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The Fondation Barrière

By supporting the creation and distribution of contemporary art, the Fondation Barrière has demonstrated its commitment to culture for more than 15 years.

The Fondation Barrière and its commitment to artistic creation

Barrière is intimately linked to the worlds of art and culture. By supporting the creation and distribution of contemporary art, the Fondation Barrière has demonstrated its commitment to culture for more than 15 years.

 

The Fondation Barrière was created by Dominique Desseigne and Diane Barrière Desseigne in 1999. Dedicated to cultural patronage, it aims to further the quality of writing in the worlds of film and theatre.

 

"From writing... to the screen and the stage"

 

Each year since 2000, the corporate foundation has awarded the "From writing... to the screen and the stage" prize for these two major art forms. The aim? To encourage the emergence of new talents and to support the distribution of works. For the first category, candidates must present a feature-length film that is a complete original work; for the second, a dramatic work written in French.

 

Recognising talent

 

Barrière also encourages creation through raising awareness among industry professionals such as producers, distributors, theatre directors, and film-makers. Each of the panels of judges is made up of a dozen well-known major industry figures with very high standards. In 2016, Gérard Jugnot, chairman of the Film Panel, was notably supported by Laura Smet and Jérôme Commandeur, while Muriel Robin, chairwoman of the Theatre Panel, was able to count on the keen eyes of singer, author and actor Bénabar and Dominique Besnehard, producer, actor and talent manager.

 

To top it all off? Prize money to the tune of €31,000: €8,000 for the winner, and €23,000 for the promotion of his or her work. Twenty-eight projects have benefited from the Foundation's support to date (15 in film, 13 in theatre).

 

In 2016, Igor Gotesman was awarded the Film Prize for directing his first feature-length film FIVE starring Pierre Niney. Author and producer Alexis Michalik received the 2016 Theatre Prize for the play Edmond billed at the Théâtre du Palais Royal.

 

Through its Foundation, Barrière confirms its commitment to the worlds of film and theatre.

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