After four full weeks, the French Film Festival draws to a close for another a year but make a date from 1 November to 7 December 2017.

The 24th edition in words and images.

14639808_1078581388925968_5458358268637161473_nA gathering of some of Team 2017: (from left): Médéric Tampellini, Ilona Morison, Ally Lee, Richard Mowe and Sophie Amono (Photograph: Mhairi Bell-Moodie)


Journalists gather at the London Regent Street Cinema for a press show of Made in France and programme launch with coffee and croissants ahead of the start of the Festival


Small talk at the National media lunch at the Sofitel St James, London

14883469_1072335779550529_6860212575530526395_oLaunching in the heart of London: Brochures on display for the traditional National media lunch at the Sofitel St James

France is in the air … and on the move: official French Film Festival carrier Air France was on screen in cinemas around the UK with an ad that proved 
catchy and enticing for audiences
14976482_1087684128015694_5881565550857213937_oTHE TURTLE HAS LANDED: Ace animator Michael Dudok de Wit (right) presented The Red Turtle at Cine Lumiere as part of French Film Festival UK and also attended Leeds International Film Festival


FIRST STOP: Emma Luchini presented her film Un debut prometteur at London Ciné Lumière before Edinburgh Filmhouse and Glasgow Film Theatre  and opened in person the French Film Festival in three cities. (Photograph: Philippe Boudoux)

15000254_909613645807041_4796707319121657381_oFestival introduction: Ilona Morison and Richard Mowe onstage at Filmhouse Edinburgh (Photographer Ludo Farine)


The French Film Festival UK unfolded the red carpet for their opening night at the Filmhouse in Edinburgh. Before watching Un début prometteur directed by Emma Luchini (centre), guests chatted about French cinema at the Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa, Edinburgh. Flanked on stage by FFF’s Ilona Morison and Richard Mowe. (Photographer: Ludo Farine)


Team and guest on parade: (from left) Ilona Morison, Richard Mowe, Emma Luchini, Médéric Tampellini, Ally Lee, Sylvia Davidson and Hanna Russo.


GLASGOW GIRL: Emma Luchini presented her second feature Un début prometteur at Glasgow Film Theatre



Wheels in motion: Arnold Clark with Renault provided limousines for Festival guests and on screen traced the company’s illustrious history


An exhibition to mark the 70th anniversary next year of the Cannes Film Festival received a special opening at Edinburgh Filmhouse with (from left) Saskia Cameron from Edinburgh College of Art, FFF’s Hanna Russo and Ally Lee


Students from Edinburgh’s Art College had to give their own version of past Cannes Film Festival posters


Sell-out French Film Festival UK success for the Brothers Harari – Arthur (director) and Tom (cinematographer) who presented first feature Dark Diamond at Glasgow Film Theatre last night followed by a Q&A with FFF’s Richard Mowe. (Photographer Médéric Tampellini)


Let the credits roll: Dark Diamond team line-up for the Q and A at Glasgow Film Theate (Photographer Médéric Tamepllini)


Journey’s end: (from left) FFF’s Ilona Morison with Arthur Harari, Tom Harari and FFF’s Sylvia Davidson and Richard Mowe check in to hotel sponsor Novotel in Edinburgh


 Diamonds sparkled in London’s Regent Street: Arthur and Tom Harari (director and cinematographer) brightened up Regent Street Cinema with a third French Film Festival UK show of Dark Diamond with Niels Schneider involved in corrupt corridors of power in the gems trade in Antwerp.

FFF’s Marianne Gray, RSC’s Shira Macleod and journalist Tom Dawson (pictured left) who lead the discussion, were in attendance.


Like grandfather, like grandson: Marcel Pagnol’s beautifully wrought romantic dramas known as The Marseille Trilogy 

spans 20 years in the lives of its lead characters.

