About the festival
With more than 157,000 admissions in 2015, the Alliance Française French Film Festival's 26th edition was its most successful.
The Festival has become 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 eight weeks in eight cities: Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Canberra, Brisbane, Byron Bay, Perth and Hobart. 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.
Having entered its second quarter century, the Alliance Française French Film Festival proudly continues its international celebration of the best new cinema from France.
Merci to all of you who attended, and see you in 2016!
Casula & Parramatta
The Festival is proud to be expanding, with two more venues in Western Sydney.
CASULA POWERHOUSE ARTS CENTRE – Thursday 9 and Friday 10 April
Over two exciting nights, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, in partnership with the Festival will be screening a selection of two captivating films, THE BÉLIER FAMILY and CHANCE ENCOUNTER.
More info about Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre
RIVERSIDE THEATRES PARRAMATTA – Friday 10 to Sunday 12 April
We are delighted to showcase a selection of five films at this recognised and vibrant cultural hub.
Screening at Riverside will be the Festival’s opening night film GEMMA BOVERY, two films hand-picked by Festival patrons and revered film critics Margaret Pomeranz and David Stratton (3 HEARTS, and DIPLOMACY), a Box Office smash-hit of 2014 in THE BÉLIER FAMILY, and, of course, a little bit of French romance with CHANCE ENCOUNTER.
More info about Riverside
This year, the Festival has so much on offer. If you’re planning on seeing many films, or if you’re running on a short budget, we’ve got you covered:
10 FILM PASS : $150 Full / $130 Alliance Française & Palace Movie Club Members
5 FILM PASS : $80 Full / $70 Alliance Française & Palace Movie Club Members
Don’t miss out on BABYSITTING, BREATHE, EDEN, GIRLHOOD, LOVE AT FIRST FIGHT, SAINT LAURENT, THE NEW GIRLFRIEND...
Conditions apply. Please see Ticketing Information PageAcknowledgements
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 in Australia:
ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SYDNEY: Jean-Baptiste Milcamps, General Manager l Anne Leonetti, Deputy General Manager l Patricia Noeppel-Detmold, National Festival Manager l Dominique Giovanangeli, Finance & Administration Manager l Sébastien Donnadieu, Festival Officer l Lucie Rousseau, Festival Assistant | 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
ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE CANBERRA: Isabelle Faure, Director and Chief Representative of Fondation Alliance Française in Australia | Vincent Brousse, Deputy Director
ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE BRISBANE: Jacques Bounin, Director | Anne Perales, Communication and Events Manager | Jean-Baptiste Viot, Festival Assistant
ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE D’ADELAIDE: Jean-Christophe Trentinella, Director | Sandra Szondi, Marketing & Communications Coordinator | Céline Bernard, Events Coordinator | Rebecca Cooke, Administrator
ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE PERTH: Carine Bougnague, Managing Director | Natacha Delsinne, PR & Events Manager | Yann Le Flour, education Coordinator | Camille Poli & Leopoldine Hallynck, Festival Assistants
FRENCH EMBASSY IN AUSTRALIA: H.E. Mr Christophe Lecourtier, Ambassador of France to Australia
CULTURAL OFFICE: Eric Soulier, Cooperation and Cultural Counsellor | Chloé Pradal-Morand, Assistant | Emmanuelle Denavit-Feller, Cultural Attachée and Artistic Director of the Festival
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
AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTORS: Curious Film, Entertainment One, Madman Entertainment, NewVision Films, Palace Films, Regency Media, Rialto Distribution, Studiocanal, Transmission Films, Umbrella Entertainment, Vendetta Films
FRENCH DISTRIBUTORS: ARP, Be for films, Elle Driver, Films Distribution, Gaumont, Le Pacte, Other Angle Pictures, Pathé, Realitism films, The Festival agency, Wild Bunch
EXHIBITION PARTNER PALACE CINEMAS: Antonio Zeccola, Benjamin Zeccola, Elysia Zeccola Hill, Antony Zeccola, Stephanie Zeccola, Genevieve Kelly, Paulette Arvizu, Kim Petalas, Joanne Wust, Ingrid van den Berghe, 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 Patrons Margaret Pomeranz and David Stratton, Sarah Reese, FATS Digital, Big Words, Max Flint, and Carbon8
SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR SHORT FILM COMPETITION JURY: Robin de Michelena, Dimitri Andreatidis, Antonio Zeccola, Sandy George, Veronica Gleeson and Professor Herman Van Eyken
Thanks to all Festival volunteers.
ARTWORK: Caitlin Burden
GRAPHIC DESIGNER: Melissa Keogh
WEBSITE: Tip Top Web
PUBLICITY: Annette Smith (Ned & Co), Steven Watt, Felipe Benabo, Adriana Bergovich