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 college 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, Tournées Film Festival has partnered with over 500 universities, reaching an audience of over 500,000 students and community members all across the United States.

For the 2016-2017 of Tournées Film Festival, we are proud to offer a wide variety of films that represent the best of French cinema distributed in the U.S., including acclaimed filmmakers (Arnaud Desplechin, Philippe Garrel, Bertrand Bonello) and new talents that recently emerged on the international scene (Lucie Borleteau, Thomas Lilti). This year’s selection also highlights France’s strength at building fruitful collaborations with filmmakers all over the world. Among our selection are films that have been produced or co-produced by France and created by filmmakers from Argentina, Chile, Turkey and Russia (including Lisandro Alonso, Patrico Guzman, Deniz Gamze Erguven and Alexander Sokurov).

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.

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.


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:
Victoria Hochberg from DGA and Cynthia Riddle from WGAW

Grant Award Committee:
Sam Di Lorio, John Mhiripiri

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


2016 / 2017
The new Tournées Film Festival Brochure [PDF] is available.



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