Producer Patrick Sobelman & Gaumont Exec Ariane Toscan du Plantier To Head Up France’s César Academy

Producer Patrick Sobelman and Ariane Toscan du Plantier, director of Cinema Distribution France and International at film and TV company Gaumont, have been voted in as president and vice-president of France’s César Academy.

Their mandate begins on July 16 for two years. Sobelman was previously vice-president of the César Academy alongside outgoing president Véronique Cayla.

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The president and vice-president, the members of the executive Academy Office, who assist them in their work, as well as the heads of the 22 professionals chapters were voted on by the 176 members of the general assembly of the Association for the Promotion of Cinema, the umbrella body overseeing Cesar Academy. The general assembly members are in turn voted in by the some 4,700 members of the academy.

Since 2020, the APC has stipulated gender parity across the César Academy’s Presidency, Academy Office and different chapter representatives, following accusations of lack of gender equality within its ranks which contributed to the org imploding at the beginning of that year.

The new members of Academy Office are producer Toufik Ayadi, director Bertrand Bonello, production designer Chloé Cambournac, director and screenwriter Pascale Ferran, actress Ana Girardot, sound editor Nicolas Naegelen, producer and distributor Justin Pechberty, producer Miléna Poylo. Actor Antoine Reinartz and agent Élisabeth Tanner.

The Cesar Academy also unveiled the 44 newly elected representatives of the 22 professional chapters within the APC.

Maïmouna Doucouré
Jean-Paul Salomé

Maud Ameline
Romain Compingt

David Reyes
Béatrice Thiriet

Marina Foïs
Olivier Rabourdin

Rémy Chevrin
Jeanne Lapoirie

Lucien Balibar
Mélissa Petitjean

Yann Dedet
Sophie Reine

Alice Cambournac
Pierre-Jean Larroque

Set Design
Riton Dupire-Clément
Esther Mysius

Hair & Make-Up
Odile Fourquin
Simon Livet

Special Effects
Roxane Fechner
Matthias Weber

Youna de Peretti
François Guignard

Production management
Nicolas Royer
Pauline Seigland

Technical Industries
Sophie Frilley
Tommaso Vergallo

Marie-Ange Luciani
David Thion

Distribution and films sales
Laurence Gachet
Etienne Ollagnier

Christine Beauchemin-Flot
William Benedetto

Talent agents & press agents
Laura Meerson
Grégory Weill

Associated professions
Béatrice Boursier
Patrick Fabre

Ron Dyens
Luce Grosjean

Barthélémy Fougea
Rebecca Houzel

Short film
Amélie Chatellier
Lucas Tothe

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