From the 5th to the 12th of December 2009, Les Arcs will host the 1st European Film Festival. A major cultural event, the goal of the festival is to further the development of the diversity of the European film industry and facilitate the discovery of new european talents. The festival was created by the association "Révélations Culturelles", whose founder members are: film director Claude Duty (President), Guillaume Calop (General Manager), Pierre-Emmanuel Fleurantin General Secretary), Cédric Depierre (Finance and Partnerships Deputy Manager), Jérémy Zelnik Professional Meetings Deputy Manager).
Les Arcs is located in the heart of the French Alps, in the alpine valley of the Tarentaise (Savoie), in one of the most beautiful ski areas in the world: the Paradiski. Paradiski offers uninterrupted skiing in between the areas of Les Arcs, Peisey-Vallandry and La Plagne. The area is linked, since December 2003, by the Vanoise Express. In total over the three resorts there are 425 km of pistes.
The festival provides the opportunity to take advantage of the first snows, attend film screenings all day long in the presence of the filmmakers and actors in a festive and convivial atmosphere. And, every evening, never-to-be-forgotten parties, special events, concerts and DJ!The festival proposes an ambitious programming, mostly unprecedented in France. It is composed of more than 50 long features all originating from European countries (Turkey and Russia included) and projected in the 6 movie theatres of the resort:
- 5 major European films (previews)
- 10 films in Official Competition for the Crystal Arrow Award
- 10 European award-winning films in their native countries in Panorama
- 11 Hungarian films and several short features regrouped in the 2009 Country Focus dedicated to Hungary, guest of honour country of the Festival’s first edition.
- 8 «classical» films dedicated to the younger members of the public.
Les Arcs European Film Festival is also a great professional not to be missed event. More than 500 invited film industry professionals will be gathered in a unique work venue to facilitate the emergence of new projects and the European cinema promotion.
Over 70 journalists are expected from all over Europe to relay the event and make today’s and tomorrow’s European cinema diversity known.