Eric Cantona to head the 24th Dinard British Film Festival jury, which will also include actress Star Trek Into Darkness actress Alice Eve, actor Toby Jones and Oscar-winning producer David Parfitt

The Dinard British Film Festival has announced its full line-up of British films and the jury who will judge this year’s competition section.

As well as more than 30 British films being screened from Oct 2-6, programmed by festival director Hussam Hindi for festival president Sylvie Mallet, the festival will celebrate the work of director of photography Phillippe Rousselot and the films of acclaimed actor Toby Jones.

As previously announced, professional footballer-turned-actor Eric Cantona will be the jury president. Jury members from France and the UK include:

  • Actress Alice Eve
  • Actor Toby Jones
  • Oscar-winning producer David Parfitt
  • Actor Michael Smiley
  • Screenwriter Natalie Carter
  • Director Fred Cavayé
  • Actor Hippolyte Girardot 
  • Director/screenwriter Amanda Sthers

The films in competition for the Golden Hitchcock Award, which the jury will consider, include:

The opening night film will be TV movie The Girl, starring Toby Jones as Alfred Hitchcock and Sienna Miller as Tippi Hedren, with whom the ‘master of suspense’ formed an obsession during the filming of The Birds.

It will be part of a celebration of work by Jones, star of Infamous and Berberian Sound Studio, which will also screen in the festival.

The closing night film is Roger Michell’s Le Week-End, starring Jim Broadbent, Lindsay Duncan and Jeff Goldblum.

There will be a special screening of Ken Loach’s 2009 comedy drama Looking for Eric, shown in honour of jury president Cantona.


The festival will also be celebrating some of the UK’s best new small screen drama including:

  • The Girl, Julian Jarrold
  • The Wipers Times, Andy De Emmony
  • Peaky Blinders
  • Ripper Street
  • The Village
  • Inspector George Gently

The festival will also celebrate the work of renowned French director of photography Philippe Rousselot, Oscar winner for Best Cinematography in 1992 for A River Runs Through It directed by Robert Redford and three Caesars for Jean-Jacques Beineix’s Diva, Alain Cavalier’s Therese and La Reine Margot from director Patrice Chéreau. He has worked with leading filmmakers Tim Burton, Stephen Frears and Neil Jordan.

He will discuss his career working with British directors, accompanied by a programme of his films including John Boorman’s Hope and Glory, Stephen Frears’ Dangerous Liaisons and Mary Reilly, and Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.

The annual gathering of NFTS and FEMIS participants will show an array of new British and French talent as part of the partnership’s short film competition – the British entrants are:  

  • Beach Ball, Emil Langballe
  • Z1, Gabriel Gauchet
  • The Magnificient Lion Boy, Ana Caro

The programme also includes the Technicolor Workshop on Oct 4.