The Prix d’Ornano-Valenti, granted by a jury of Anglo-Saxon journalists presided by Jean-Guillaume d’Ornano, will be officially given to All to Play For by Delphine Deloget, during the Award Ceremony.
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 Michel‑d’Ornano Award honors a French first film in order to help support its wider recognition, promotion and exportation.
Since 2009, the prize is supported by the Franco-American Cultural Fund.
In 2015, the prize 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.
“Since my childhood, the Deauville American Film Festival has always been emblematic of the promotion of American cinema. I am honored today, as President of the Franco-American Cultural Fund, to give the Ornano-Valenti Prize, together with the Ornano family and our friends from the MPA. With this prize, we wish to highlight a first French film and to support and help its career on the other side of the Atlantic. In Deauville, as in Los Angeles during The American French Film Festival, we share true collective emotion and we demonstrate the strong relations which unite the French and American culture, presenting an ever growing public with the opportunity to discover increasingly diverse creations.”
Sacem CEO / Franco-American Cultural Fund President
“As a former US Ambassador to France, I know firsthand 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 can 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.”
Chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association (MPA)
Franco-American Cultural Fund Board Member
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 Brodeuses 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
2020 Slalom Charlène Favier
2021 Magnetic Beats Vincent Maël Cardona
2022 Falcon Lake Charlotte Le Bon