Carcassonne: “The Sandman” wins two prizes at the International Political Film Festival

The French film directed by Steve Achiepo wins the feature film audience award and the best director award at the International Political Film Festival in Carcassonne.

A full house for the French director from Hauts-de-Seine, Steve Achiepo. He and his film won two prizes at the International Political Film Festival, where eight prizes were awarded at the closing ceremony of the FIFP on Monday January 16. An evening during which the organizers wanted to salute the work of the teams and the attendance of the public. “We had a wonderful moment, a historic edition”launches the president of the FIFP, Etienne Garcia, in the preamble by praising “the involvement of men and women” volunteers. Henzo Lefèvre meanwhile applauds a “dedicated team allowing the existence of the festival”.

Entitled “Le Marchand de sable”, and evoking the problem of slum merchants, the French film won the public feature award and that of the best director, whose jury was made up of Bruno Solo, Anne Azoulay and Thomas Solivérès. The prize for the best short film is awarded to “Seven minutes and thirty one seconds” by Solmaz Gholami, which wins both the public and the jury’s reward. The grand jury prize goes to “Alam” by Firas Khoury. That of the best documentary to “Rojek” by Zayne Akyol. Finally, the winner of the student jury prize is awarded to Ruslan Fedotow for “Where are we headed”.

The festival in figures

This fifth edition, which took place from January 12 to 16, brought together nearly 15,900 entries, including 1,600 students from Aude establishments. This represents an attendance of +40% compared to the previous year. The International Political Film Festival is also: 37 preview screenings and world and international premieres from 19 different countries. The FIFP was also more than 100 volunteers mobilized, whom the festival organizers and the hundred people present for the closing ceremony did not fail to thank.

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