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The Tournées Festival is a program of FACE (French American Cultural Exchange), in partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, which aims to bring contemporary French cinema to American college and university campuses. The program distributes close to $200,000 in grants annually to encourage schools to begin their own self-sustaining French film festivals. Now in its 18th year, The Tournées Festival has partnered with more than 400 universities, making it possible for more than 500,000 students to discover French-language films.

We are pleased to offer a wide variety of films that represent the best of contemporary French cinema. The films span generational and geographic borders, offer a range of genres and subjects, and showcase innovations in both style and storytelling. There are films by first-time directors alongside those from respected and revered figures in French cinema.

This year, we are pleased to announce that The Tournées Festival will partner with CampusFrance, the NGO in charge of promoting studies in French universities. Campus France is looking forward to meeting professors and students alike and to introducing them to the various study programs available to foreign students in France. Please see the Eligibility & Guidelines section for details on how this partnership will affect requirements.

Please note the two application deadlines:
June 30th for those who wish to present the program in the fall semester, and October 1st for those planning a spring program.

The Tournées Festival is made possible with the generous support of:
Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the U.S., Centre National de la Cinématographie et de l’Image Animée, Florence Gould Foundation, CampusFrance, and Highbrow Entertainment.

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