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French Riviera Film Festival



May 2022, Cannes, France 

The annual French Riviera Film Festival (FRFF) recognizes and celebrates short-form content created for film, television, Web and all digital platforms. In the glamorous South of France setting, FRFF invites filmmakers from around the globe to participate in the two-day festival that includes screenings, awards ceremony, and closing gala party. FRFF will place the spotlight on the best short-form filmed content during the time period of the annual Festival de Cannes. A prestigious jury panel will select Best Drama Short, Best Comedy Short, Best Documentary Short, Best Animation Short, Best Experimental Short, Best Lifestyle Short, Best Fashion Short, Best Music Video, Best Activism Short, Best Female Filmmaker Award, Best Director Award, Best Actor Award, Best Actress Award, and Industry Excellence Award. Attendees and participants will include filmmakers, industry executives, celebrities, media, and influencers.


Christopher Kühne Adapts Lorca’s 'Yerma'












Christopher Kühne is an internationally acclaimed screenwriter and co-writer of the feature length film Yerma: Barren, directed by renowned poet/film director Emilio Ruiz Barrachina.  Yerma: Barren features an internationally diverse, award-winning cast including Spanish actress Miriam Díaz-Aroca and British actress Rebecca Grant.

Yerma: Barren is the first adaptation of Federico García Lorca’s play ever to be set in present day. Kühne worked closely with Barrachina on adapting the play from 20th century Andalusia to 21st century London, while remaining loyal to Lorca’s message: the still-present oppression on women and the unfairness of domestic abuse.

He explains, “The film comes at a time when oppression and misogyny have resurfaced in society as a persistent problem that certainly hasn’t changed much. Stories have always offered a powerful medium to change people since the beginning of humankind. They come from mythology. This is why films have become so important in treating social issues now more than ever.”

Kühne’s 2015 short film, Death of a Government Clerk, which he co-wrote with director Mykyta Samusiev, received several awards including winner of the 2015 Accolade Global Film Competition as well as Best Short Film at the Best Shorts Competition.  The film also received three nominations for Best Film, Best New Filmmakers, and Best of 2015 Award at the 2015 New Filmmakers Los Angeles Film Festival. 

In 2016, Kühne collaborated with veteran writer and Hollywood producer, Dr. Kenneth Atchity, with whom he developed the feature film The Book of Leah, set to be released at the end of the year, as well as an upcoming horror feature film slated to be produced this spring.  He also co-wrote the short film Camarillo St. that  premiered at the Cannes Film Festival Short Film Corner. 

Kühne was recently invited to serve as a judge for the Film Empire’s Diversity Mentorship Screenplay and Film Contest.  Also an avid arts advocate, he served as a mentor for Young Storytellers, a non-profit organization that provides public school students with an opportunity to write stories and help to see them brought to life. 

As a professional writer and advocate of the power of story, Kühne’s mission is to carry on the work and legacy of such great luminaries as Theodor Gaster, Carl G. Jung and Joseph Campbell, to create stories that resonate with the universal unconscious for the nourishment of our essence as human beings.  He is currently putting together a virtual reality project that taps on this topic, as well as developing a feature film of his own.




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