Jury of the First Feature Prize

Tuesday August 11, 2022

Pierre-Henri Deleau

Pierre-Henri Deleau began his career as an assistant director to Jacques Doniol-Valcroze and Pierre Kast and then as a director in educational television. He directed a short, Virginie ou la double rupture, in 1969.  He is the co-founder of the FILMOBLIC production house which produced or co-produced films by Hugo Santiago, Jean-Louis Comolli, Jean-François Dion, Claude Miller, Edouardo de Gregorio and Jean-Pierre Lefebvre. In 1969, he co-founded the Directors’ Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival and was its director for three decades. In 1996, he co-founded the Forum of European Cinema in Strasbourg, and in 1987 co-founded FIPA (Festival international des programmes audiovisuels) and directed the event in Cannes, Nice and Biarritz until 2009. That year he became member of the selection committee for first works at the European Film Academy. As director of the Cinéma and Littérature collection of Les Éditions Jean-Claude Lattès, he has published books on Michelangelo Antonioni, Groucho Marx, Andrezj Zulawski and Yilmäz Güney, among others.


Donald Ranvaud

Anglo-Italian with a French name and a marked tendency toward the Brazilian, Donald Ranvaud taught at universities ofWarwickand East Anglia, where he became chairman of the film department. He founded the independent film magazine Frameworkin 1975, which he edited until 1988 and freelanced for MFB, Sight and Sound, The Guardian, La Repubblica, Les Cahiers du Cinéma, American Film as well published books on Italian cinema. During this period he directed documentary items for Channel Four and RAI Uno, including portraits of Paul Schrader, Raul Ruiz, Cui Jian, Laurie Anderson and David Mamet as well as co-directed a feature, Visioni Private. In 1989 he helped start the European SCRIPTFund. Since then he embarked on production full time, with directors and in countries before they become fashionable, particularly China: 1989-1993(especially Life on a String and including Farewell my Concubine); and Latin America, 1994 - today(Central do Brasil, Familia Rodante, Xango, Lavoura Arcaica, Babilonia 2000, Madame Sata, Cidade de Deus, nominated for four Oscars in 2004). Most recently he was executive producer on The Constant Gardener by Fernando Meirelles.




President of A-Z Films, over Antoine Zeind has worked in all facets of the motion picture industry, from the production and distribution of films to their exhibition. Along with an MBA from University of Quebec in Montreal, he holds a master’s degree in cinema from the University of Montreal. Over his career, he has held key posts with well-known organizations in the industry. From 1999 to 2001, he was the general manager of  the “Grande Fête du Cinema Comique”. He also collaborated on screenings at  the Montreal World Film Festival. As an exhibitor, he helped plan and coordinate the opening of the 18-plex Colossus in Laval that opened under the Famous Players banner in November of 2000. He also supervised operations of the IMAX theatre inside Montreal’s downtown Famous Players Paramount complex. With Christal Films, he held the post of director of booking and marketing.  Zeind served as producer of the short film, Une blonde pour Anatole (1999), A-Z Films Productions, directed by Isabelle Raynauld and starring Andrée Lachapelle, which was broadcast on Radio-Canada.


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