Deauville American Film Festival

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Deauville American Film Festival
LocationDeauville, France
LanguageEnglish, French
Sharon Stone at the Deauville American Film Festival in 1991

The Deauville American Film Festival (French: Festival du cinéma américain de Deauville) is a yearly film festival devoted to American cinema, which has taken place since 1975 in Deauville, France.[1][2]

It was established by Lionel Chouchan, André Halimi, and then Mayor of Deauville Michel d'Ornano, with support from the Groupe Lucien Barrière in providing a luxurious setting for the Festival.[3] Although not competitive at its origin, the festival began to award prizes for feature films in 1995 and short films in 1998.


Grand Prix[edit]

This award was named Grand Prix spécial Deauville from 1995 to 2007 and Grand Prix du cinéma indépendant américain in 1998 and 1999.

Year Film Director
1995 Living in Oblivion Tom DiCillo
1996 The Daytrippers Greg Mottola
1997 Sunday Jonathan Nossiter
1998 Next Stop Wonderland Brad Anderson
1999 Being John Malkovich Spike Jonze
2000 Girlfight Karyn Kusama
2001 Hedwig and the Angry Inch John Cameron Mitchell
2002 Raising Victor Vargas Peter Sollett
2003 What Alice Found A. Dean Bell
2004 Maria Full of Grace Joshua Marston
2005 Crash Paul Haggis
2006 Little Miss Sunshine Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris
2007 The Dead Girl Karen Moncrieff
2008 The Visitor Tom McCarthy
2009 The Messenger Oren Moverman
2010 Mother and Child Rodrigo García
2011 Take Shelter Jeff Nichols
2012 Beasts of the Southern Wild Benh Zeitlin
2013 Night Moves Kelly Reichardt
2014 Whiplash Damien Chazelle
2015 99 Homes Ramin Bahrani
2016 Little Men Ira Sachs
2017 The Rider Chloé Zhao
2018 Thunder Road Jim Cummings
2019 Bull Annie Silverstein
2020 The Nest Sean Durkin
2021[4] Down With the King Diego Ongaro
2022 Aftersun Charlotte Wells

Prix du Jury[edit]

The award was called Prix du jury spécial Deauville (Special Deauville Jury Award) from 1995 through 1997 and Prix spécial du jury du cinéma indépendant américain (Special Jury Award of American Independent Film) in 1998 and 1999.

Prix du Public[edit]

The winner of the Deauville Audience Award is chosen by the festival attendees.

Prix de la Critique Internationale[edit]

The International Critics' prize is an award presented at the festival.

Prix d'Ornano-Valenti[edit]

The Prix d'Ornano-Valenti (previously "Prix Michel d'Ornano") is awarded annually to a debut French film. It carries a grant of 3,000 euros for the awarded director-writer, 3,000 euros for the film's producer, and 10,000 euros for the French distributor to help promote the film. The award, which is named in honour of the former Mayor of Deauville and co-founder of the festival, Michel d'Ornano, is supported by the Franco-American Cultural Fund.[5]

Prix de la Révélation[edit]

The Revelation Prize recognises an original work by a promising new filmmaker and is awarded by a Revelation jury composed of up-and-coming actors and filmmakers.[6]

Prix du Scénario[edit]

The Screenplay Prize was awarded in 2004, 2005 and 2006, and then discontinued.

The Jury[edit]

The Revelation Jury[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Christopher F. Schuetze (25 May 2011). "A French Town's Bright Shine Belies Its Size". The New York Times. Retrieved 9 March 2012.
  2. ^ Seth Sherwood (5 August 2010). "Normandy's Quiet Glamour". The New York Times. Retrieved 9 March 2012.
  3. ^ "Deauville American Film Festival history". Retrieved 5 May 2015.
  4. ^ Keslassy, Elsa (11 September 2021). "'Red Rocket,' 'Blue Bayou' and 'Down With the King' Among 2021 Deauville Film Festival Winners". Variety. Archived from the original on 11 September 2021. Retrieved 11 September 2021.
  5. ^ "Deauville : The Michel d'Ornano Award". SACEM.
  6. ^ "Accueil". Champagne Louis Roederer. Retrieved 14 September 2021.

Further reading[edit]

  • Roland Godefroy, Deauville, 25 ans de cinéma américain, éd. CID, 2000 (in French)

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