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Deauville American Film Festival 2013

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, September 24, 2013

If the red-carpet crowds are any indication of the success of the Day of the Producer at Deauville then there should be many more such days to come. 

As celebrated for the past few years, the producer’s day at this seaside venue has been one of the highlights of the PGA International’s calendar. Organized each year with the support of the French Producers Guild (APA) and the Ile de France Film Commission, this celebration of the Producer has become the benchmark for all other similar events. 

Antoine de Cazotte, the PGA IC representative for France, has worked diligently to grow this event each year and this time was no exception.

Bill Stuart, co-chair of the IC, worked with Antoine and the festival to choose a most deserving candidate and found one with Gale Anne Hurd.

Gale made room in her busy production schedule on The Walking Dead to travel to France for the festival and participate in networking events, panels and screenings dedicated to the role of the Producer in film & television. 

The official day started with a networking breakfast with young US and French producers and directors, followed up by a roundtable lunch with Gale and important members of the French industry. On hand were producers Marc Missonnier, Thomas Anagyros along with Frederic Goldsmith of the French Producers Guild and Olivier-Rene Veillon of the Paris Region Film Commission. Representing the PGA in the discussion were members Bill Stuart and Antoine de Cazotte.

Following the lunch Gale, Marc and Thomas participated in a lively panel discussion on the subject of Creativity vs. Innovation. Included in the audience of almost 200 film fans was Phillip Breeden, Minister Counselor for Public Affairs at the US Embassy in Paris, along with 50 film students invited by the embassy to participate.

Gale was also honored that evening with a cocktail party at the Villa Cartier as the company is a longtime partner of the festival. The official tribute was presented in the evening with a walk down the red-carpet and a screening of Gale’s latest film, Very Good Girls. In front of an appreciative audience of 1,500 a retrospective of her films was shown and Gale was presented with her tribute award followed by her acceptance speech.

All in all a great Day of the Producer at Deauville 2013 and the search is already underway for the PGA producer to be honored in 2014.


Photograph credit to Stephane Kossmann and Olivier Vigerie

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