Gregory Von Hausch honored for his work in French cinema [fr]
On October 26, 2013 Mr. Gregory Von Hausch was awarded the insignia of ‘Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres’ by Consul General Philippe Letrialliart because of his long career of outstanding work in French culture through cinema and his exceptional commitment to supporting France’s culture.
Von Hausch graduated with honors from the University of Florida, and then went on to create the Hippodrome State Theater in Gainesville, Florida. He devoted 15 years as co-director at the Hippodrome Theater in where he directed over 40 major productions including cabarets, musicals, and plays.
In 1989, Von Hausch became the executive director for the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLIFF), until he was nominated as the President and CEO of the FLIFF’s patent group, the Broward County Film Society in 1995. Amongst his several awards and distinctions, he recently was nominated as the ‘Commencement Speaker for the Art Institute of Florida’.
During the 24 years under the direction of Von Hausch, the FLIFF’s budget has grown from $125,000 to $1.8 million, featuring close to 175 films from 35 countries. Apart from being the worlds longest festival at 38 days, the festival takes place in the beautiful Cinema Paradiso, a non-profit movie theater set in a restored church building where independent and foreign films are shown 365 days a year.
In 2001, Von Hausch launched the Perrier French Film Festival, which later became the LaCroix Film Festival, a festival that promotes French culture and language through a selection of classic French films with the support of the French Embassy Cultural Services.
Since 2012, Von Hausch conceived the annual “Rendez-vous with French cinema” festival in a partnership with Unifrance and Emerging Pictures, in where a selection of French films presented by the New York Festival has diffused to 40 different theaters throughout the United States.
Most recently, Von Hausch expanded the FLIFF’s outreach to St. Augustine and the Grand Bahamas Island. Through his vibrant career, Gregory Von Hausch displayed commitment in promoting French cinema and culture.
Article published on October 30th 2013