 The trilogy has been restored in collaboration with Pagnol’s grandson Nicolas Pagnol who presented the films in person at Regent Street Cinema in London


Legendary renegade director Jean-Pierre Mocky interacted with audiences at Regent Street Cinema and Filmhouse via Skype from the comfort of his Parisian apartment.


15068980_1094983937285713_4749877870581851114_oActor, writer, and director – the multi-skilled Bouli Lanners (second left) was at Filmhouse to present The First The Last and in Glasgow Film Theatre and Dundee Contemporary Arts cinema supported by Wallonie-Bruxelles International.15123385_1094051310712309_5359257080161485597_o

Also in the image: producer Jacques-Henri Bronckart and costume designer Elise Ancion.



Bouli Lanners in the pink at the Blythswood Hotel, Glasgow: He was accompanied by his long-time producer  Jacques-Henri Bronckart  and costume designer Elise Ancion (Bouli’s wife), he confirmed that Belgian film-makers in the francophone community were now emerging from France’s shadow with a distinct and quirky identity all of their own. Visit supported by Wallonie-Briuxelles. (Photograph: Ilona Morison)



Elise Ancion and Bouli Lanners relax at DCA cinema where he screened his most recent film as a director The First The Last

15179146_1096401840477256_895579687263704599_nDCA’s Alice Black with producer Jacques-Henri Bronckart for the Dundee premiere of The First The Last by Bouli Lanners.


Leaving Dundee on FFF’s Sponsor Arnold Clarke festival Renault.



Cheers! Director of Premier Crus Jerôme Le Maire (centre) with FFF’s James Steel and Ilona Morison for the Glasgow premiere screening at GFT. (Photograph Hanno Russo)



Director Jérôme Le Maire (with FFF’s Ilona Morison) presented his second feature Premiers crus. He told GFT audiences that the first time he went to Burgundy was in 2001 or 2002.(Photograph: Hanna Russo)

“I discovered the country. I knew the wine because of my father. Life brought me to Burgundy and I wanted to discover how it works – the landscape, the people, the vineyards, and the secrets.”


Lowdown on the wine trade: Premiers Crus director Jerôme Le Maire (centre) reveals all the secrets at Edinburgh Filmhouse with FFF’s Ilona Morison and Richard Mowe. (Photograph: Médéric Tampellini)


Jerôme Le Maire at GFT to present Premiers Crus.



Campus conviviality: French Film Festival UK took time out at Queen Margaret University for a Short Cuts session hosted by Irvine Allan (left) and involving film-makers Mélody Boulissière (Ailleurs) and Yannick Yannik Ruault (Reflets dans l’oeil du chat). (Photographer Médéric Tampellini)

Melody talked about being plunged in to the febrile atmosphere of the Cannes Film Festival after her animation film was selected for the CinéFondation line-up. Yannick who is based in Aberdeen, revealed that the atmosphere of the Granite City had given him an idea for a feature film.



img_3544 Northern lights: Total gala screening of Tour de France opened French Film Festival UK’s run in Aberdeen at Belmont Filmhouse until 4 December. img_3484

The quirky road movie starring Gérard Depardieu and rapper Sadek was preceded by supper and drinks reception.


 A surprise stand-up routine from FFF’s Médéric Tampellini (centre)  received a warm reception from the Cinema One audience. (Photographer Hanna Russo)

endoffff2016bshL’équipe du French Film Festival UK celebrated the conclusion of another bumper edition at L’escargot blanc on Edinburgh’s Queensferry Street with the traditional in-house awards ceremony animated by Ilona Morison with accolade winners George Ormiston, Sylvia Davidson, Ally Lee, Médéric Tamellini and in absentia Hanna Russo. 

Also in attendance were the design team of Emma and Andy Quinn, photographer Ludovic Farine, volunteer liaison co-ordinator Dove Alarcon, Federica Pugliese (short film programmer), and many others. The Festival organisers gratefully acknowledge the generosity of restaurateur Fred Berkmiller. (Photograph: L’Escargot Blanc )