With more than seven major international ceremonies, winter is the season of the film industry awards. But forget about the Oscars and the Golden Globes: we present four ceremonies that are honouring Francophone talent this winter..
Les Magritte du cinéma, a night not to miss on TV5MONDE
Date: Friday 2nd Feb 2019
The Belgian film industry had no ceremony to recognise and reward its top talents since 2007 and the end of the Joseph Plateau awards.
Under the initiative of the André Delvaux academy, the Magritte du cinéma is giving away 22 awards in 22 categories (best film, best first film, best screenplay, best Flemish film or the best actresses and actors).
Two rounds are required to select the films: the selection stage and the final vote. Only the members of the André Delvaux Academy can vote, so you have to be Belgian and a professional in the film industry.
A special evening of cinema with the Magritte awards on TV5MONDE: 7th February from 9pm *
For this special evening of cinema with the Magritte Awardsm, TV5MONDE will broadcast the Belgian film Mobile Home by François Pirot on 7th February at 9pm *. This feature film won the Magritte for best music and Anne-Pascale Clairembourg was crowned best female newcomer. The film will be followed by a rebroadcast of the ceremony at 22:40 *.
Les Globes de Cristal, art and culture in the spotlight
Date : Mon 4th Feb 2019
The Globes de Cristal is the only ceremony to reward cinema, theatre, music, literature, one man shows, musical comedy, television and web series. Through these seven categories, all artists from French culture, be they actors, writers or performers, gather together for an evening to celebrate and reward the most beautiful pieces of the year.
Unlike the Césars or Magrittes, it is not the industry professionals who vote here but the press. Twenty journalists nominate five representatives in each category. Then, 5000 of their colleagues decide the nominees and award the prizes.
The ceremony has been held every year since 2006 at the Lido, a famous Parisian cabaret hall located on the Champs-Élysées.
The Césars, the longest-running Francophone cinema awards
Date : Mon 22nd Feb 2019
Created in 1976 under the initiative of the Academy of Arts and Techniques of Cinema, the César's vocation is to reward French film professionals. Modelled after the Oscars, the ceremony follows the examples of Étoiles de Cristal (1955 - 1975) and Victoires (1946 - 1954). The name of César comes from the sculptor who made the trophy, César Baldaccini. Georges Cravenne, back at the Academy of Arts and Techniques of Cinema then declared: "The idea of creating a French equivalent [to the Oscar] was forever in my mind, and then came the day when my friend César, genius sculptor, approached me with his idea of sculpture of the trophy. Oscar, César, five letters that rhymed so much that the name of the trophy seemed then almost obvious"
To be nominated, the films must be of French production, except for the César of the best film in foreign language. The language does not matter, only the category of the Best film must be entirely in French. The prizes are awarded by a jury made up of 4500 voters, all professionals of French cinema. It is composed mainly of technicians, directors and actors.
With 17 nominations, Gérard Depardieu is the record holder of the most appointed actor, followed by Isabelle Huppert, 14 times nominated. Daniel Auteil and Catherine Deneuve follow them closely with 13 nominations each.
In 2019, two films stand out, each being nominated in 10 categories: Le grand bain by Gilles Lellouche and Jusqu'à la garde by Xavier Legrand. These films have already won several awards, notably at the Venice Film Festival.
Les Quartz, the logical Swiss awards
Date : Monday 22nd March 2019
Created in parallel with the Solothurn Film Festival, the Quartz or Swiss Film Awards ceremony took a different path in 2013 by becoming a full-fledged ceremony held in Geneva or Zurich from one year to the next. It was in 1998 that the first edition of the evening took place with only three trophies distributed. It took almost ten years for the awards to take the name of Quartz, replacing the Viseur in 2008. New categories have appeared over the years, the last date of 2018 with the best diploma film.
To be selected, the author or producer must be Swiss, or the majority of the actors and technicians Swiss. It is also necessary that the film has been previously shown in theatres or in a Swiss film festival.
The ceremony will be broadcast on TV5MONDE: the date and times of broadcast will be announced here!
Agnès Varda, widow of Jacques Demy, is considered as one of the greatest french filmmakers of all time. In february, Jerusalem Cinematheque pays her tribute with special screenings of her iconic artwork (more info here).
In April, TV5MONDE will offer a special retrospective of 3 movies by Agnès Varda - watch this space!