Tournées Film Festival is a program of the FACE Foundation, in partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, which aims to bring French cinema to American colleges and university campuses. Our objective in providing nearly $200,000 in Tournées Film Festival grants every year is to fund festival endeavors that can eventually become permanent and self-sustaining.

Founded in 1995, this year in its 23rd season, Tournées Film Festival has partnered with over 600 universities, reaching an audience of over half a million students and community members all across the United States. Tournées Film Festival reflects the diversity and the richness of French cinema through various genres — fiction, documentary, animation and repertory films — giving participants the opportunity to expand their programming and for audiences to experience French cinema through a wider lens.

This year we are proud to offer a selection of thought-provoking and internationally acclaimed films, such as BPM by Robin Campillo and I Am Not Your Negro by Raoul Peck. Both films are set in the recent past and speak eloquently about contemporary society. Other features in the selection highlight unique visions of humanity such as Félicité by Alain Gomis or Faces Places by Agnès Varda and JR. Last but not least, the Classics section presents very eclectic and timely titles such as La Chinoise by Jean-Luc Godard for the 50th Anniversary of May 68, and three features and two shorts by Jean Rouch celebrating the Centennial of his birth.

We are fortunate to partner again with the Franco-American Cultural Fund, whose support makes the addition of the Classics Selection and the corresponding increase in the Tournées Film Festival grant award possible.

“Franco-American Cultural Fund is proud to be associated with Tournées. The most ingenious aspect of the program is that cinema education is effectively accomplished through film festivals. We extend a big thank you to the professors who put on these festivals that inspire us, through exploring another culture, to become more tolerant, more curious, and more available to others.”
Alejandra Norambuena Skira, Directrice générale of the Franco-American Cultural Fund

On our website, you will find application information and guidelines, distributor contacts, and descriptions of the films selected for this year’s program (both the Featured and Classic Selections), as well as a list of films that are still available from previous years’ selections (the Alternative Selection). You can also request a brochure, or download the brochure.

Spring 2019 – To Be Announced

More information on the new guidelines and application procedures can be found in the Eligibility & Guidelines page.


Tournées Film Festival is made possible with the generous support of:

Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the U.S.

Centre National du Cinéma et de l’Image Animée (CNC)

Franco-American Cultural Fund (DGA / MPA / SACEM / WGAW)

Florence Gould Foundation

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We would like to thank our selection committees for their commitment and terrific job in choosing the very best of the many French films released this year in the United States. We also extend our sincerest thanks to our committee in charge of distributing grant awards, tasked with the challenging job of selecting the best projects from an impressive applicant pool.

Film Selection Committee:
Florence Almozini, Harris Dew, Nicholas Elliott, and Delphine Selles-Alvarez

Repertory Advisory Committee:
Members from the DGA and the WGAW

Grant Award Committee:
Sam Di Lorio, Anne Kern, John Mhiripiri

We also thank you, the professors, staff, and students who work to bring French cinema to your peers and your greater communities.


The new 2018 / 2019 Tournées Film Festival Brochure [PDF] is available.




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