Le Prix Charbonnier

The Prix Charbonnier, the Federation of Alliances Françaises USA’s most prestigious award, was created in 1991 to recognize M. Daniel Charbonnier of San Francisco, a past President of the Federation, who exemplified all of the best qualities of this organization. The purpose of the Prix Charbonnier, to be given from time to time as appropriate at the Federation’s Annual Meeting and Convention, is to recognize persons of national stature and reputation whose vocation or avocation has promoted French language and culture in a manner consistent with the goals and purpose of the Federation. The recipient need not be a member of an Alliance Française. A committee established by the Board of Directors of the Federation nominates the candidate for the Prix Charbonnier.

2019 Prix Charbonnier:
François Truffart & Anouchka van Riel
COLCOA French Film Festival

François Truffart is the Executive Producer and Artistic Director of the COLCOA French Film Festival. After completing a Master’s degree in Economics and Politics in Paris (Dauphine University), Truffart was Cultural Attaché in charge of the promotion of French cinema and television programs at the French Embassy in Hungary (Budapest), Japan (Tokyo) and the United States (Los Angeles) from 1991 to 2001.

In 2001, he joined the Cannes Film Festival to become Director of La Cinéfondation. From 2003 to 2004, he was the U.S. representative of the Cannes Film Market. He has been in charge of programming for the COLCOA French Film Festival since 2004 and was named Executive Producer of the event in 2007.
Truffart is the author of Le Guide des Televisions en Europe, published by Bayard Press in 1991. He was honored by the French government with the order of Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres.

Anouchka van Riel is the Deputy Director of the COLCOA French Film Festival. Van Riel started her career in finance at Activision where she was responsible for analyzing movie franchises (Ice Age 2, Scarface, Eragon) and evaluating new publishing and distribution deals. Since 2004 she has worked at the COLCOA French Film Festival to promote French artists and their films and is presently Deputy Director of City Of Light, City Of Angels.

Van Riel co-founded Span Productions, a production company telling stories at the intersection of social justice and pop culture. Span’s slate includes The Hooping Life (2014) introduced by Shaquille O’Neal with an original score by electronic duo Basement Jaxx released by Cinedigm, and Kate Nash: Underestimate The Girl (2018) a Storyville/BBC release. She also produced a six-part series for ITVS/PBS, Self-Made Men, a docu-comedy about trans male culture.

Van Riel’s films have been presented at festivals worldwide including IDFA, Sheffield, Doc Edge, Bentonville, the Los Angeles Film Festival, Frameline. She is a Film Independent and Sundance fellow. She graduated from ESCP Europe and studied at the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad.

Prix Charbonnier Recipients

(with year & convention location)
2019 (Los Angeles)
François Truffart & Anouchka van Riel
COLCOA French Film Festival
2018 (Kansas City)
Dr. Matthew Naylor
President & CEO
National WWI Museum and Memorial
2017 (New Orleans)
Mitch Landrieu
Mayor of New Orleans
2016 (Minneapolis)
Hubert Joly
Chairman & CEO of Best Buy
2015 (San Francisco)
Jacques Pépin
Chef & Cookbook Author
2014 (Washington, D.C.)
Stephen Breyer
Associate Justice
2013 (Chicago)
Patricia Wells
Cookbook Author
2012 (Providence)
David McCollough
2011 (Louisville)
Patrice Courtaban
Chief Operating Officer
2010 (New Orleans)
Comte Gilbert de Pusy de La Fayette
2009 (Chicago)
Remi (Ratatouille)
Brad Bird, Pixar Pictures
2008 (Naples)
Louis Kyle
France Today & France Amérique
2007 (Milwaukee)
Jane Robert
Past President
Federation of Alliances Françaises
2006 (St. Louis)
Ambassador Jean-David Levitte
French Ambassador to the United States
2005 (San Francisco)
M. Howard Leach
American Ambassador to France
2004 (Washington, D.C.)
M. Pierre Cardin
Groupe Pierre Cardin
2003 (Boston)
M. André Cointreau · Président
Le Cordon Bleu
2003 (Boston)
Mme Hedwige Cointreau de Bouteville
President of Pierre Deux
2002 (Paris)
Mr. John H. F. Haskell, Jr.
President of French Institute/Alliance Française of New York
2001 (Albuquerque)
M. Jean-Louis Turlin
President of French Press · France Amérique

Mme Anne Prah-Perochon
Editor in Chief  of French Press · France Today

Mme Marie Galanti
Directrice de la Publication · French Press · Journal Français
1999 (Washington, D.C.)
Mr. David M. Thoms
Past President of the Federation & French Community Philanthropist

Mrs. Eleanor Reynolds Morse
Past President of the Federation
Founder, Salvador Dali Art Museum
1998 (Atlanta)
M. Pierre Howard
French Cultural Promotion
1996 (Miami)
Mr. Malcolm Wiseheart
French Cultural Philanthropist
1992 (Chicago)
Mr. John H. Bryan
President,  Sara Lee Inc.
1992 (Chicago)
Mrs. Eleanor Wood-Prince
French Community Philanthropist
1991 (Washington, D.C.)
Mrs. Julia Child
International Chef & Cookbook Author