Jules Verne Award

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Jules Verne Award
Jules Verne Award Statuette.jpg
The Jules Verne Award statuette.
Awarded forExcellence in exploration, environmental and cinematic achievements
CountryFrance, United States
Presented byJules Verne Adventures
First awarded1992
Website www.julesverne.org

Created in 1992 by Jean-Christophe Jeauffre and Frédéric Dieudonné, the two founders of the Jules Verne Festival, the Jules Verne Awards are a set of awards given annually for excellence exploration, environmental and cinematic achievements. Organized and overseen by The Jules Verne Adventures organization, [1] the awards are given each year at a formal ceremony.

Jean-Christophe Jeauffre is an award-winning filmmaker, a screenwriter and a producer, environmentalist and creator of the Jules Verne International Film Festival born in France, April 26, 1970.

Frédéric Dieudonné French filmmaker

Frédéric Dieudonné is a French writer, a filmmaker and a producer, environmentalist and creator of the Jules Verne International Film Festival.


The awards were first given in 1992 at the first Jules Verne Film Festival, which took place at the Institut océanographique of Paris, France. The Jules Verne Awards are given in several categories.

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The Jules Verne Legendaire Awards celebrate legendary science fiction or adventure movies, TV series and stars. Among others, they have been given to: Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope , The Empire Strikes Back , Blade Runner , Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds , [2] 2001: A Space Odyssey , The Wild Bunch , [3] [4] Planet of the Apes , Smallville , Heroes , Lost , Battlestar Galactica , [5] Stargate SG-1 , John Wayne, [6] Steve McQueen, [7] Tony Curtis, [8] Ernest Borgnine, Mark Hamill, Sir Christopher Lee, etc. The Jules Verne Legendaire Awards celebrations invite the Stars and the public to once-in-a-lifetime stage reunions of the original cast and crews.

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The Jules Verne Achievement Awards distinguish artists, explorers, filmmakers, movie and TV actors and celebrities who have encouraged the spirit of adventure and imagination, as well as open-mindedness through their talent, work and persistence. Dame Jane Goodall, George Lucas, [9] James Cameron, Jacques-Yves Cousteau, Buzz Aldrin, Christopher Reeve, Harrison Ford, Tippi Hedren, Larry Hagman, [10] Omar Sharif and Ray Bradbury rank among the recipients of the Jules Verne 'Achievement' Award.

Jane Goodall British primatologist, ethologist, and anthropologist and graphic designer

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Best documentaries

The Jules Verne Awards for best documentaries go to the best exploration, adventure, environment and discovery documentaries of the year.

Awards ceremonies

The following is a listing of some Jules Verne Awards ceremonies and recipients.

CeremonyYearRecipient(s)Movie(s) or TV series celebratedVenue
1st Jules Verne Awards1992 Jacques-Yves Cousteau The Silent World Institut océanographique, Paris
2nd Jules Verne Awards1993 Alain Bombard Institut océanographique, Paris
3rd Jules Verne Awards1994 Paul-Émile Victor Institut océanographique, Paris
4th Jules Verne Awards1995 Éric Tabarly Institut océanographique, Paris
5th Jules Verne Awards1996Michel Navratil, JrInstitut océanographique, Paris
6th Jules Verne Awards1997 Pierre Schoendoerffer Le Crabe-tambour Institut océanographique, Paris
7th Jules Verne Awards1998 Christiane Desroches Noblecourt, Jacques Piccard Institut océanographique, Paris
8th Jules Verne Awards1999 Ray Harryhausen, Kirk Douglas, Bertrand Piccard Institut océanographique, Paris
9th Jules Verne Awards2000 Patrick Wayne, the Blackfoot Confederacy, John Scott (composer) Institut océanographique, Paris
10th Jules Verne Awards2001 Thor Heyerdahl, Charlotte Rampling Institut océanographique, Paris
11th Jules Verne Awards2002 Jean-Pierre Jeunet Institut océanographique, Paris
12th Jules Verne Awards2004 James Cameron, Christopher Reeve, Dame Jane Goodall Titanic , Ghosts of the Abyss , Expedition: Bismarck Le Grand Rex
13th Jules Verne Awards2005 Tony Curtis, Omar Sharif, Allison Mack, Erica Durance, Jeph Loeb Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope , Aliens of the Deep , Smallville Le Grand Rex
14th Jules Verne Awards2006Sir Christopher Lee, Ernest Borgnine, Paul Walker, Frank Marshall, George Lucas, Harrison Ford Eight Below [11] Le Grand Rex, Shrine Auditorium
15th Jules Verne Awards2007 Claude Lelouch, Lalo Schifrin, Sir Patrick Stewart, Tim Kring, Zachary Quinto, Ted Turner, Stan Lee, Tippi Hedren, William Shatner, Ray Bradbury, Buzz Aldrin Star Trek: The Original Series , Blade Runner , Heroes Le Grand Rex, Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles Theatre
16th Jules Verne Awards2008 Louis de Funès, Robert Hossein, Roy E. Disney, Ron Moore Planet of the Apes , 2001: A Space Odyssey , The Birds , Battlestar Galactica Le Grand Rex, The Edison
17th Jules Verne Awards2009 Gérard Depardieu, Damon Lindelof, Carlton Cuse, Sam Peckinpah, Jerry Fielding, Ernest Borgnine, Mary McDonnell, Jamie Bamber, James Callis Star Trek (film) , Coraline , Battlestar Galactica , The Wild Bunch , Some Like It Hot , Lost Le Grand Rex, Million Dollar Theater
18th Jules Verne Awards2010 Mark Hamill, George Lucas, Steve McQueen The Empire Strikes Back , Bullitt Le Grand Rex, Cinerama Dome
19th Jules Verne Awards2011 John Wayne True Grit Cinerama Dome
20th Jules Verne Awards2012 Richard Dean Anderson, Amanda Tapping, Jacques Perrin, David Newman (composer) Stargate SG-1 Le Grand Rex
CeremonyYearRecipient(s)Movie(s) or TV series celebratedVenue

