Last year a few French films attracted the attention of American audiences, like The Intouchables and Rust and Bone. But a lot of French fare goes unnoticed here, partly due to the small number of art-house theaters and the unwillingness of mainstream crowds to sit through subtitles.
That's where My French Film Festival comes in. The annual fest, which launched this week, highlights some of the best French movies of the last year. Film lovers around the world are invited to watch them online and vote for the best.
There's certainly a demand for this type of event: Last year the festival attracted 1.3 million viewings in 174 countries. This year Michel Hazanavicius, director of The Artist, heads up a committee that will award a special jury prize.
Selections are pretty diverse and include the documentary Tous Au Larzac (translation: Leader-Sheep) and Radiostars, a film about a comedian who writes for a morning radio show.
The flicks are available until Feb. 17 though the official site, iTunes and various other channels.