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 French cinema to American college and university campuses. The objective in providing nearly $200,000 in Tournées Festival grants every year is to fund festival endeavors that can eventually become permanent and self-sustaining. Now in its 19th year, Tournées Festival has partnered with over 450 universities, reaching an audience of over 500,000 students and community members across the United States.

Tournées is proud to offer a wide variety of films that represent the best of French cinema distributed in the U.S. From the popular to the experimental, showcasing established and emerging talent, coming from both l’hexagone and la francophonie, Tournées Festival films reflect the diversity and the richness of French cinema. 

Thanks to SACEM’s Franco-American Cultural Fund, starting this year, Tournées Festival will now also include a selection of classic French films that were restored and re-released in the U.S. in the past year. Tournées Festival participants will now choose a total of six films: 5 contemporary + 1 classic. The grant to support the screening of six films will be $2,200. 

Please note the new application deadline of October 1st:

More information on the new guidelines and application procedures and deadlines can be found on the newly updated Tournées Festival website.

Tournées Festival is made possible with the generous support of: Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the U.S.Centre National du Cinéma et de l’Image AniméeFlorence Gould FoundationCampus France USAhighbrow entertainment; SACEM's Franco-American Cultural Fund.

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