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Cédric Succivalli grew up in Marseille before moving to Paris. He studied under Positif critic Michel Ciment and graduated from the University of Aix-Marseille with a thesis on My Own Private Idaho by Gus Van Sant. He went on to study at Paris Diderot University, where he wrote a thesis on David Cronenberg’s Crash. He subsequently taught French literature at the University of Bath and UWE Bristol and worked for Arte France Cinéma as a member of the film funding committee.

A former performer for Carolyn Carlson and Rosalind Crisp, as well as a model for Margiela and Yamamoto, he has served as president of the International Cinephile Society for 15 years. During this time, he has continued to attend and write about festivals around the world. He has served on juries at festivals such as the Noir in Fest and the Las Palmas de Gran Canaria International Film Festival. In 2018, he became a consultant for the Giornate degli Autori sidebar section of the Venice Film Festival.