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The Sound Kitchen: How the Cannes Film Festival reinvented itself under Covid-19

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This week on The Sound Kitchen, you’ll hear the answer to the question about the organisation which helps young filmmakers at the Cannes Film Festival. There’s The Sound Kitchen mailbag, “Ollia’s Happy Moment”, great music, and of course, the new quiz question. Just click on the “Audio” arrow above and enjoy!


Hello everyone! Welcome back to The Sound Kitchen weekly podcast, once again published every Saturday. A hearty “thank you!” to all of you who so kindly continued to watch The “Quarantine” Kitchen videos on Facebook during confinement. Now you’ll hear The Sound Kitchen as you have always known it, with the quiz, the winners and all the other ingredients you’re accustomed to: your letters and essays, “On This Day”, quirky facts and news, interviews, and great music … so be sure and listen every week. And once again, thanks for continuing to be a part of The Sound Kitchen !

For the time being, Paris Live, our afternoon news broadcast, is still off-the-air. We will let you know as soon as we can safely bring it back to you. Thank you all for your patience, and for your support of the English service during this difficult time.

RFI’s Planète Radio announced the winners of the 2020 ePOP short video competition and Adita Prithika Subrahmanyan, the president of the RFI Agnichiragu Phoenix Club in Tamilnadu, India is the laureate in the Club RFI category for her video “Farming between factories”. Adita won a week-long series of masterclasses in Paris with RFI and fellow ePOPers, a 1000€ grant to design and run a local ePOP Camp workshop in her community, and five ePOP video shooting kits.

You can watch Adita’s prize-winning video here, and of course, on the RFI English, The Sound Kitchen, the RFI English Clubs, and the RFI Listeners Club Facebook pages. Planète Radio will post the runners up in each category every Friday.

Prithwiraj Purkayastha, the president of the RFI Listeners Club of Jorhat in Assam, India, won fourth place in the Club RFI category for his video “Solution for greener cities”. I’ll be sure and let you know when his video is posted.

Congratulations Adita! Congratulations Prithwiraj! And thanks to all of you who entered the contest.

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To join the RFI Listeners Club, just write to me at and tell me you want to join, and I’ll send you a membership number. It’s that easy. When you win a Sound Kitchen quiz as an RFI Listeners Club member, you receive a premium prize.

This week’s quiz: On 16 May, I asked you a question about the Cannes International Film Festival, which was cancelled due to Covid-19 confinement measures. RFI English journalist Ollia Horton wrote an article for our website called “Cancelled Cannes seeks to reinvent itself, minus the razzle-dazzle” to explain how the festival re-shaped itself during confinement. In the article, Ollia wrote about an organisation for young filmmakers who also have their place at the Festival. The international cultural organisation “Institut français”, along with its various partners, supports this project for first and second-time filmmakers – in particular from Africa, Asia, and South America. Amongst the list of partners is France Medias Monde, the parent company of RFI and France 24.

My question to you was: what is the name of the project which supports young filmmakers, helping them with workshops and putting them in contact with industry professionals?

The answer is: La Fabrique Cinema. La Fabrique Cinema was developed in 2009, and each year invites 10 directors who are working on their first or second feature film, along with their producer. This year’s "Group of 10" included, for the first time, projects from Kazakhstan and Montenegro. 

The winners are: Two this week from Pakistan: Shahzad Shabbir, the president of the RFI Pak France International Listeners Club in District Sahiwal, and Saleem Akhtar Chadhar, the president of the RFI Seven Stars Radio Listeners Club in District Chiniot.

From Freetown in Sierra Leone, there’s Abu Bakarr Turay, and from Poznan, Poland, Krzysztof Borski. Last but not least, retired US Navy Captain Bruce W Churchill, from Fallbrook, California in the U-S.

Congratulations winners!

Here’s the music you heard on this week’s program: "Summer" from The Four Seasons by Antonio Vivaldi, performed by David Nolan and the London Philharmonic Orchestra; "Instrumental" by Pa Bobo Jobarteh, performed by Jobarteh and the Kaira Trio; "Yeke Yeke" by Mory Kanté; the theme from the film Un homme et une femme by Francis Lai; "The Flight of the Bumblebee" by Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov; and "I could write a book" by Richard Rogers and Lorenz Hart, sung by Dinah Washington.

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This week’s question ... You'll have to listen to the show to participate. You have until 3 August to enter this week's quiz; the winners will be announced on the 8 August podcast. When you enter, be sure you send your postal address in with your answer, and if you have one, your RFI Listeners Club membership number.

Send your answers to:


Susan Owensby

RFI – The Sound Kitchen

80, rue Camille Desmoulins

92130 Issy-les-Moulineaux



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