On the proposal of the Minister of Culture, Rima Abdul Malak, and after examination by the Council of Ministers on July 20, 2022, the President of the Republic appointed:

  • Eric RUF for a third term as general manager of the Comédie-Française.

During his second term, despite two years marked by the health crisis, Eric Ruf was able to stimulate a new dynamic within the house of Molière: expansion of the repertoire and the place given to contemporary authors, renewal and feminization of programming, development of arts education actions, new partnerships to make live the talents of youth (like the Culture & Diversity Improv Trophy), amplification of broadcasting across the French territory, but also via digital with the success of the WebTV of the Comédie-Française, rich of seven hundred hours of programs and three and a half million viewers. This new breath is softened by the public, with a attendance rate that exceeds 90% in the first half of 2022, and helps strengthen the cohesion and inventiveness of the troupe. 2022, year of the 400th Molière’s birthday, was the occasion to deploy a rich and bold program, paying tribute to the timeless genius of Jean-Baptiste Poquelin.

Eric Ruf’s third and final term will allow him to continue the momentum he has been driving since 2014, particularly to develop the educational mission of the Comédie-Française, but also the work on the Cité du théâtre, in order to ensure the project’s full viability.

  • Dominique BUTTON-UP for a second term as President of the Centre national du cinéma et de l'image animée (CNC).

Since 2019, under the presidency of Dominique Boutonnat, the CNC has defined and implemented a powerful strategy to address all the challenges facing the film sector. During the health crisis, the CNC demonstrated a remarkable responsiveness and innovation capacity that inspired other European countries: deployment of massive state aid for all links in the sector, creation of a new compensation fund to support the resumption of filming, exceptional derogations to allow certain films to advance their VOD release… At the same time, the CNC played a decisive role in constructing a new stage in the financing model for French cinema and audiovisual: rebalancing taxation between foreign platforms and historical linear actors, Platform investment obligations in French production, notably independent, to the tune of at least 20% of their turnover France, reform of the media timeline. The CNC has also implemented a proactive international policy, whether it is to help foreign filmmakers (Lebanon, Afghanistan, Ukraine, etc.) urgently, to accompany the birth of a new Unifrance, combining audiovisual and cinema, or integrating Film France within it to strengthen its impact.

For the next few years, based in particular on the France 2030 plan, Dominique Boutonnat’s missions will be focused on four priority objectives: independence – to guarantee our cultural and industrial sovereignty (whether it is film, video games or metavers); youth – to bring it closer to this French creation that forges a common imagination; International – to make our works more visible abroad and to attract the best global talent to our country; Sustainable development and diversity, issues on which the TNC has already innovated and acted (including a €10 million plan to reduce the carbon footprint of filming).

Moreover, on the proposal of the Minister of Culture, Rima Abdul Malak, the President of the Republic appoints: 

  • Effective September 19, 2022, Nathalie COSTE-CERDAN for a third term in the general management of the École nationale supérieure des métiers de l'image et du son (Fémis) 

Since her arrival, Nathalie Coste-Cerdan has worked to build the foundation of a modernized and more open school in her recruitment, as well as in her anchoring in a rapidly changing professional sector. In order to open the school to new French and international profiles and to better prepare students for developments in the sector, the competition as well as initial and continuing training courses have been largely redesigned. Action to promote equal opportunities has been stepped up, both for applicants from modest backgrounds and for ultra-marine students and pupils. During the pandemic, under the leadership of Nathalie Coste-Cerdan, Fémis kept as close as possible to the needs of students and school staff: emergency student assistance fund, competition design and rescheduling, business recovery plan, maintenance of salaries. 

At the dawn of a new mandate, Nathalie Coste-Cerdan intends to bring the school to new challenges articulated around four axes: to complete the pedagogical reform; to bring the reflection of the School in terms of alternance, in particular in favour of the main curriculum and the distribution-exploitation curriculum; amplifying eco-responsible actions; consolidating the certification and dissemination of initial and vocational training, In particular, the qualification for the Master’s degree in the main curriculum and the distribution-exploitation curriculum, acquired in November 2021 on a transitional basis. Nathalie Coste-Cerdan’s mission will be to continue the development of the Fémis, in particular by building on the opportunities created by the France 2030 call for projects and on the expected growth of audiovisual production.

Finally, on the proposal of the Minister of Culture, Rima Abdul Malak and the Minister of Higher Education and Research, Sylvie Retailleau, the President of the Republic appoints:

  • Eric DE CHASSEY for a third term to the General Directorate of the National Institute of Art History (INHA) 

Under the direction of Eric de Chassey since 2016, the INHA has undergone a major transformation. It has become the first documentation centre in the field of art history and its research programs have opened up to the great questions of society. It has forged national and international partnerships, such as the Cultural Forum for Ukraine. The INHA has been able to renew its audiences through innovative scientific and cultural events, including the Fontainebleau Art History Festival, and through the creation of training tools, especially for secondary school teachers.

This third three-year mandate will allow Éric de Chassey to continue the momentum that makes INHA a leading institution and a world-renowned model, by developing its position as a unifying actor both nationally and internationally, contributing for example to the writing of a European art history. It will also continue and amplify the initiatives already taken for the dissemination of knowledge, training and support for young researchers, and strengthening research programmes around the most innovative issues for which INHA has distinguished itself.