Chris Beale (left), Jane Campion (center) and Bernard Bories (left) at Cinema des Antipodes in Saint Tropez
Films from AUSTRALIAN SHORT FILM TODAY's 2018 program were shown at Rencontres du Cinéma des Antipodes, which screens Australian and New Zealand feature films and short films annually in Saint Tropez. This year the festival ran from 8-14 October 2018.
This was the 20th anniversary of the festival, founded by Bernard Bories who continues as its President. It is held after the crowds and heat have left Saint Tropez, when the village feels more like a village.
Jane Campion was the festival's guest of honour and opened the festival on 8 October, 2019. Jane was born in New Zealand and studied film at Australian Film Radio and Television School (AFTERS) in Sydney. She is an iconic director with a long and storied career, with films and a television series set in both Australia and New Zealand (as well as films she made in the U.K. and the United States).
On behalf of the festival, Chris Beale, Chairman of AUSTRALIAN INTERNATIONAL SCREEN FORUM, presented Jane with an award:
“We cannot think of any person who better represents the best of both Australian and New Zealand filmmaking than you, Jane,” he said. “With your cutting-edge TOP OF THE LAKE television series set in New Zealand and TOP OF THE LAKE: CHINA GIRL set in Australia, you remain extremely relevant to the advancement of the Australian and New Zealand screen arts. You are at the top of your game. We are pleased to present you with our Top Of The Tasman Award.”
The festival opened with two of Jane's films: a short film she made as a student at AFTERS -An Exercise in Discipline: Peel - which won the Palme d'Or for best short film in 1986, and her first feature film - Sweetie - which was selected for Cannes in 1989. (Jane won the Palme D'Or for The Piano in 1993 and is the only woman to have won the Palme d'Or for directing.)
After the screening of the two films, Jane participated in a conversation about Sweetie with celebrated film biographer Michel Climent.
Jane Campion (center) with Michel Climent (right) at Cinema des Antipodes in Saint Tropez
The festival's Nicolas Baudin Prize for best short film, voted on by French high school students from regional schools, and Australian Short Film Today's Audience Award for Saint Tropez went to THE ELEVEN O'CLOCK by Derin Seale. Australian Short Film Today's audience runner up award went to ADELE by Mirene Igwabi.