About the festival
Celebrating its 25th year in 2014, the Alliance Française French Film Festival is a highly anticipated and extremely popular event on the Australian cultural calendar.
It is not only the biggest film festival in Australia; it is also the biggest festival of French films outside of France.
Each year the festival curates a selection of the best contemporary French films, including comedies, dramas, documentaries and much more. Blockbusters and independent films alike screen over six weeks in seven cities: Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Brisbane, Byron Bay, Adelaide and Perth. The festival also includes glamorous opening nights, Q&As and special events with renowned figures of French film.
French culture, and in particular French cinema, has never been more popular in Australia than it is right now. The Alliance Française French Film Festival audience includes Australians, French, Francophiles and movie buffs – all keen to experience the latest sophisticated, vibrant and daring films from France.
The annual festival is a collaboration between the Embassy of France in Australia and six Alliances Françaises around the country. The Alliance Française is an independent, not-for-profit language and cultural organisation that has been actively promoting a Franco-Australian exchange for over 130 years.
As it begins its second quarter century, the Alliance Française French Film Festival proudly continues its international celebration of the best new cinema from France.
The Alliance Française French Film Festival is the result of collaboration between the Alliances Françaises of Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth and the cultural services of the French Embassy:
Alliance Française de Sydney: Jean-Baptiste Milcamps, General Manager | Anne Leonetti, Deputy General Manager | Patricia Noeppel-Detmold, Festival Manager Sponsorships, Communication and Events | Dominique Giovanangeli, Finance & Administration Manager | Laura Zaidman & Morgane Blondel, Festival Coordinators | Olivia Modesti, Marketing Manager
Alliance Française de Melbourne: Saliha Lefevre, Director | Françoise Libotte, Deputy Director & Festival Logistics Coordinator | Aurélie Pierre, Course Manager | Marion Nouvel, School Program Coordinator | Elise Froumson, Course Assistant | Mathieu Vendeville, Designer | Interns: Marie Socquet | Louise Reeg | Alice Comble | Pauline Vaisse
Alliance Française de Canberra: Isabelle Faure, Director and Chief Representative of Alliance Française in Australia | Vincent Brousse, Deputy Director
Alliance Française de Brisbane: Jacques Bounin, Director | Véronique Becchia, Communications and Events Manager | Sara Hood, Festival Assistant
Alliance Française d’Adelaide: Jean-Christophe Trentinella, Director | Camille Ferrier, Communications Manager | Violette Vidal, Events Manager | Rebecca Cooke, Administrator | Dominique Liard, Communications Officer | Lucille Gauthier, Events Officer
Alliance Française de Perth: Carine Bougnague, Director | Natacha Delsinne, PR & Events Coordinator | Niamh Elliot, Executive Assistant | Yann Le Flour, Education Coordinator | Isis El Sayed
French Embassy in Australia: H.E. Mr. Stéphane Romatet, Ambassador of France to Australia | Cultural office: Eric Soulier, Cooperation and Cultural Counsellor | Emmanuelle Denavit-Feller, Cultural Attachée and Artistic Director of the Festival | Chloé Pradal-Morand
We would like to take this opportunity to say merci to our valued Festival partners.
To all National and Local Sponsors: without your financial and in-kind support the Festival would not be possible.
UniFrance films and the Département cinéma de l’Institut Français.
FIFO (Pacific International Documentary Film Festival) and La Fémis.
Australian Distributors: Curious Film, Hi Gloss Entertainment, Icon Films, Madman Entertainment, Palace Films, Potential Films, Rialto Distribution, Roadshow Films, Sharmill Films, Transmission Films, Umbrella Entertainment, Vendetta Films.
French Distributors: Elle Driver, EuropaCorp, Films Distribution, Gaumont, MK2, Other Angle Pictures, SND – Groupe M6, Studio Canal, The Festival agency.
Exhibition Partner Palace Cinemas: Antonio Zeccola, Benjamin Zeccola, Elysia Zeccola Hill, Antony Zeccola, Stephanie Zeccola, Genevieve Kelly, Paulette Arvizu, Kim Petalas, Sarah Bickerton, Ingrid van den Berghe, Sarah Malone, Anna Kouts, Georgina Stegman, Kimberley Allan, Renato Fonti, Karen Karpinski and Yolanda Sulser.
Festival Partner Exhibitors: Adam Blackshaw, Tracey Langner, Paul Dravet and Rachell Baker.
Special thanks to Festival Patron Julia Zemiro, Ève Garnier, Gary West, The Solid State and Big Words.
Thanks to all the Festival volunteers.
Artwork: Havas Worldwide
Graphic Designer: Anaïs Léra
Website: Tip Top Web
Publicity: Annette Smith (Ned & Co), Steven Watt, Felipe Benabo, Adriana Bergovich.