Program To Feature Special Out-of-Competition Screening of Quimera by Spanish Filmmaker Tomas Vergara, Starring Argentine Actor Martin Rodriquez (Griselda), followed by Q&A 

Scheduled from May 17-18, 2024, the sixth annual French Riviera Film Festival (FRFF), celebrating short film and short-form content from around the globe, is pleased to unveil the finalist shorts of the 2024 competition, the announcement was made today by festival co-founders Nicole Goesseringer Muj and Gotham Chandna.

First launched in 2019, FRFF recognizes and celebrates short-form content created for film, television, web and all digital platforms. Scheduled during the time period of the Festival de Cannes, FRFF invites filmmakers from around the globe to participate in the two-day event that includes screenings, 7th annual Global Entertainment Showcase (to be announced shortly), VIP receptions, and closing gala awards ceremony.

The first day’s schedule will be highlighted with a special out-of-competition screening of the new short psychological thriller Quimera by Tomas Vergara, starring Argentine actor Martin Rodriquez (star of Netflix’s Griselda) and Gadea Jimenez. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the film’s actors and director.  

“2024 will mark a very exciting edition for our boutique short film festival,” comments Ms. Muj. “We’re delighted to be spotlighting the short film genre and recognizing the talented filmmakers and industry creatives from around the globe once again during the time of the Festival de Cannes.”

The festival will feature the works of filmmakers from more than 20 countries. The full list of finalist and honorable mention films in the award categories of Drama, Comedy, Documentary, Sci-Fi/Horror, Animation, Experimental, Fashion, Music Video, Micro Short, Student, and Activism is listed on the festival’s official website:  https://frenchrivierafilmfestival.com/2024-finalists-special-mention/

At the official opening reception and closing awards ceremony, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Audience, Rising Star and Industry Excellence awards will also be presented (more details to follow). FRFF festival attendees and participants include filmmakers, industry executives, celebrities, media and influencers.

Festival screenings are free to attend and will be held live over two days from 10 am to 3 pm at the Eden Hotel & Spa (133 rue d’Antibes), with special ‘by invitation only’ receptions and awards events planned after each day’s screenings at the Bel-Air Fine Art Gallery and Eden Hotel.

The festival finalists and special mention films will also screen online beginning May 17 and 18th on Entertainment Oxygen’s eoFlix platform.

Event partners include Eden Hotel and SpaBeverly Hills HotelBel-Air Fine ArtEntertainment OxygenLamborghini ChampagneCardinal du FourThe Good GinVOGA Proseccofilmfestivals.comIndie Entertainment Media, and Just Cinema Magazine.  Gift bag partners include BionovaCalessia JewelryScruples HaircareVelvet Eyewear, with bags by Shiki Wrap.

FRFF’s Advisory Board includes Michael Benoraya, founder, International Film Trust; Joan Burney Keatings, chief executive,  Cinemagic; Bruno Chatelin, COO, filmfestivals.com (also on festival jury), Emmy Award-winning actor Vincent De Paul; Larry Namer, president/CEO,  Metan Global Entertainment Group, Ana B. Remos, vice president, editorial director & founder, azureazure.com (also on festival jury), Dr. Laura Wilhelm, founder/principal, LauraWil Intercultural (also on festival jury), and Daphna Edwards Ziman, president, Cinémoi USA.  Jury members include Rehna Azim, awards editor, Movie Marker; Lena Basse, journalist, Golden Globes; Claude Brickell, filmmaker, screenwriter and educator; Anna Marie de la Fuente; Kate Elfatah, HoM Consulting; Giovanni Menicocci, Mauxa/Daily Bloid; James Prestige, publisher, Close-Up Culture; entertainment attorney Tshombe Sampson; Eileen Tasca, managing director, Alien Films & Task Films; and Sue Vicory, founder, Heartland Films and womendocumentaryfilmmakers.com.

French Riviera Film Festival Founders  Gotham Chandna of Cloud 21 PR International and Nicole Goesseringer Muj of Kultura PR International have produced numerous industry special events, including the annual “Global Entertainment Showcase” during the Cannes Film Festival and Marché du Film, the annual “Production Without Borders” event during AFM, the annual Indie Entertainment Showcase in Park City, Utah, and “A Salute to Akira Kurosawa” with China’s Jinke Entertainment in Cannes. The companies have co-produced events and worked with top entertainment and technology brands, including Cinando, Creative Coalition, Davines North America, E! Entertainment Television, ECU Film Festival, Eurocinema, Euromed, FlixSnip, Maverick Entertainment, Metan Global Entertainment Group, Oculus, Sony Interactive, Vesilind, 8K Miles Media Group, FanVestor, plus many others.

Photos/Videos Courtesy of FRFF.  (Poster: Official Artwork by Cindy Shaoul)