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Save the date for 2016

The 24th French Film Festival UK will take place from 4 Nov – 1 Dec 2016

[Note that start and end dates might fluctuate.]

A Star is born


A star is born: Rod Paradot, the young first-time actor who starred opposite Catherine Deneuve in his first film Standing Tall by Emmanuelle Bercot, talked about his role and his amazing career trajectory at presentations of the film in Edinburgh and Glasgow. Yet another achievement was his César as best male newcomer in the recent awards ceremony. Image taken at Glasgow Film Theatre by official photographer Roy McKeag (copyright).

Let the credits roll … on 2015

With buoyant and enthusiastic attendances in leading independent cinemas from Inverness to London via Belfast, Edinburgh, Glasgow and many other locations, the 23rd French Film Festival UK hosted its last screening on 13 December – after almost five hectic weeks (from 5 November) of premieres, guests, University workshops and ateliers, schools screenings, media gatherings, dinners, receptions, and question and answer sessions between directors and actors and the public.

Although the organisers are still compiling the figures for the overall performance of the event London Ciné Lumière recorded an amazing 30%  leap in attendances, which has given immense cause for satisfaction.

The title of the closing film The Sweet Escape (a bucolic comedy by Bruno Podalydes) also marked “a sweet escape” from the turmoil of Festival schedules and logistics for the core team of Julie Juret, Vivien Vande Kerckhove and Dominique Dasso. Festival directors Richard Mowe and Ilona Morison extend gratitude to loyal sponsors, funding bodies, advertisers, industry colleagues, venue staff, volunteers, audiences and all those who have contributed to the success of the 23rd edition. We look forward to the 24th edition with dates in 2016 from 3 November to 1 December (subject to final confirmation) and wish everyone the compliments of the season.

Highlights of the 23rd French Film Festival UK



Cannes break-out star Rod Paradot came to present Standing Tall in which he starred with Catherine Deneuve.
Photographer: Roy McKeag
Long-distance director: Jérôme Bonnell travelled to present gala opening film All About Them in no less than five cities (pictured here in Glasgow by photographer Roy McKeag)


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Belgian director Savina Dellicouraccompanied her film All Cats are Grey in London, Edinburgh and Glasgow (Photographer Roy McKeag), a visit supported by Wallonie Bruxelles Making an impression: debut actress Manon Capelle starred opposite Bouli Lanners in All Cats Are Grey which she presented at London Ciné Lumière
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Opening night flourish in Edinburgh: Festival director Richard Mowe introduces some of the team on stage at Filmhouse: (from left) Vivien Vande Kerckhove, Julie Juret, Dominique Dasso and Karin Macrae.
Photographer: Michala Obarna
Northern lights: Gala opening at the Belmont Filmhouse in Aberdeen with (centre) Family for Rent director Jean-Pierre Améris, flanked by Virginie Jegat (right) and Sandra MacLennan (left) from sponsors Total E&P UK Limited with Festival directors Richard Mowe and Ilona Morison.
Photographer: Mhairi Bell-Moodie.
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Smiling through: Festival directors Richard Mowe and Ilona Morison launch in to the fray at the Ciné Lumière London at the screening of All About Them, attended by director Jerôme Bonnell and actor Félix Moati In the hot seats – Swiss director Lionel Baier,head of the Lausanne Film School with Rachel NoëlECAL Cinema Bachelor Coordinator during a workshop sessions hosted by Irvine Allan at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh.
Photographer: Chelsi Donaldson
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Short Cuts: the film team from Balkan Blood (from left) actors Adrien Boulon and Michel Assier-Andrieu and director Esus Gläser before the screening at Edinburgh Filmhouse as part of a programme of prize-winning shorts.
Photographer: Michala Obarna
Acting up: Actor Philippe du Janerand makes a point with (left) Irvine Allan from Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, and Right Person for the Job director Wilfried Méance at a workshop session with students.
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In the heart of Hereford for the first time: Festival director Richard Mowe launches the Festival’s inaugural screening at the Courtyard Arts Centre of Family for Rentwith programmer David Gillam French Consul Emmanuel Cocher hosted a dinner for film-makers and Festival teamat the restaurant Fleur de Sel in Frederick Street, Edinburgh.
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Making an exit from Glasgow Film Theatreafter the show of All Cats are Grey: (from left) Ilona Morison, James Steel, Vivien Vande Kerckhove, director Savina Dellicour, Julie Juret and George Ormiston.Photographer: Roy McKeag When Stefan met Terence: two directors meet at Edinburgh Filmhouse: Tokyo Fiancée director Stefan Liberski (left) and Sunset Song director Terence Davies.Photographer: Mhairi Bell-Moodie
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Workshop sessions: Students from Lausanne Film School at Screen Academy Scotland, part of Edinburgh Napier University.
Photographer: Chelsi Donaldson
Christian Allard MSP (seated right) joined short film-makers and festival organisersfor screenings and workshop sessions at Queen Margaret University Photographer: Chelsi Donaldson
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Sitting comfortably: actor Félix Moati and director Jérôme Bonnell at the London premiere of All About Them at the Ciné Lumière.
Photographer: Damien Rayuela
Campus call: director Stefan Liberski joined an Edinburgh University seminar on writer Amélie Nothomb organised at the University of Edinburgh.
Photographer: Michala Obarna
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Lunch date: Joann Sfar, director of The Lady in the Car with Glasses and a Gun, met up with his star Freya Mavor for the UK premiere of the film in Edinburgh and Glasgow. Emmanuel Cocher, French Consul, hosted a lunch in honour of the film-making delegations
Photographer: Mhairi Bell-Moodie
Golden silent: The London Barbicanhosted a screening of Abel Gance’s J’accuse with live score played by John Sweeney. Pictured FFF’s Ilona Morison, Barbican’s Robert Rider, and journalist and media consultant Marianne Gray. 
Time by the Tyne: Jean-Pierre Amérispresented Family for Rent at Tyneside Cinema with FFF’s Ilona Morison and Richard Mowe and hosted by cinema programmer Jonny Tull. Road trip: Director Jérôme Bonnell and FFF’s Richard Mowe presented All About Them as part of the Leeds International Film Festival


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You can play your part in the forward-planning for this year’s French Film Festival UK, the only unique event devoted to Francophone cinema which is based in Scotland but covers locations throughout the UK.  We have a limited number of unremunerated internship posts which are available now. We seek volunteers with skills in marketing, programming, fund-raising as well as being able to multi-task across a range of disciplines.

If you think you have skills that could work in such an environment then get in touch in the first instance with a CV and details of your availability. A knowledge of French and French cinema would be useful but not essential. The Festival is based at the French Institute at 13 Randolph Crescent, Edinburgh but we have flexibility for those who may wish to work from a home office or elsewhere. Be part of the creation of an exciting event now in its 24th edition and interact with other creative people from all over Europe.



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