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Taking place on the grounds of the battlefield where the first worldwide conflict took place from 1914 to 1918, War On Screen,
the International cinema festival is the first European festival entirely dedicated to onscreen representation of conflict. I wish to emphasize the unique character of this event and the quality of the films and debates featured, which proved publicly successful in its first edition in October 2013.
The second edition of this festival gives me the opportunity to welcome this new and promising initiative from an area supporting cinema and the reflection on conflicts. From the first edition, the ministry of Culture and Communication, as well as the National Centre of Cinema and Motion Picture, have supported this ambition initiated by the Urban Community of Châlons-en-Champagne, which has gathered volunteers all around the Châlons-en-Champagne area. Present in Châlons-en-Champagne, capital of the Champagne-
Ardenne region as well as in the towns of Suippes and Mourmelon, the war cinema festival is run by La Comète, the national scene of Châlons-en-Champagne, by its team and a common ambition. Albert Dupontel, as a benevolent sponsor, is once again supporting this rich festival.Two international competitions have selected ten full-length films and fifteen short films for the 2014 edition. A retrospective, meetings and round-table discussions will be held over five days,
with a consideration for all screens (cinema, television, video games, internet). Specific programs and pilots have been thought out for a younger audience. I take this opportunity to welcome the talents, the cinema professionals, cultural representatives and volunteers gathered for this event.
In this year, we focus on commemorating the centenary of the 1914- 1918 Great war and transmitting the importance of remembering conflicts, I give my full support and best wishes for continued solemn success to this second war festival of Châlons-en-Champagne.
Minister of Culture and Communication