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). 

The French-American Creative Lab, Fostering Innovation, Culture, and Entrepreneurship

The French-American Creative Lab (formerly known as French-American Digital Lab) is an exchange program launched in 2015 by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York and co-produced by Business France. The Creative Lab is a program of French Tech New York.

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. We oversee three grant programs to help publishers with acquisition of rights cost and translation cost. The deadline for French Voice Award, Hemingway Grant and Acquisition of Rights program is May 15, 2017.

"A Room With A View"

A New Writers' Residency in San Francisco

Best of French Short Films from the Clermont-Ferrand Festival

Best of French Short Films, a program launched by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the US in 2016, offers non-commercial theaters a selection of short films that were presented at the most recent International Short Film Festival - Clermont-Ferrand.

ALTA Emerging Translator Mentorships

Accepting applications for emerging translators working from French into English.DEADLINE EXTENDED: Applications will be accepted until May 31, 2016. The selected mentees will be announced in July.

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 eight of the best French short animated films from the 2015 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.