Become a Film Critic Contest

2018 Contest

Focus on French Cinema Festival offers many opportunities for students to get involved and earn extra credit. One such way is through our BECOME A FILM CRITIC CONTEST. This is an engaging way for you to learn how to analyze of a film and be your own film critic.

Special School Screening on Friday April 26th at 11:00: The award winning film THE MYSTERY OF HENRI PICK.

This year students will watch “The Mystery of Henri Pick”;  The film is directed by Rémi Bezançon.

Synopsis: In a strange library in the heart of Brittany, a young editor finds an extraordinary manuscript. She immediately decides to publish it. The novel becomes a bestseller. But the author, Henri Pick, a Breton pizza chef who died two years earlier, “never wrote anything besides a grocery list”, according to his widow. Suspecting a literary hoax, a famed critic decides to investigate, with the unexpected help of the daughter of the mysterious Henri Pick. Based on the 2016 novel, Le Mystère Henri Pick, by award winning French author and screenwriter, David Foenkinos.

How to submit your film review?

2016 Contest

2016 fantastic film was “Tomorrow” (DEMAIN) which won a Cesar award for best documentary in Feb. 2016.  The film is directed by the French actress Mélanie Laurent and Cyril Dion.
Winners of the contest were:
Elizabeth Williams: Greenwich High School
Adrien Gordon: FASNY

2015 Contest

In 2015, middle and high School students and teachers were invited to watch Once in a Lifetime (Les Héritiers). They also took part in the “Become a Film Critic” contest sponsored by BNP Paribas.

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