Ever since its creation in 1975, the American Film Festival, by being anchored in Deauville, has affirmed the idea of a bridge between the two founding nations of film; a spark that continues to this day. For Americans, France has a particular and historic profile, from Lafayette to the Normandy landings. Mindful of this memory, the Deauville Festival has always forged links between France and the United States, following in the wake of the pioneer Alice Guy: the competition for independent filmmakers, overseen by French juries, the prize for the current edition, granted to a French filmmaker working in the United States, the theme of French-American encounters, and the Ornano-Valenti Prize, in which a first French film is honored by American journalists.
During the 2020 edition, audiences were equally thrilled by both screenings and encounters with filmmaking teams. The success of this happy marriage between American films and French works, accompanied by talents and organized in accordance with extremely rigorous public health measures, marks a turning point in the festival’s history. It will henceforth extend the beautiful spirit of Deauville by opening a window into French cinema, through a selection of unseen films in addition to the 70 American films presented each year. Recognizing this desire from audiences and professionals, the festival takes a major step forward and continues to evolve by consolidating its base, affirming the freedom of an art without borders which ennobles itself through its otherness. Maybe that’s the world to come…