15-22 december 2018 D-28



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For our tenth edition, we have elaborated a special programme full of celebrations and novelties. Today, let’s unveil one of them…

Les Arcs Film Festival becomes part of the heritage of Les Arcs with the Slope of Fame ! Inspired by the famous Hollywood Walk of Fame, we want to acknowledge all the celebrities who’ve visited the festival, in our « alpine way ». It’s a way to anchor the tight bond between the resort and cinema and to make the myth of the Festival alive all year long ! Therefore, the Festival’s heritage will be highlighted by punctuating the slope crossing the village of Arc 1950 with billboards with the names of these celebrities. These billboards will be an hommage to those who make the European cinema, actresses and actors, directors…

Original, disturbed and impactful, this idea will get itself talked about and attract the skiers and passers-by’s curiosity !


50 years ago, the ski resort of Les Arcs was born. We grew up with it and with the ski maps illustrated by Pierre Novat. For our tenth anniversary, we highlight our mountain values, tell who we are (yes, everything we do becomes tentacular!) and we give a little wink at our heart resort!

Ruben Östlund President of the Jury!

Ruben Östlund © Sina Gortz

We are honored to reveal the name of the President of our feature film Jury: the Swedish director Ruben Östlund.

Having directed five feature films, most of which rewarded in the most prestigious film festivals around the world, Ruben Östlund represents the avant-garde of the European cinema.

His latest film The Square won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 2017. He also received several awards for The Guitar Mongoloid (2004), Play (2011) and Snow Therapy (2014) which was partly shot in Les Arcs.

Ruben Östlund was born in 1974 on Styrsö, a small island on the West Coast of Sweden.

He studied graphic design before enrolling at the University of Gothenburg, where he met Erik Hemmendorff with whom he later founded Plattform Produktion. An avid skier, Östlund directed three ski films, alluding to his taste for long sequence shots, a taste he structured and developed throughout his film studies and which to this day remains an important trademark of his work.

Ruben has become well known for his humorous and accurate portrayal of human social behaviour, as well as for his renowned use of Photoshop and other forms of image processing software in his films.

His feature debut The Guitar Mongoloid, produced by the co‐founder of Plattform Produktion, Erik Hemmendorff, won the FIPRESCI Award at Moscow in 2005. The film was then distributed in more than 20 countries and shown at numerous festivals, awarding Ruben international recognition. Two years later, he won the Golden Bear in Berlin for Incident by Bank,  a short film in which every camera movement was computer generated in post-production.

The premiere of his third feature film Play  was held in Cannes at the Director’s Fortnight, where he was awarded the ‛Coup de coeur’ Prize. After Cannes, Play  was shown in Venice and Toronto as well as numerous other festivals where it was awarded additional prizes and distinctions.

Among others, Play  was nominated for the prestigious LUX prize of the European Parliament and won the Nordic Prize, the highest distinction in Scandinavia.

His fourth feature film, Force Majeure, premiered at Un Certain Regard in Cannes 2014, where it was awarded the Jury Prize. The film was selected in countless festivals and won 16 Best Foreign Film awards. Force Majeure  was also nominated for a Golden Globe and shortlisted for an Oscar.

The film has been distributed in over 70 countries.

In 2017, Ruben’s fifth feature film The Square  won the Palme d’Or in Cannes. It was also nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.

THE SQUARE  (2017)
PLAY  (2011)
INCIDENT BY BANK  (2010, short)


The Cannes Film Festival 71st edition ended last weekend.

Les Arcs Film Festival wants to sincerely congratulate the staff of :
- GIRL, directed by Lukas Dhont, which has been selected in the category Un certain Regard and has won the Camera d’Or Award, the Best Actor Award (Victor Polster) and the Queer Palm. 
- DIAMANTINO, directed by Gabriel Abrantes and Daniel Schmidt, which has received the Nespresso Grand Prize at La Semaine de la Critique. 

Both films were invited to the 2017 Work-In-Progress session, where the film GIRL was awarded by the TitraFilm Price. 

Besides that, 5 other projects, which have previously been part of the Work In Progress sessions and the Coproduction Village of Les Arcs, were selected in different sections of the Cannes Film Festival : 
- IN MY ROOM, directed by Ulrich Köhler at Un Certain Regard (2017 Work-In-Progress session)

- CASSANDRO THE EXOTICO, directed by Marie Losier at Acid (2017 Work In Progress session)

- CHRIS THE SWISS, directed by Anja Kofmel at Semaine de la Critique (2015 Work-In-Progress session)

- NOS BATAILLES, directed by Guillaume Senez at Semaine de la Critique (2015 Coproduction Village)

- THE LOAD, directed by Ognjen Glavonic at Directors' Fortnight (2013 School Village)

List of our main Snowflakes


CANNES 2018: actions for more equality in the film industry

The Lab Femmes de Cinema in Cannes
From its beginning, the Lab Femmes de Cinema has organized 12 workshops, gathering more than 100 personalities of the industry (directors, actors & actresses, distributors, producers, theatre holders, etc.) to express themselves on the place of women in the Film Industry. Numerous ideas arose from these workshops. We selected 30 ideas, that have been posted on our website and sent to Françoise Nyssen (French Culture Minister), to the Centre National du Cinéma et de l’Image Animée (CNC - the French Film Institute) and media. We are very pleased to see that the French Culture Minister stated her involvement on the women issue at the « 5050 in 2020 » event (organized in Cannes by our partner Le Deuxième Regard), by proposing measures very close to our 30 ideas. 

"Les petits papiers du Lab"
Besides, the Lab Femmes de Cinema was hosted at The Five Seas Hotel, lovely place for many Festival visitors, for a poetic and politic action: « Les petits papiers du Lab ». The Lab asked inspiring personalities of the Film Industry to express themselves on a little piece of paper with an idea, a word, a wish, a drawing, a rant … about the women representation in the industry and to sign it. These little pieces of art were exhibited at the Five Seas Hotel during the Cannes Film festival. 

82 women on the red carpet 
82 women protested against inequalities between men and women in the Film Industry, by investing the Cannes Film Festival red carpet. One of them was Anna Ciennik, our Industry Village Manager, who is also a member of the association le Deuxième Regard.


December 17th 2017

It was the day before the opening of the festival... it was crazy!

L^A.M.E has offered us a fabulous show to begin this edition wonderfully, even more determined than ever. The Jury and the talents were invited to a live set by Gribz which became a great jam session with Corine, NACH, Gladys, Lulu Gainsbourg, Bibo Bergeron, Pierre Juarez, Matthieu Chedid and many other, followed by a carte blanche by TANC.

December 13th 2017


It had been teasing us for several days behind the clouds but now that's done, it showed up. A very nice show at the break of dawn and a fabulous scenery to host a festival!

December 12th 2017

Waiting for you...

Small walk in Arc 1950 Le Village, under a ray of sunshine. The streets are deserted and the snow is immaculate. The calm before the storm: in 4 days, the resort will fill up, festival-goers will invade the cinemas and the skiers will take the slopes by storm... and to be honest, we are impatient!

November 10th 2017

Trailer of the Festival 2017

A taste of what you can expect this year... Prestigious guests, cinema, ski, concerts, a unique atmosphere in an amazing setting!

November 6th 2017

The festival unveils its selection!

The program of the 9th edition is now available!

Check out the program

September 18th 2017

The festival poster

We are thrilled to reveal the poster of the 9th edition of Les Arcs Film Festival !

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