FESTIVAL DES TOURNEES
Call for Applications for the Tournées Film Festival
Tournées Festival, a Program of French Film Screenings in Universities,
Currently Accepting Grant Applications for 2009-2010 Season
Apply and learn more on www.facecouncil.org/tournees (fall deadline : June 31, 2009).
What is The Tournées Festival ?
The Tournées Festival , a program of FACE (French-American Cultural Exchange) and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, was conceived to encourage U.S. colleges and universities to create their own self-sustaining French film festivals. Most French films do not find their way into commercial theaters in smaller U.S. cities and rural areas. Therefore, The Tournées Festival makes it possible for a larger public to have access to these films on the big screen. The Tournées Festival helps create a new public for French cinema while supporting U.S. distributors of foreign films.
How does The Tournées Festival work ?
Each year a committee of professionals select 20-25 of the best contemporary French films newly distributed in the United States. Universities apply and, if accepted into the program, organize a French film festival (featuring at least five of these films) on their campus during the academic year. A committee of professors and professionals select the universities. Participating universities receive a grant of $1,800 or $2,300 (the amount of the grant is determined by the screening format—DVD or 35mm—chosen by the university.) Each school remains eligible for grants for a period of five consecutive years maximum.
2009-2010 Application deadlines and process
June 31, 2009 : for universities wishing to screen films in the fall semester.
October 1, 2009 : for universities wishing to screen films in the winter or spring semester.
The film selection, application form and program guidelines, along with a complete list of current participants, can be found on www.facecouncil.org/tournees
2009-2010 Film selection
21 new films have recently been selected for the 2009-2010 season. These films include the newest releases by well-known French filmmakers, such as Eric Rohmer’s Romance of Astrée and Celadon and Agnès Varda’s The Beaches of Agnes, as well as the work of emerging talents, such as Emmanuel Mouret’s Shall We kiss and Abdellatif Kechiche’s The Secret of the Grain. The film selection includes a diversity of styles and genres—comedies, dramas, documentaries and animations. Thirty-nine older films from previous seasons continue to be made available for screenings as part of the program. The film selection committee includes : Melissa Anderson, Film Critic ; Livia Bloom, Programmer of the Nantucket Film Festival ; Adrienne Halpern, co-founder of Rialto Distribution ; Richard Pena, Director of Programming of the Lincoln Center Film Society ; Jean Vallier, Film Critic.
Facts and figures on The Tournées Festival
- Since its inception in 1995, the program has partnered with hundreds of universities.
- More than 300,000 students have discovered French-language films through Tournées.
- Over $200,000 is distributed in grants annually.
- Close to 200 universities apply every year.
- Over 100 universities throughout the United States participate every year.
The Tournées Festival receives support from the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Centre National de la Cinématographie, the Florence Gould Foundation, the Grand Marnier Foundation, Highbrow Entertainment and the Franco-American Cultural Fund (SACEM, the Writers Guild of America, the Directors Guild of America and the Motion Picture Association).
For more information : www.facecouncil.org/tournees