The Deauville American Film Festival was created in 1975 by Lionel Chouchan and André Halimi under the impetus of Michel d’Ornano, then Mayor of Deauville, and Lucien Barrière, then Chairman of the eponymous group. The City of Deauville delegates the co-organization of the Festival to ‘le Public Système Cinéma’ and to the C.I.D. LPSC provides artistic direction and the C.I.D brings its skills in event organization.
The Festival highlights the diversity of American cinema, from major Hollywood productions to independent films. It is the only European festival of this scale to open its doors to the public. Each year, more than one hundred screenings are presented on three sites: the Center International de Deauville, the Cinéma du Casino Barrière and the Cinéma le Morny.
The Festival has revealed works of art which have marked cinema history: James Gray’s Little Odessa, Darren Aronofsky’s Pi, Tom DiCillo’s Living in Oblivion, Spike Jonze’s Being John Malkovitch, Christopher Nolan’s Memento, Todd Solondz’s Welcome to the Dollhouse, Paul Haggis’s Crash, John Cameron Mitchell’s Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton’s Little Miss Sunshine, Jeff Nichols’s Take Shelter, Damien Chazelle’s Whiplash, Matt Ross’s Captain Fantastic, Ben Zeitlin’s Beasts of the Southern Wild, David Lowery’s A Ghost Story….the Festival is praised each year for the quality and high standard of its programming.
Five Prizes are awarded during the Award Ceremony of the Deauville American Film Festival:
The Grand Prize & The Jury Prize;
The Louis Roederer Foundation Revelation Prize;
The Critics’ Prize, Awarded by film critics and journalists
The City of Deauville Audience Award, As a tribute to the audience’s long-standing attachment to the American Film Festival, the City of Deauville has decided to launch this Prize in 2013. The audiences, who have the chance to make their feelings felt through the City of Deauville Audience Award. This allows every festival-goer to share their favorites and to offer a director an additional opportunity for recognition.
Several sections bear witness to the unequaled vitality and diversity of American cinematography. The Competition is exclusively reserved for independent films. Tributes to mythical personalities in their presence. The New Hollywood, which honors the future by inviting comedians, the flagship of the cinema of tomorrow. Uncle Sam’s Docs to immerse yourself in the reality of American society …
Deauville wants to be, through the eyes of the filmmakers, a snapshot which, each year, tells a new history of America.