MyFrenchFilmFestival returns for its 12th edition

Arts and Creative Industries

With more than 12 million film views across 200 territories last year, and a special “Cannes Festival” edition in June 2021, MyFrenchFilmFestival is the world’s first online francophone film festival.

From January 14 through February 14, 2022, you will have the chance to discover, from the comfort of your own home, 30 films (features and shorts) that have been handpicked just for you!
Comedies, romcoms, dramas, documentaries, animations, cinema classics… we will shine a light on all the genres! Plus, for very young audiences, we have a special program of silent short films by students from France’s leading animation schools!

In South Africa and in every country on the Continent, the festival is 100% free!

All films are subtitled in 11 languages: French, English, Arab, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, German, Polish, Russian, Japanese, and Korean.

Just pick a film, sit back, relax and enjoy the best of French cinema for free!

THE COMPETITION
Internet users around the world are invited to vote on the festival platform to select their favorite feature film and short film.
To vote, go to MyFrenchFilmFestival.com, create a profile, watch the movies and select your favorite!
Several prizes will be awarded at the end of the festival: the Jury Award, with a jury composed of international film directors; the Audience Awards, where web users around the world can vote for their favorite films via the festival platform; and the International Press Awards, selected by a jury composed of journalists from major international media outlets.

WIN A SPECIAL PRIZE
As done last year, the French Institute of South Africa will be awarding special prizes through an online contest. The three selected winners will receive 10GB of free data to enjoy as many French films as possible. All you have to do to enter the competition is answer a simple question and complete the form. Good luck!

THE 2022 FILM SELECTION
The 2022 selection is divided in themes representing the diversity and vitality of francophone cinema, as per the seven following categories:

– French & Furious,
– Bold Youth,
– Troubled Identities
– A cinema of desire,
– Night Tales,
– Voyage, Voyage,
– Kids Corner

French and Furious: a selection of films that are dynamite in the new-generation auteur cinema scene
Teddy by Ludovic Boukherma and Zoran Boukherma – Cannes 2020
The Monopoly of Violence by David Dufresne – Directors’ Fortnight 2020
The Demons of Dorothy by Alexis Langlois – Locarno 2021
Horacio by Caroline Cherrier – Annecy 2021
Love Hurts by Elsa Rysto – Clermont-Ferrand 2021

Bold Youth: different perspectives on the unconditional energy of youth
All Hands on Deck by Guillaume Brac – Berlin International Film Festival 2020
Gallant Indies by Philippe Béziat
Oldschool by Yasmine Bahechar
The Right Words by Adrian Moyse Dullin – Cannes 2021

Troubled Identities: when the search for meaning starts with a search for a sense of self
Nadia, Butterfly by Pascal Plante – Cannes 2020
Playlist by Nine Antico
Madly in Life  by Raphaël Balboni and Ann Sirot
The Ugly Ducklings by Anton Balekdjian

A Cinema of Desire: a little tour of awakenings to love, desire, and sensuality
The Lover by Jean-Jacques Annaud
Honey Cigar by Kamir Aïnouz – Giornate degli Autori (Venice) 2020
Beyond the Horizon by Delphine Lehericey – San Sebastián 2019
Hold Me Tight by Léoluna Robert-Tourneur
Moon by Zoé Pelchat

Night Tales focuses on what we become between nightfall and dawn.
The Night Doctor by Elie Wajeman – Cannes 2020
Dustin by Naïla Guiguet – Toronto 2020
Malabar by Maximilian Badier-Rosenthal – Clermont-Ferrand 2021
Little Bear by Nicolas Birkenstock – Clermont-Ferrand 2021

Through time or space, Voyage, Voyage offers us a chance to discover new horizons.
Calamity by Rémi Chayé – Annecy 2020
Skies of Lebanon by Chloé Mazlo – Cannes 2020
Erratum by Giulio Callegari
Omnibus by Sam Karmann – Cannes 1992

This year, Kids Corner brings a selection of silent animated shorts directed by promising young directors
fresh out of film school.
Astralium by Lucie Andouche
Mido and the Instrumals by Roman Guillanton
Eye for an Eye by Thomas Boileau, Alan Guimont, Robin Courtoise, Mathieu Lecroq, Malcolm Hunt
and François Briantais
Treasure by Alexandre Manzanares, Guillaume Cosenza, Philipp Merten and Silvan Moutte-Roule

WHERE TO SEE THE MOVIES?
All films will be available until February 15th on the MyFrenchFilmFestival.com platform and on sixty partner platforms worldwide.

Find all the Festival selection here

MORE INFO
Website: http://www.myfrenchfilmfestival.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MyFrenchFilmFestival/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/myfff

UNIFRANCE
My French Film Festival is an initiative of UniFrance Films, the French government agency in charge of promoting French cinema overseas. http://en.unifrance.org/
Created in 1949, in the form of an association under the law of 1901, Unifrance is administered by French state authorities, in particular the CNC (Centre national du cinéma et de l’image animée). The association has nearly 1000 members: producers of feature films and shorts, exporters, sales agents, directors, actors, authors (screenwriters) and talent agents.

IFAS
As the cultural agency of the Embassy of France in South Africa, the French Institute of South Africa (IFAS) is the operator of the cultural activities of France abroad, one of 96 institutes in the world. IFAS organises and supports artistic events in venues and festivals throughout the country. It has strong relationships with various South African partners through artistic projects. IFAS is a platform for cooperation, encouraging cultural diversity and exchanges between South Africa, France and the rest of the African continent. Of these, the audiovisual projects develop links and long-term partnerships between the South African and the French cultural industries in the fields of innovation, training, storytelling, production, distribution, professional markets, public policies and regulation frameworks.

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