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The Tournées Film Festival

      Tournées Film Festival is a program of the FACE Foundation, in partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, which aims to bring French cinema to American colleges and university campuses. Our objective in providing nearly $200,000 in Tournées Film Festival grants every year is to fund festival endeavors that can eventually become permanent and self-sustaining.

      Founded in 1995, this year in its 24th season, Tournées Film Festival has partnered with over 650 universities, reaching an audience of over half a million students and community members all across the United States. Tournées Film Festival reflects the diversity and the richness of French cinema through various genres — fiction, documentary, animation and repertory films — giving participants the opportunity to expand their programming and for audiences to experience French cinema through a wider lens.

      This year we are proud to feature filmmakers such as master documentarian Claire Simon with The Competition, on the prestigious La Fémis film school, and singular storyteller, Claire Denis, with her first English language film, High Life.

      The selection presents several generations of cinema with the late Claude Lanzmann’s final film, Shoah: Four Sisters as well as the genre-binding The Wild Boys by first-time director Bertrand Mandico.

      A new generation of African documentary filmmakers has recently emerged, and we’re thrilled to highlight it with the inclusion of Dieudo Hamadi’s Kinshasa Makambo and Joel Akafou’s Vivre riche. As for the Classics section, we offer the complete works of Jean Vigo as well as the little-known and newly restored series The Owl’s Legacy by Chris Marker. 

      We are fortunate to partner again with the Franco-American Cultural Fund, whose support makes the addition of the Classics Selection and the corresponding increase in the Tournées Film Festival grant award possible.

      On our website, you will find application information and guidelines, distributor contacts, and descriptions of the films selected for this year’s program (both the Featured and Classic Selections), as well as a list of films that are still available from previous years’ selections (the Alternative Selection). You can also request a brochure, or download the brochure.


      MAY 31, 2019

      More information on the new guidelines and application procedures can be found in the Eligibility & Guidelines page.


      Tournées Film 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 Foundation; Campus France; highbrow entertainmentSACEM's Franco-American Cultural Fund.

      We would like to thank our selection committees for their commitment and terrific job in choosing the very best of the many French films released this year in the United States. We also extend our sincerest thanks to our committee in charge of distributing grant awards, tasked with the challenging job of selecting the best projects from an impressive applicant pool.

      Film Selection Committee:
      Florence Almozini, Harris Dew, Nicholas Elliott, and Delphine Selles-Alvarez

      Grant Award Committee:
      Jamie Berthe, Sam Di Iorio, Anne Kern

      We also thank you, the professors, staff, and students who work to bring French cinema to your peers and your greater communities.


      The new 2019 / 2020 Tournées Film Festival Brochure [PDF] is available.

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