THE FESTIVAL’S HISTORY
In the 19th century, sea bathing became such a trend that it was only natural that the Cote d’Emeraude (Emerald Coast) of Brittany with its rugged coastline and romantic spots should arouse a keen interest.
The fashion – originating in England – turned Dinard into an international seaside resort. Many rich British aristocrats were drawn to the city on the coast and played an instrumental role in its development. Falling in love with their surroundings, the newcomers built stylish villas in the Victorian style and the magic prevails to this day in the very British atmosphere in the streets and on the beaches.
The Dinard British Film Festival was launched in 1989 to bring to France a variety of dynamic and original British productions for both professionals and cinephiles. The Festival and British film production seem to have followed parallel paths since then. Indeed, the number of films produced in great Britain doubled in the 90’s while the Festival grew both in fame and attendance. And British cinema – from social chronicles to eccentric comedies – is thriving. True to its original spirit, the British Film Festival of Dinard has become a major venue for film-makers wishing to enter the European market as well as distributors looking for films for their cinemas post-Festival.
A true cradle of preview showings, the Festival has demonstrated its flair for picking successful films over and over again by scheduling and awarding prizes to the likes of Shallow Grave (1994), Billy Elliot (2000), Bloody Sunday (2002) and Girl with a Pearl Earring (2003).
Many French and English cinematic celebrities have graced the Dinard Festival with their presence: Catherine Deneuve, Ben Kingsley, Hugh Grant, Charlotte Rampling, Jane Birkin, Sir Tom Courtenay, Sir Christopher Lee, Peter Mullan, Toby Jones, Nathalie Baye, John Hurt, Julie Gayet, Patrick Bruel, Éric Cantona, Valérie Lemercier, Shane Meadows, Emmanuelle Devos, Siena Miller, Line Renaud, Léa Druker, Roger Moore, Romane Bohringer, Daniel Craig and in 2015, Jean Rochefort, Alexandra Lamy, Natalie Dormer, Virginie Efira, Emma de Caunes, Hanif Kureishi and in 2016 Claude Lelouch, James d’Arcy, Colin Vaines, Phil Davis, Jalil Lespert,…
THE FESTIVAL’S FIGURES
- 5 days, 5 screens, more than 30 000 entries in 2016
- Around 30 feature films with 80% in preview and 6 in competition, around 20 short films