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FESTIVAL TOUS ÉCRANS / GENEVA INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL: AN EXTREMELY SUCCESSFULL 19TH EDITION The extremely successful 19th edition of Festival Tous Ecrans came to an end Thursday night, with a total attendance of over 27,000 festival-goers. We are pleased to report that the festival ticket office beat its own records, and the festival’s auxiliary events - festivities and professional gatherings - also met with great success. After eight days of competition, the Reflets d’Or were awarded to Frédérick Pelletier for Diego Star, Ray McKinnon for Rectify and Jean-Christophe Yacono and Guillaume Lonergan for Emilie. The 20th edition of the Festival will be held from 6 to 13 November, 2014. With a total of more than 27,000 festival-goers this year, this 19th edition of Festival Tous Ecrans tallied a record attendance. The event’s electronic ticket office in particular showed a 200% increase in on-line reservations, with more than 13,000 tickets compared with barely more than 6,000 last year. The massive increase in accreditations - almost three times more than last year - shows that more and more professionals are also making the Festival a priority. These statistics prove that the public appreciated the clearer distinction between cinema, television and web & transmedia works, intrinsic to the programming of this edition of Festival Tous Ecrans. Festivalgoers were eager to discover the various films d’auteur shown as Swiss or international premieres, and were also keen to see the best upcoming television series as well as interactive transmedia works. This last category was a new feature this year, and it met with dazzling success, with many of the screenings sold out. THE 2013 AWARDS The prizewinners of the 19th edition of Festival Tous Ecrans were revealed Thursday evening at the closing ceremony, which featured a Swiss premiere of Unfor-

given in the presence of its director Sang-Il Lee. During the ceremony, the Reflet d’Or for the best feature film was awarded to the Canadian filmmaker Frédérick Pelletier for his first film, Diego Star. Canada also shone in the transmedia category, with the Reflet d’Or in that section going to the Quebecois film-makers Jean-Christophe Yacono and Guillaume Lonergan for their work Emilie. The international television series competition jury awarded the Reflet d’Or to Rectify, the work of the American director Ray McKinnon. El gran día de los feos by Nabil Chabaan and David Tesouro was awarded best web series, and Dentro by Emilio Rocha Minter was elected best short film. PROFESSIONAL MEETINGS AND EXCHANGES The Festival’s new director, Emmanuel Cuénod, created a new international exchange platform for professionals in the fields of television, transmedia and video games, and this proved a successful venture. An array of highly qualified speakers participated in the four days of the Workflow program. Radio Télévision Suisse (RTS) made the most of the Festival setting to announce a new collaboration with ARTE to co-produce upcoming web content. NUITS BLANCHES AND FESTIVE EVENTS The public was attracted to the various midnight screenings, DJ sets, blind tests, cocktails and other festivities organised as part of the Festival. The Festival was as celebratory as its organisers hoped it would be. The first part of the retrospective Cinéastes, de notre temps was shown this year, and it also attracted a following. The legendary episodes of the series will continue to be shown in the 2014 and 2015 editions of the Festival.

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