Online French film festival honors 3 movies, concludes monthlong run

The online film festival, MyFrenchFilmFestival (MyFFF) will conclude at midnight Tuesday after a one-month run in Taiwan.

Over the past month, people in Taiwan have been able to watch the 28 movies and shorts selected for MyFFF through subscriptions to the festival's partnered streaming services, such as Catchplay and HamiVideo.

According to event organizers, this year's MyFFF -- available in more than 200 countries and regions from Jan. 13 to Feb. 13 -- aims to give exposure to French cinema and French-language movies.

As part of those efforts, the festival on Feb. 10 gave out three awards to two feature movies and one short film.

Among them, "Zero Fucks Given" directed by Emmanuel Marre and Julie Lecoustre, was given the Grand Prix for "strong artistic choices" and "bold and rough cinematography."

The 2021 comedy-drama film tells the story of a young female flight attendant working for a low-cost airline who is forced to review her carefree lifestyle following an unexpected incident.

French director Vincent Mael Cardona's "Magnetic Beats," which depicts two young siblings running a pirate radio station and living their lives to the fullest until one of them is called up for military service, won Best Feature Film.

In the meantime, "Paloma," a short by Hugo Bardin that documents his career as the drag queen "Paloma," was awarded Best Short Film.

MyFFF was launched in 2011 by Unifrance, a Paris-based organization dedicated to promoting French cinema worldwide.

According to the French Office in Taipei, MyFFF has been popular in Taiwan, with the number of viewership for the 2022 edition totaling 130,000 in Taiwan alone.

On Jan. 13, the office, which represents Paris' interests in Taipei in the absence of formal diplomatic relations, also held a special screening in Taipei to kick off the festival.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel