Lumieres get new spark

Organizers looking for Gallic pubcaster

PARIS — New sponsors have come to the rescue of Les Lumieres, France’s answer to the Golden Globes.

The awards ceremony had dwindled to a nonevent due to a lack of cash and seemed doomed when Unifrance ended its partnership in 2000. But the Centre National de la Cinematographie and Paris City Hall have coughed up around $20,000 — roughly equivalent to a debt still owed to Unifrance.

Organizers also are negotiating with a Gallic pubcaster for the TV rights to the next ceremony.

“We’re very happy that we’ve been given this chance to get up and running again — for at least another year,” director Octavi Marti told Daily Variety.

Some 200 foreign correspondents belong to the Lumieres association, which honors Gallic films. Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s “Amelie” took home the pic honor earlier this year.

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