About the festival
Welcome to the Alliance Française French Film Festival
With an ever growing number of attendees, the Alliance Française French Film Festival is a major French annual event, which continues, each passing year, to attract more lovers of cinema. Since 1990, the Festival has showcased a selection of the latest sophisticated, vibrant and daring films from France, inviting Australian audiences to embark on a fantastic voyage of discovery.
The Alliance Française is an international cultural NGO, which was formed in 1883 in Paris by a group of influential figures in the fields of science and literature, including Louis Pasteur, Jules Verne and Ferdinand de Lesseps. Today, as a global network of more than 800 Alliances Françaises in 135 countries on all 5 continents, it promotes French culture to the global community and fosters innovative projects and French language teaching. Through its cultural activities, it has a strong focus on creativity in various domains such as Science, Gastronomy, Fashion and, of course, the Arts.
It is our pride and joy to welcome all our members and friends to the 2017 edition of the Festival and to celebrate the ever growing bonds between Australia and France.
I wish you all a very happy Festival!
Chief Representative of Fondation Alliance Française in Australia
Director of Alliance Française de Canberra
A Chance to Dream
This presentation of the Festival is a first for me as Artistic Director and it gives me great pleasure to dedicate my time and passion to French cinema, France's ode to dreams and creativity.
The 45 films selected are a wonderful mix of artistry and celebrate established stars and new talents from all over the world.
You will contemplate for the Opening Night, laugh for the Closing night; and in between, you will travel the world and through time, you will dance and sing, you will fall in love, and you will dream. French cinema, more vibrant and alive than ever, is for every single one of you.
Festival Artistic Director
The AF French Film Festival is proudly shortlisted for
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 | Laurie-Anne Pecqueux, Deputy General Manager | Morgane Blondel, National Festival Manager | Dominique Giovanangeli, Finance & Administration Manager | Mathieu Plubeau, Festival Coordinator | Victoria Dominé, Festival Assistant | Camille Comtat & Olivia Modesti, Marketing Managers
ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE MELBOURNE: Michel Richard, Director | Françoise Libotte, Deputy Director & Festival Logistics Coordinator | Marion Nouvel, School Screenings | Mathieu Vendeville, Designer | Samuel Paton, Alice Fardel & Jeanne Canus Lacoste, Festival Interns
ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE CANBERRA: Patrice Gilles, Director and Chief Representative of Fondation Alliance Française in Australia | Jessica Choquet, Deputy Director | Vincent Brousse, Business Development Manager | Isabelle Faure, Festival Coordinator
ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE BRISBANE: Jacques Bounin, Director | Mélanie Blanquine, Marketing, Communications & Events Manager | Chloé Reynaud, Marketing & Festival Assistant
ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE D’ADELAIDE: Laurent Pointud, Director | Ilona Solinska, Operations Manager
ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE PERTH: Carine Bougnague, Managing Director | Valériane Mathieu, PR & Events Manager | Delphine Gauthier, Festival Assistant | Yann Le Flour, Education Coordinator
FRENCH EMBASSY IN AUSTRALIA: H.E. Mr Christophe Lecourtier, Ambassador of France to Australia | Bertrand Pous, Cooperation and Cultural Counsellor | Philippe Platel, Cultural and Audiovisual Attaché, 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.
AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTORS: Curious Film, Madman Entertainment, Palace Films, Rialto Distribution, Sharmill Films, Studiocanal, Transmission Films, Umbrella Entertainment, Vendetta Films
FRENCH DISTRIBUTORS: Be for Films, Celluloid Dreams, Films Distribution, Indie Sales, Institut Français, Le Pacte, MK2, Pathé, Pyramide Distribution, Studiocanal, TF1 International, Wild Bunch, BAC Films International
EXHIBITION PARTNER PALACE CINEMAS: Antonio Zeccola, Benjamin Zeccola, Elysia Zeccola, Antony Zeccola, Stephanie Zeccola, Paulette Arvizu, Kim Petalas, Ingrid van den Berghe, Lucy Gibson, Georgina Stegman, Charley Greaves, Jade O’Loughlin, Kimberley Allan, Renato Fonti, Karen Karpinski, Laura Emerick, Alice McShane, Gina Rubiano, Jade Ward, Caroline Whiteway, Kayla Mather, Sarah Lewis and Yolanda Sulser
FESTIVAL PARTNER EXHIBITORS: Paul Dravet, Rachell Baker, Robert Love, Michelle Kotevski, Elizabeth L Kleinberg, Craig Donarski, Nikki Akbar and John Kelly
Thanks to all Festival volunteers.
GRAPHIC DESIGNER: Catherine Spinks
PUBLICITY: Annette Smith (Ned & Co), Angela Tolley, Neil Ward, Coralie Wood and Adriana Begovich