The Cultural Services of the French Embassy is interested in new and challenging ideas that will bring French and American people together in creative collaboration. Programs are offered either directly by our Departments or in conjunction with the Embassy’s non-profit partner FACE (French American Cultural Exchange). 

Publishing Grants & Prizes

The Book Department of the Cultural Services works to promote French and Francophone literature and to encourage English translations of French fiction and non-fiction. The Book Department provides a range of grants to help publishers with rights, translation, and to promote paper and digital editions of translated French work. The deadline for French Voice Award, Hemingway Grant and Acquisition of Rights program is February 18th, 2015.

French-American Digital Lab

The French-American Digital Lab is a new interdisciplinary exchange program created by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York and co-produced with Business France within the framework of French Tech New York City. This program aims to stimulate creative and business partnerships between cultural innovators in France and the US.

Centre National du Livre Translator Residencies

The Centre national du livre (CNL) offers grants to foreign translators who wish to spend time in France to complete a translation project of a French work into their own language.

New Faces of French Animation

Curated by Marcel Jean, artistic director of the Annecy International Animated Film Festival, this program is composed of nine of the best French short animated films from the 2014 Festival.

Young French Cinema

YOUNG FRENCH CINEMA is a program of UniFrance films, in partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, which aims to bring French films with no US distribution to art house cinemas, film societies, the Alliance Française network, and American universities.


The Cultural Services of the French Embassy, and ARTE, the European cultural TV channel, are thrilled to offer ARTE Docs USA, a list of documentaries, for American Universities, non profit institutions, schools and Alliances françaises.

Independent Curators International Fellowship (ICI)

The Independent Curators International (ICI) Fellowship, organized by the ICI, l’Institut français, and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, offers one French curator the opportunity for international research and the development of professional networks. The program spans a period of six months and includes two visits to the U.S., where the Fellow will use ICI as a base.

The Tournées Film Festival

The Tournées Festival 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. The Tournées Festival has partnered with more than 450 universities, making it possible for more than 500,000 students to discover French-language films.

French-US Exchange in Dance

The French-US Exchange in Dance program, known as FUSED, melds the French and American dance communities by fostering dialogue and exchange, consolidating professional relationships and spawning choreographic innovation. This multi-year program introduces choreographers and performers whose works have rarely, if ever been seen in the partner country.

French Authors on Tour

The Book Department of the French Embassy in New York offers financial aid to American institutions wishing to host French authors for readings, signings, and symposia. We collaborate with universities, libraries, bookstores, publishing houses, and other venues across the United States to organize events with visiting authors.

Films on the Green Festival

An annual, free, outdoor French film festival organized by the French Embassy, FACE Foundation and NYC Parks.

OPENING UP French Society

The Cultural Services of the French Embassy, and l’ACID, an association of filmmakers who support the distribution of independent films, in association with the Institut Français are thrilled to offer OPENING UP French Society, a list of French films, for American Universities.