Although its full official line up will not be announced until August 19, the Deauville Festival of American Film has provided some hints about the upcoming 30th anniversary event.

The Prix Michel d'Ornano, which was created as an aid to writers and which rewards a debut feature length film, will go to Eleonore Faucher's Brodeuses.

The film, which tied for the Grand Prize at this year's Critics' Week during the Cannes Film Festival, is a moving coming of age story set in cotemporary France.

Voted on by members of the international press, the prize will be handed out on September 5 during the Festival. Last year's winner, Depuis Qu'Otar Est Parti went on to enjoy a very healthy international career.

Deauville will also host a tribute to Steven Spielberg. The director's entire oeuvre from Duel through to The Terminal will be shown over the course of the ten day event.

Spielberg cohort George Lucas will also be honoured with the premiere of the director's cut of THX 1138 as well as other films.

For the 30th edition, French director Claude Lelouch will preside over the jury which is expected to comprise only women.