Compétition internationale
43rd edition
19>28 november 2021, Nantes

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2021 Festival

43RD Edition

The Festival des 3 Continents is back for its 43rd edition from November 19-28, with screenings in Nantes and in cinemas across the Loire-Atlantique region (Ancenis, Clisson, Héric, Saint-Herblain, and Saint-Nazaire). A selection of films will be made available online in all France.

The festival selection will include a wide range of fiction and documentary films from Africa, Latin America, and Asia.

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For its 43rd edition, the Festival des 3 Continents is presenting over 80 films, many of which in premiere. In addition to its official selection mostly composed of recent films, the festival will also pay tribute to the renowned Japanese studio Shochiku in its centenary year; celebrate 20 years of Produire au Sud (the festival’s international co-production workshop); hold an open-air screening, and present films for younger audiences.

Official Selection

The Festival des 3 Continents will feature a vast array of special screenings of recent films (fictions and documentaries), some of which were adversely affected by the difficulties of recent times. They will provide a backdrop to the International Competition composed by films in French premiere.

100 Years of Shochiku

Originally specialised in kabuki productions, Shochiku embarked on filmmaking on February 11, 1920. In the space of a few short years, the studio established itself as one of the most important in Japanese history, a fact that is still true to this day. The biggest names in the industry – Yasujiro Ozu, Kenji Mizoguchi, Mikio Naruse, Akira Kurosawa, to name a few – spent all or part of their careers there.

The Festival des 3 Continents is determined to celebrate Shochiku’s 100th anniversary in 2021, having been unable to do so in 2020.

20 years of Produire au Sud

Through the lens of a few emblematic screenwriters, the Festival des 3 Continents will look back on the past 20 years of its Produire au Sud workshop. A diverse selection of films illustrates how successful Produire au Sud and the Festival des 3 Continents have been in achieving one of their core ambitions: supporting emerging writers and producers

Films from this programme will be made available online in all France.

As part of this 20th anniversary year, the Festival des 3 Continents will also host the 21st workshop on international coproduction tools. Six producer/director pairs and their respective feature film projects are selected to take part and benefit from the experience, teaching, and on-going support of a group of experts, from development to the beginning of production.

A Place on Earth

A programme as a dialogue with Miguel Torga’s aphorism, “The universal is the local without walls”, and even more so a response to the limited views endured from the many and difficult restrictions of recent months. It is a small digression through a dozen films, suitable for all audiences. Certain films will be presented to secondary-school students as an introduction to the theme including Alamar by Pedro González Rubio, Beasts of the Southern Wild by Benh Zeitlin, Life, and Nothing More by Abbas Kiarostami, and Pather Panchali (Song of the Little Road) by Satyajit Ray.

First Steps Towards the 3 Continents

First Steps Towards the 3 Continents offers a selection of films for children and families. There are three different programmes according to age group for pupils from kindergarten through elementary school.

The 2020 Award Winners

Audiences will have the pleasure of discovering last year’s laureates, which could not be presented and whose films remain unseen in theatres.

In 2020, the Montgolfière d’or was awarded to two films: Moving on by Korean director, Yoon Dan-bi, and to Zero by Japanese director Kazuhiro Soda. The Young Jury Award went to Mexican film Kokoloko by Gerardo Naranjo.

The full programme will be announced November 4, 2021 at a press conference in Nantes that will also be live-streamed online (available afterwards on Facebook and Instagram).


Open-air screening

In collaboration with Les Machines de L’Île, the Festival des 3 Continents welcomes the general public to a free open-air screening on the evening of Saturday, November 20. Akira Kurosawa’s 1961 film Yojimbo [The Bodyguard], which served as the inspiration for Sergio Leone’s A Fistful of Dollars (1964), will be shown on the big screen. It will be followed by a concert (film scores), performed by the Nantes University Symphony Orchestra.




LE Jury Jeune de la 43e éditioN

En partenariat avec Le Damier, fondation du groupe Brémond.

Au cœur de la programmation Festival des 3 Continents, la compétition de longs métrages est une occasion unique de découvrir des réalisations totalement inédites en Europe.

L’enjeu est de taille pour les jeunes cinéastes sélectionnés… Un prix au Festival des 3 Continents peut leur donner la visibilité nécessaire à la rencontre d’un distributeur qui permettrait la diffusion de leur travail en France.

Aux côtés des Montgolfières d’or et d’argent, décernés par le Jury issu du monde du cinéma, et du Prix du Public, attribué par le vote des spectateurs, le Prix du Jury Jeune, doté par la Fondation Le Damier, est remis par cinq jeunes de 18 à 23 ans habitant l’agglomération nantaise et sélectionnés sur candidature.

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