Celebrate Cinema in France this Summer !

June 14, 2013 | By Laura Pertuy

If you’re planning to spend the holidays in France this summer (which kicked off unofficially last week with the sun reappearing over bridges and castles), check out our list of not-to-be-missed film festivals in must-see cities !


PARIS

Festival des Champs-Elysées (Independent American Cinema) June 12-18

Distributor and theater manager Sophie Dulac launched the Champs-Elysées Film Festival last year, hoping to gather spectators interested in the independent aspect of American cinema. Thanks to its 15 000 spectators in 2011, the festival will celebrate its second edition with more than 60 films and a hundred screenings in theaters located on the Champs-Elysées (Balzac, Gaumont Champs-Elysées, Lincoln, Publicis Cinémas, UGC George V et MK2 Grand Palais).

Highlights: French films from Cannes and American movies selected at Sundance and Tribeca (among them Before Midnight by Richard Linklater with French-American actress Julie Delpy). Actress Halle Berry will also be attending.

More information @ Champs-Elysées Film Festival and @ Frenchculture.org

Festival Paris Cinéma June 28 – July 9

Paris Cinema International Film Festival presents an annual democratic and off-beat event that aims at discovering filmmakers through its International Competition. It does this while exploring a wide range of cinematic styles through premieres, retrospectives, and tributes, as well as outdoor and special events

Highlights: The 2013 edition will celebrate Belgium In Its Diversity, with a special focus devoted to Belgian cinema’s humour and avant-garde. Don’t miss the famous outdoor Cinema Flea Market on Saturday July 6th and Sunday July 7th, in front of MK2 Bibliothèque. And let the Saturday Night Fever invade your body with the thrilling Cinema Night and giant Cine-Karaoke.

More information @ Festival Paris Cinéma

Festival de la Villette Films en plein air (Open air Festival) July 25 – August 26

A highly anticipated festival, this outdoor cinema celebration aims at showing little known films and classics as well as animated ones. La Villette also delivers special nights, short movies, and a wonderful (seductive, elegant, splendid, delightful, sensational) atmosphere.

Highlights : a screening of one of Stanley Kubrick’s lesser known movies, The Killing.

More information @ Cinéma en Plein Air de la Villette

Festival Silhouette (Short Films) August 31 – September 8

When you think the party is over and it’s time to go back to school, this short film festival offers you 9 special cinema nights with a concert beforehand every evening, around 7pm (just in time for the the French “Apéro”!). Every night, a 2-hour long program of international shorts will be screened in a beautiful park and you will be the ones asked to vote for the best ones. Don’t miss the family workshops and the afternoon screenings !

Highlights : This year the festival will take place in the park Butte du Chapeau Rouge. Discover its mysterious alleys here.

Find out more on what to do in Paris this summer @ Paris Info


LA ROCHELLE

Festival de la Rochelle June 28 – July 8

The Festival International du Film de La Rochelle is a love story between a gorgeous city, a faithful crowd of spectators, and films from around the world. Created in 1973, this annual celebration turned 40 years old in 2012. For the anniversary 142 features films and 61 shorts were showed to 82 429 spectators in 389 screenings. The festival doesn’t have an official competition, award or jury as its main goal is to compare films rather than confront them.

Highlights : A series on Max Linder and Billy Wilder as well as a focus on Chilean cinema.

More information @ Festival de la Rochelle

Find out more on what to do in La Rochelle this summer @ Office de tourisme de La Rochelle


MARSEILLE

FID Marseille July 2-8

The 24th edition of FID Marseille will take place in more than 10 locations throughout Marseille in cinemas, theatres, galleries, and outside screenings, and will present about 150 films, for the most part premieres. Its rich program is composed of official selections (international competition, national competition, competition of directors’ first films), parallel programming, round tables, exhibitions, and concerts. The 5th edition of FIDLab, international platform for support to coproduction, will be held July 4-5, 2013.

Highlights : Cinéma-concert on July 6th : L’étroit Mousquetaire by Max Linder.

More information @ FID Marseille

Find out more on what to do in Marseille this summer @ Office de tourisme de Marseille


DEAUVILLE

Festival de Deauville (American Film Festival) August 30 – September 8

For nearly forty years, the Deauville American Cinema Festival has been the preeminent site where young rising American directors are discovered and acknowledged. A space for films where dreams come to life, nurturing the coalescence of the collective imagination linked to the greatest cinematography in the world: yesterday, today, and tomorrow all projected on the big screen in the exploration of a whole industry, its stars, and its legends.

Highlights : Behind the Candelabra by Steven Soderbergh will open the 39th edition !

More information @ Festival de Deauville

Find out more on what to do in Marseille this summer @ Office de tourisme de Deauville

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