Paris Film Festival Set for June

Hollywood heavyweights will meet France’s 7th art when the first ever Paris Film Festival launches in the capital in June on the Champs Elysées, the fest’s president Sophie Dulac and General Manager Isabelle Svanda announced on Monday.

"We hope that time will stop on the Champs Elysees for a week and everyone will just live in movie time," Svanda said in an interview, adding: "We hope it will be a major Franco-American fete where audiences can rediscover American independent cinema, a genre that's less and less distributed in France."

The festival, organized under the patronage of French Cultural Minister Frederic Mitterand, will honor Harvey Weinstein with a tribute to the industry giant’s career and screenings of films he’s produced. Weinstein will participate in a master class during the fest that will run from June 6th – 12th.

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Organizers hope the new Paris Film Festival will appeal to both the public and to the industry with screenings of both indie titles and major Hollywood premieres complete with talent visits. The line-up for the first edition will feature a selection of 15 French and American titles ahead of their Gallic release dates plus 15 films submitted for Oscar consideration in the Best Foreign Language Film category.

The festival will collaborate directly with U.S. studios and major distribution companies for previews of upcoming titles every night. A “Hollywood conversations” sidebar will organize meetings between cinephiles and industry professionals to talk about movies.

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Business execs can relax with a café and croissant, hold business meetings or network at the Industry Lounge that organizers hope will become an informal rendez-vous for Hollywood and European talents to meet and mingle.

Studio Harcourt will snap portraits of the festival’s celebrity guests throughout the week and street exhibits will line the Champs-Elysees.

A percentage of every movie ticket sold during the festival will go to the Intergenerational House that will bring foster children and retired seniors together under the charitable project set to launch in 2014. The fest’s headquarters will be located in the Publicis building on the Avenue des Champs-Elysées just next to the Arc de Triomphe.

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