Hairstylist Wanted) Claude Duty
2003 Since Otar Left Julie Bertucelli
2004 A Common Thread Eléonore Faucher
2005 Little Jerusalem Karin Albou
2006 Blame It on Fidel Julie Gavras
2007 La Vie d’artiste Marc Fitoussi
2008 Johnny Mad Dog Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire
2009 Silent Voices Léa Fehner
2010 Angel & Tony Alix Delaporte
2011 17 Girls Delphine Coulin & Muriel Coulin
2012 Hold Back Rachid Djaïdani
2013 Me, Myself and Mum Guillaume Gallienne
2014 Number One Fan Jeanne Herry
2015 Les Cowboys Thomas Bidegain
2016 Willy the 1st Ludovic Boukherma, Zoran Boukherma, Marielle Gautier & Hugo P. Thomas
2017 Montparnasse Bienvenüe Léonor Serraille
2018 Little Tickles Andréa Bescond & Éric Métayer
2019 Les Misérables Ladj Ly