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  1. "The Jules Verne Awards: Celebrating Legendary Movies and People".
  2. Gonzaga, Peter (September 29, 2008). "On September 14, 2008. The Jules Verne Festival celebrated the 45th Anniversary of Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds" with Tippi Hedren as the celebrated guest". Eye on Red Carpets.
  3. King, Susan (November 11, 2009). ""The Wild Bunch" is riding into town for a special 40th-anniversary screening Thursday at the venerable Million Dollar Theater in downtown L.A. Jean-Christophe Jeauffre and Frederic Dieudonne, founders of the Jules Verne Festival, are presenting the screening, with all proceeds going to the Jules Verne Nature & Education Program". LA Times.
  4. ""We will reassemble the cast and crew of the movie… as well as other celebrities that are connected somehow to Peckinpah's work, like actors that played in other movies he made," said Jules Verne Festival director Frédéric Dieudonné". The Los Angeles Downtown News. November 6, 2009.
  5. Boucher, Geoff (October 20, 2008). "Adama himself, Edward James Olmos, will be a special guest at a tribute to Ron Moore, the creative force behind "Battlestar Galactica," the soon-to-be-concluded series on Sci Fi. Saturday, 7 p.m., The Edison". LA Times.
  6. Alysia Gray Painter (November 7, 2011). "The Jules Verne Festival night is selling out; the star's son Patrick will appear". NBC Los Angeles.
  7. King, Susan (November 8, 2010). "On Thursday, the Jules Verne Festival is paying tribute to Steve McQueen at the Cinerama Dome. The late actor's son, Chad, will accept the Jules Verne Legendaire Award from the festival's founders, Jean-Christophe Jeauffre and Frederic Dieudonne". LA Times.
  8. King, Susan (June 10, 2009). "Curtis is leaving Las Vegas this week and visiting Los Angeles for "The Magic of Tony Curtis" Saturday at the venerable Million Dollar Theater in downtown Los Angeles. Presented by the Jules Verne Festival and the Los Angeles Historical Theater Foundation, the festivities include a matinee screening of Curtis' 1953 hit "Houdini," with escape artist Curtis Lovell II attempting the legendary magician's water torture stunt, and a 50th anniversary screening that evening of "Some Like It Hot"". LA Times.
  9. Sneider, Jeff (October 11, 2006). "Jeauffre bills the fest, which is celebrating its fifth year in France, as "the ultimate event to explore and preserve our planet" and "a love letter from the French to the American people."". Variety.
  10. Vartanian, Henrick (August 13, 2010). "Jules Verne Festival founders, Jean-Christophe Jeauffre and Frédéric Dieudonné explain: "Our aim is to foster a culture of sustainability in a rarely reached yet important new audience in a fun and entertaining way."". Brave New Hollywood.
  11. Nesselson, Lisa (April 2, 2002). ""Amateur night" might describe most French premieres and awards ceremonies, but the Jules Verne folks know from showmanship: An impressive replica of Indiana Jones' Temple of Doom welcomed producer-turned-director Frank Marshall, there to show "Eight Below" complete with live huskies and pic's star, Paul Walker". Variety.