UPDATED 15 MAY 2020
Award-winning free films from France, Spain and Switzerland
We’ve picked our top films, which we hope will help keep you entertained. Just set up a FREE MyFrenchFilmFestival account. All available until 25 May. We hope you enjoy the films!
Dir Alexis Michalik
Evelyne is desperate to reach London for her mother’s funeral. The airport check-in agent refuses to allow her to board because a vital document is missing. She is distraught and tries everything to get to London on time.
Winner, Best International Short Film, Cleveland International Film Festival, 2016.
Dir Alexis Michalik | 2014 | France, Spain | 19 mins | French with English Subtitles.
Kiki of Montparnasse
Mademoiselle Kiki et les Montparnos
Dir Amélie Harrault
From humble beginnings, ‘Kiki de Montparnasse’ rose to become part of the 1920s Montparnasse group of artists, photographers and writers, which included Utrillo, Man Ray and Desnos. Her own story is told in this award-winning animation.
Winner, Best Animated Short Film, César Awards 2014.
Dir Amélie Harrault| 2013 | France | 14 mins | French with English Subtitles.
A Tiger with No Stripes
Le tigre sans rayures
Dir Alexis Michalik
A little tiger goes in search of his stripes. Animation, no dialogue.
Winner, Best Production for Early Childhood, Chicago International Children’s Film Festival, 2019.
Dir Alexis Michalik | 2018 | France, Switzerland | 8 mins.
Le chant d’Ahmed
Dir Foued Mansour
One day Ahmed, who works at the local swimming pool and is nearing retirement, meets Mike, a teenager adrift. A kind of friendship develops between them.
Nominated for Best Short Film, César French Cinema Awards 2020.
MyFrenchFilmFestival Special Mention, International Press Jury.
Dir Foued Mansour | 2018 | France | 30 mins | French with English Subtitles.
Upside Down World
Le monde à l’envers
Dir Sylvain Desclous
One day Mado escapes from her humdrum job in a supermarket and decides to visit her beloved son whom she has not seen for some time.
Winner, Jury Special Prize, Grenoble Short Film Festival, 2012
Winner, Acting Award for Miriam Boyer as Mado, Vendome Short Film Festival 2012.
Dir Sylvain Desclous | 2012 | France | 36 mins | French with English Subtitles.
After the Rain
Après la pluie
Award-winning short animation.
High in the mountains, a dog works happily with his master, an old shepherd. After shearing the animals, the shepherd transforms the wool into clouds to create rain, thereby perpetuating the life cycle of the valley. But one day the shepherd is no longer there and the young dog must find a solution to help the thirst-stricken sheep.
Winner, Audience Award, Maisons-Lafitte Short Film Festival 2019.
Runner-up, Best 3D animated short film, Rookies Festival 2019
Dirs Valérian Desterne, Juan Olarte Zúñiga, Carlos Osmar Salazar Tornero, Lucile Palomino, Juan Pablo de la Rosa Zalamea, Céline Collin, Rebecca Black | 2019 | France | 9 mins | No dialogue.
Day out in Paris
La virée à Paname
Dirs Carine May, Hakim Zouhani
Mourad lives just outside Paris. He flits between drama classes, hanging out with his friends and seeing his girlfriend. Today he has taken the opportunity to attend a writing workshop in the centre of Paris. However, the initiative turns out to be more complicated than planned.
Winner, UniFrance International Award, Aix-en-Provence Short Film Festival 2013.
Nominated for César 2015.
Dirs Carine May, Hakim Zouhani | 2013 | France | 23 mins | French with English Subtitles.
Dir Alice Douard
Nine-year-old Mathilde is enjoying the last day of her summer holiday by the sea with her friends. But her father misinterprets one of their activities.
Winner, Special Jury Prize, Unifrance Short Film Competition 2019
It’s Not a Cowboy Movie
Ce n’est pas un film de cow-boys
Dir Bemjamin Parent
Teenage schoolboy Vincent has seen Brokeback Mountain on television. Troubled by the story, he recounts it to his classmate Moussa. Meanwhile, in the girls’ toilets, Jessica is also deeply moved by the film, and bombards her best friend Nadia with awkward questions.
Winner, Small Golden Rail and Queer Palm, Cannes Film Festival 2012.
