CFF Founder Wins Audience Award 
for Chelsea Film Festival Organized 
at Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Paris
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March 13, 2017
Paris, France   The Chelsea Film Festival (CFF) announces today the Audience Award Winner by Banque Transatlantique of the 5th Edition of the "Trophies of French People Living Abroad" organized by Our Founder, Ingrid Jean-Baptiste received this high recognition on Tuesday, March 7th at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Paris. The event was attended by 350 special guests.

Jean-Baptiste was pre-selected by a Jury composed of international personalities among 255 candidates, then she was selected by the public with 6431 votes. She thanked the CFF community and mentioned: "This trophy is ours, thank you for this recognition"

Six other winners were chosen by the same Jury in the following categories: Social/Humanitarian, Entrepreneurship, Educational, Aspiring Talent, French Lycée Alumni and "Art de Vivre". 

Jean-Baptiste was dressed by French Guianan Designer Alex Rotin. French political figures such as: Frédéric Lefebvre, Matthias Fekl and worldwide French diplomats were invited to attend the prestigious ceremony.

Chelsea Film Festival would like to express its deepest gratitude to everyone who voted, and following guests: Alex Rotin, Denis Rousseau, Dorothée Audibert, Frédéric Lefret, Milo Lee, Nathalie Sarfati, Olivier Piton, Sandra Bisson and Solo Niaré.

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Photo credit: Dorothée Audibert and (only for images with logos of sponsors).
CFF was founded by actresses Ingrid & Sonia Jean-Baptiste to give voices to the unheard by providing a platform to independent films and discovering new talents.

Chelsea Film Festival Board of Directors consists of renowned industry insiders: Paul Calderon, Elizabeth Kemp, and John Patrick Shanley.

The Advisory Board includes: Bruno Chatelin, Georges Leclere, Jeff Bandman, Pascal Chemin, Michel Abramowicz, Michael Ruotolo, Pascal Bonifay, Patrick Braoude, Patrick Timsit, Ron Agam, Thandeka Zwana, Thembi Mtshali-Jones, Wissam Chahine and more.

The Chelsea Film Festival program highlights local & international feature-length, short films and documentaries from independent or emerging filmmakers. The Festival will take place from October 19-22, 2017.

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