JURY 2013

Fouad Benhammou, Director

After studying communication, Fouad Benhammou directed several short films, which allowed him to get his first job as a director for television.

After creating FIXION, a fantasy web-series awarded at the 2008 Luchon TV FESTIVAL, he directed his first feature film for cinema: “LE VILLAGE DES OMBERS”, a fantasy tale, with Christa THERET, Barbara GOENAGA – the Spanish actress star of CRONOCRIMENES and AGNOSIA – Cyrille THOUVENIN, Ornella BOULÉ, Axel KIENER and Jonathan COHEN.

After being released in theaters at the end of 2010, THE VILLAGE OF SHADOWS was broadcast in the summer of 2012 on the channels of the CANAL + package and very recently on CINÉ + FRISSON.

In a completely different register, he has just signed the direction of VDM, LA SÉRIE, the TV adaptation of the famous website VDM.

The 60 X 5 minute comedy series, currently in the final stages of post-production, will air in late September 2013 on NT1.

In the cast, we will find in the recurring roles: Pascal Légitimus, Pascal Demolon, Pierre Bénézit and Guillaume Carcaud. And among the guests: Bruno Salomone, Philippe Nahon, Daniel Russo, Zinedine Soualem, Antoine Duléry, Bérangère Krief …

He has also just finished shooting a very personal short film, written by Onna Clairin, with Jemima West and Nicolas Marié in the main roles.

Camille Solal, Actress

Camille SOLAL is an actress, author, director, coach and art therapist. She has created three solo shows performed in Paris (Feux de la rampe, Clavel, Palais des Glaces… and on tour). She has been performing in theaters since 2012 alongside Michel Leeb, directed by Jean-luc Moreau. She collaborated with Jean Dujardin, Gilles Lellouche, Alex Lutz among others in “Le débarquement” on Canal +. She has published two novels with EDILIVRE.

Isabelle Doll, Casting Director

After a master’s degree in Cinema at the University of Paris 3, Isabelle directed two short films and became the founding president of the European fan club of Steven Spielberg. At the age of 25, she was hired as Casting Director for fiction at Canal +. In 2012 she became a freelancer and directed casting for TF1 (“Mon histoire vraie”), M6 and ARTE (“La Minute vieille”) . She continues to work with Canal + by directing the casting of the series “Working girls”, nominated at the Emmy Awards 2013.

Isabelle has also done the casting for many commercials for major brands such as: Ikea, Renault, L’Oreal, MTV, Sony or Swarovky.

Since 2000, Isabelle has worked in the film industry with many directors for short and feature films: Terry Gilliam, Flora Gomes, Maria De Medeiros, Ivan Radkine, Sylvain Fusée, etc.

After working as an assistant to film producer Eric Névé in 2011, Isabelle worked as a producer for the French SF series “Metal Hurlant Chronicles” in 2012, sold in 30 countries worldwide.

This year, she has just created her own production company: “L’étrange Lucarne” with award-winning director Sébastien Drouin and joined the team of the Parisian festival “Geekopolis” as video manager and producer.

Isabelle is currently writing her first novel, sponsored by the world famous French author, Bernard Werber.

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Florent Lamy, Manager

Florent Lamy was born on July 21, 1978. He spent a large part of his schooling between Switzerland and the Auvergne. After having spent several years in Sport studies section Tennis at high level, he returns to Paris where he passes a BTS Audiovisual production. Attracted by the film production, he will then work alongside many producers such as Jean-Claude Lamy (France 3 cinema), Rodolphe Oppenheimer (Open Art production), Margaret Ménégoz (Les films du Losange). In the early 2000s, he met the press officer François Frey, who hired him as press officer at Kinéma Film. During several years, he will manage the communication and the press of many American films (Lord of the Rings, Reisdent Evil, Notebook, Blade, Monster, Eastern Promise etc.). With this experience and his network built with foreign countries, in particular with the United States and England, he set up in 2007 his first agency of Press Relations personalized for the French and foreign actors. In 2013, due to an increasing demand for foreign talent, wanting to work in Europe and in France, Florent joined the Vefour Group headed by Gérald Vefour, creating with his partners and the producer/manager Richard Paraiso, the Vefour Management department, the first talent management agency in France, specializing in international talent management for the European market. Today, the agency manages numerous French and foreign talents such as: Ron Perlman, Rose McGowan, Nastassja Kinski, Tania Raymonde, James Foley (director), Antoine Fuqua (director), Aurélien Wiik, Noémie Merlant, Caroline Ducey etc.

Xavier Laurent, actor

Xavier Laurent currently works between London and Paris and has participated in the last few years in three American film shoots:
“Rush” directed by Ron Howard (Da Vinci code, Appolo 13, A Beautiful Man),
“Red2” directed by Dean Parisot with Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Anthony Hopkins
and “Monuments men” directed by George Clooney, with George Clooney, Matt Damon, Jean Dujardin, Cate Blanchett.

Xavier was recently the short film jury for the 21st edition of the Gerardmer Fantastic Film Festival 2014.

He has just shot “Bone in the throat” directed by Graham Henman with Ed Westwisk (Gossip Girls), Tom Wilkinson (The Grand Budapest Hotel) and Vanessa Kirby (Jupiter Ascending) and has just joined the cast of the series “Wolf Hall” for BBC2 with Mark Rylance and Damian Lewis (Homeland).

Xavier has just completed the lead role in a French feature film “Cuba libre”, directed by Caroline Chomienne, alongside Nathalia Acevedo.

James BKS

A songwriter born in 1982 in Paris, James spent several years in exile in the United States before returning to France four years ago. This self-taught artist quickly made a name for himself in composition and artistic production by working with several platinum-selling artists (from Daniel Lévi to Vitaa, including Snoop Dogg and P. Diddy). James has the sensitivity and musical culture of the classical composers combined with the freshness and and intelligence of the new generation.

At the same time, he distinguishes himself in the composition of original music for cinema, television television and advertising. In 2012 he composed the music for the theatrical adaptation of ‘The Full Monty’ – Ladies Night in Full – as well as the music for the Espresso Gold advertisement. Three of the short films for which he composed the music will be selected for the short program of the Cannes Film Festival in 2013 and he writes and composes all the music of Audrey Estrougo’s third feature film ‘Une histoire banale’.

In 2014, James composes the music of the campaign Oasis Be Fruit whose music is and widely acclaimed on the web. He is currently working on the original music of the film film ‘Taularde’ produced by Rouge International (Julie Gayet) and whose main role is none other than Sophie Marceau.

Patrick Amson