Dir Benjamin Parent | 2012 | France | 12 mins | French with English Subtitles.
Oscar nominated animation
Oscar-nominated animation in which two octopuses fight for their lives with a stubborn restaurant cook in a comical escape through the streets of a small Greek village.
Winner, Canal+ Family Award, Annecy International Animated Film Festival 2008.
Dirs Julien Bocabeille, François-Xavier Chanioux, Olivier Delabarre, Thierry Marchand, Quentin Marmier, Emud Mokhberi | 2007 | France | 3 mins | No dialogue.
A Decent Man
Je ne suis pas un salaud
Dir Emmanuel Finkiel
After he is violently attacked in the street, Eddie wrongly identifies Ahmed, an ideal suspect whom he’d noticed a few days before the attack. While the legal machine gets underway with Ahmed, Eddie attempts to win back his wife and son through a new job. But Eddie soon becomes aware of the seriousness of his accusation and he’ll do anything to establish the truth – even if it means he risks losing everything.
“Emmanuel Finkiel’s potent, hard-hitting drama will inevitably be seen through the prism of November’s tragic attacks in Paris. ” – Variety –
“An arresting chronicle of one man’s gradual unraveling.” – The Hollywood Reporter –
Dir Emmanuel Finkiel | Cast Nicolas Duvauchelle, Mélanie Thierry, Maryne Cayon, Driss Ramdi | 2015 | France | 111 mins | French with English subtitles.
Crash Test Aglaé
Crash test Aglaé
Dir Éric Gravel
Aglaé, a young factory worker, has only one reference point in her life: her job at a car crash test site. When she learns that the factory is going to be relocated abroad, she surprises everyone by accepting to go to India in order to hold on to her job. Accompanied by two colleagues, she sets out on a perilous journey by car to the other side of the world.
“Brimming with charm and poetry.” – Le Parisien –
“A journey packed with surprise and a test successfully passed for this first feature that is halfway between social comedy and screwball drama.” – Femme Actuelle –
Dir Éric Gravel | Cast India Hair, Julie Depardieu, Yolande Moreau, Frédérique Bel | 2017 | France | 85 mins | French with English Subtitles.
Day of the Crows
Le Jour des corneilles
Dir Jean-Christophe Dessaint
Courge lives in the heart of the forest, raised by his father, a tyrannical giant who reigns triumphant and prevents his son from exploring beyond limited boundaries. Ignorant about the ways of men, the boy grows up wild, with the placid ghosts who haunt the forest his only company. That is until the day that he is forced to go to the nearest village, where he meets young Manon…
San Sebastian Film Festival (2012)
Chicago Film Festival (2012)
Dir Jean-Christophe Dessaint | 2010 | France | 96 mins | Animation | French with English Subtitles.
Gaspard at the Wedding
Gaspard va au mariage
Dir Antony Cordier
After keeping a careful distance for many years, 25-year-old Gaspard must reconnect with his family when his father remarries. Accompanied by Laura, an eccentric young woman who agrees to pretend she’s his girlfriend at the wedding, he finally feels ready to return to the zoo owned by his parents, where he is reunited with the monkeys and tigers he grew up with…
“A French comedy full of grace and fantasy, which doesn’t remotely resemble other films of its genre.” – Le Monde –
“An ode to siblings and vanished childhood, tinged with humor and enchantment. Our French Wes Anderson.” – Telerama –
Dir Antony Cordier | Cast Félix Moati, Laetitia Dosch, Christa Théret, Johan Heldenbergh | 2017 | France | 103 mins | French with English Subtitles.
The Virgin, the Copts and Me
La Vierge, les Coptes et moi
Dir Namir Abdel Messeeh
Namir is a French filmmaker of Egyptian origin who returns to Egypt to make a film about the miraculous apparitions of the Virgin Mary among the Christian Copt community. As his mother says, “There are people who see her and there are people who don’t. Perhaps there is a message in this”. The investigation quickly becomes an excuse for seeing his distant family once again, and for involving the whole village in an extraordinary adventure. Between documentary and autobiographical fiction, this is a great comedy about roots, beliefs… and the movies.
Dir Namir Abdel Messeeh | 2012 | France | 91 mins | French with English subtitles.
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