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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, taking 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 in 1995, for feature films, and 1998 for short films.


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

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.[4]

Prix de la Révélation[edit]

The Revelation Prize is awarded by a Revelation jury composed of up-and-coming actors and filmmakers.

Prix du Scénario[edit]

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

The Jury[edit]

The Revelation Jury[edit]

Movie celebration[edit]

September 7–15, 2019[edit]

Day 1[edit]

Pierce Brosnan was among the stars walking the red carpet as the 45th Deauville American Film Festival, while Woody Allen 's followers finally got a chance to watch his latest movie, "A Rainy Day in New York," at its premiere.[5]

Day 2[edit]

The Deauville American Film Festival Saturday started a Game of Thrones marathon with showing of all eight seasons during the week.[6]

Day 3[edit]

Johnny Depp took center stage at the American Film Festival in Deauville on Sunday as he appeared for his latest film "Waiting for the Barbarians."[7]

Day 4[edit]

Former presidents of the jury were reunited this week to mark the 25th anniversary of the Deauville American Film Festival’s main competition.[8]

Day 5[edit]

Geena Davis was in Deauville to announce "This Changes Everything," a Hollywood documentary on gender disparity, as female producers and actors took center stage at a festival that celebrates a heavy feminine presence this year.[9]

Day 6[edit]

Official photographer of the Deauville Festival Olivier Vigerie has spent the entire week taking pictures of the biggest stars this year. Some of them are Johnny Depp, Sienna Miller, Pierce Brosnan and so on.[10]

Day 7[edit]

While the Deauville American Film Festival is coming to a close and the jury is expected to announce the winners of the festival, FRANCE 24 has talked to audiences to find out which films they liked most from "The Lighthouse?" "Skin"? and "New York Rainy Day?".[11]

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. ^ "Deauville : The Michel d'Ornano Award". SACEM.
  5. ^ "Deauville, Day 1: Pierce Brosnan on the red carpet as Woody Allen premieres 'A Rainy Day in New York'". France 24. 7 September 2019. Retrieved 24 June 2020.
  6. ^ "Deauville, day 2: Game of Thrones marathon, Sophie Turner on the red carpet". France 24. 8 September 2019. Retrieved 24 June 2020.
  7. ^ "Deauville, Day 3: Waiting for Johnny Depp". France 24. 9 September 2019. Retrieved 24 June 2020.
  8. ^ "Deauville, Day 4: Jury presidents share their secrets". france24. 10 September 2019. Retrieved 1 July 2020.
  9. ^ "Deauville, Day 5: Putting women in the spotlight". france24. 11 September 2019. Retrieved 1 July 2020.
  10. ^ "Deauville, Day 6: Photographing the stars". france24. 12 September 2019. Retrieved 1 July 2020.
  11. ^ "Deauville, Day 7: Which films have impressed the critics?". france24. 13 September 2019. Retrieved 1 July 2020.

Further reading[edit]

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

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