CST – Commission supérieure technique de l’image et du son, is pleased to award:

With the support of AFDAS, Audiens, ARRI, Création Petrusse & ENS Louis-Lumière

CST Award or best young female film technician to:

Armance DURIX, chief sound operator on Noémie Merlant’s film Mi Iubita, mon amour.

CST Award for Best Artist-Technician to:

Vladislav OPELIANTS, Director of photography on the film Petrov Fever by Kirill Serebrennikov.


Through these two awards, the CST wishes to highlight the importance of the creative and technical know-how of all film technicians. The CST Award for best young female film technician is a first this year! In order to encourage parity in film professions where it is not naturally established, it will be awarded every year for as long as it is necessary to work towards professional equality between women and men in the film industry. It will be awarded to a young female director who has taken part in the production of a film selected by the FIF, regardless of the context in which it is presented (official competition, parallel sections, Cannes Premières, un certain regard).

As a professional organization representing film technicians, the CST is dedicated to ensuring the quality of the technical gesture at the service of the vision defended by the director. In so doing, it defends the values that have always been those of the Festival, advocating audacious creation that stands out in both form and content.


Since 1984, the CST has been responsible for the technical direction of the Cannes Film Festival screenings. In an environment that presents new technological constraints every year, the CST prepares the technical and digital architecture of the theaters, coordinates all projectionists as well as the technical teams and service providers for the Cannes Film Festival and Film Market.

For the Official Selection, it organizes and supervises evening rehearsals with directors and their teams. It also provides a control presence at all screenings. The CST makes its know-how and tools available to the Festival. Its test patterns, expertise and control software will be used throughout the event to offer audiences a screening that reflects the director’s artistic vision.

The CST Award has been awarded since 1951. It has rewarded artistic quality through the perfection of the artistic gesture of many directors even before their work was recognized as exceptional: Clint Eastwood, Lars Von Trier, Wong Kar-Wai, etc.

Since 2003, the prize has been awarded by name to a technical artist for the quality of his or her work during the production of one of the films in the official competition.

Vladislav OPELIANTS, Director of photography on Kirill Serebrennikov’s Petrov Fever.

Born in 1968, Russian cinematographer Vladislav OPELIANTS is best known for his work on Rezo Gigineishvili’s Zalozhniki (Hostages) and Nikita Mikhalkov’s Solnechnyy udar (Sunstroke).

With Petrov Fever, he continues his collaboration with Kirill Serebrennikov, whose (M)uchenik (The Student) he lit in 2016 and above all Leto (Summer), presented in 2018 in the official selection of the Cannes Film Festival.

“Vladislav Opeliants has demonstrated a real virtuosity in making us feel Petrov Fever”.

Pascale Marin, President of the 2021 CST Award for Best Artist-Technician Jury

The jury of professionals, chaired by director Pascale MARIN, was equally made up of : Louise GIBOULOT, student at ENS Louis Lumière, Lucien JEAN-BAPTISTE, actor and director, Véronique LE BRIS, journalist and author of “100 grands films de réalisatrices”, Nicolas NAEGELEN, President of Poly Son postproduction and Julien POUJADE, touring cinema operator.

Armance Durix, chief sound operator for Mi lubita, mon amour, by Noémie MERLANT

Now aged 24, Armance graduated from the Lycée Jean-Rostand in Roubaix with a BTS in audiovisual studies, before joining INSAS in Brussels, from which she has just graduated.

She began her career in 2018 as a sound recordist on the documentary film Anyegba, Dieux de la Terre directed by Anastasia Salomé, then on an interview with Louis-Julien Petit, about his film Les Invisibles.

It was while he was finishing his studies that Noémie Merlan contacted him to sign the sound for Mi Iubita, mon amour.

“Armance Durix has demonstrated her talent by recording the film “Mi Lubita mon amour” alone and under difficult conditions. She is enthusiastic and at the start of a promising career. Bravo Armance!”

Claudine Nougaret, CST vice-president

The jury: Angelo Cosimano & Claudine Nougaret, CST president and vice-president

2021 CST Awards Ceremony