Magazine article World Literature Today

International Film in Clermont-Ferrand, France

Magazine article World Literature Today

International Film in Clermont-Ferrand, France

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While it may not have the fame of Paris or Cannes, the volcano-ringed city of Clermont- Ferrand, above and beyond its rich history and natural beauty, is famed for its Festival international du court métrage, one of the world's lead- ing international short-film festivals. The festival founders, Sauve qui peut le court métrage (roughly translat- able as "Short Film: S.O.S!"), view themselves as a group of rescuers, saving the sinking ship of short films with tender care and then sending them off into the world to succeed. The Auvergne Film Commission, a branch of Sauve qui peut, even offers free services to any production wish- ing to shoot in the region, helping to facilitate the work of the film crews and provide them with infor- mation on local resources, servic- es, and professionals. It has helped launch the careers of directors like Cédric Klapisch (L'Auberge Espagnole) and Jean-Pierre Jeunet (Amélie). And rising-director-to-watch Marie Ama- choukeli, who won prizes in the 2007 and 2011 national competition, will screen her film Party Girl as the open- ing of Un Certain Regard in May 2014 at the Festival du Cannes.

Short films from around the world elbowed their way into Cler- mont this year for the thirty-sixth annual festival (January 31-Febru- ary 8). Though entries are grouped into national and international cat- egories, a theme of diversity echoes in each.

In the national competition, win- ning films include settings ranging from Greenland to Cambodia and characters from Tibetan nomads to Michael Jackson. …

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