IT TAKES TWO!
Johanna Caraire and Pauline Reiffers both have Fifib’s destiny fate in their hands. In unison, they ensure the festival’s success.
You’ve been called the French Sundance festival, are you running with that?
That was pretty cool, but we’ve never been! Cannes Critics’ Week, with its demanding selection that is limited in number, or the San Sebastian festival, with its strong public turnout and festive atmosphere: that’s more what we aim for. Plus, the success of the Sundance festival… they have Robert Redford at the helm; here, it’s just a little unknown group of fellow cinema-lovers.
How do you make your selection?
We receive approximately 300
full-length feature films and about 500 shorts. Some of the collaborators in the Critics’ Week have just joined our Bordelais team. Only ten films are shown in each category. Since last year, we have added a third competition called “contrebands”, which showcases Francophone films made on small budgets and have no distributor.
The Fifib soirées also have a good reputation…
The competition is just the cherry on top. On the programme there are hundreds of events, avantpremières, carte blanche
to a cinema personality, initiatives that support regional cinema, a focus on world cinema, like looking at the Polish youth, and a great many professional events with Fifib Création, which provides a forum for creating films as well as support programs. Without this professional aspect, the festival wouldn't last. Working on films' life cycles before their release helps us to stay relevant. Despite our commitment to cinema, we also want to be inclusive, and so in this city it was logical to give musicians a significant place, be it on stage or even on the jury (Yuksek in 2015, Elli Medeiros and Oxmo Puccino in 2016).
Which musical patrons are lined up for this year?
Melvil Poupaud, Eric Judor, Eva Bester, Asia Argento and Tshegue- an artist that distills a surprising afropunk electro- will make up the jury. As for performances, the Swiss musician, Buvette- creator of a subtle pop electronica- will launch the after-party of the opening ceremony, and Tsegue will set the Thursday night alight. Plus many other surprises every evening at Cour Mably.