FACE Foundation

Supporting French-American Cultural Exchange in Education and the Arts

Tournées Film Festival


Special Announcement

Due to the new online teaching conditions during these unprecedented times, we now present you the VIRTUAL Tournées Film Festival!

The guidelines remain similar:

— Choose a minimum of six films (5 contemporary + 1 classic) from the Films Selection list.

— Complete the Application form before November 10, 2020.
The results will be announced late November.

— If selected, you will book your screenings directly with the distributors which are now all using various platforms (Vimeo, Eventive etc.). Instead of receiving a DVD, distributors will then send a password-protected and time-limited link (technical details and terms will vary depending on the platform and distributors).

— Festivals will have to take place during the first semester of 2021 and be completed by late May 2021. 

— After your festival, submit your post-screening form to receive the grant.

The grant to cover the cost of screening SIX FILMS is $2,200.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for a grant, you must be affiliated with an American college or university with nonprofit status. Candidates must plan to show the films as part of a festival consisting of a minimum of six films, and the screenings must take place within a six-week period. The films may be presented as part of a larger film festival. Candidates are eligible to receive the Tournées Film Festival grant for a maximum of five consecutive years, but they must reapply each year.

Please note that the grant is paid retroactively, upon receipt by FACE Foundation of all necessary post-screening documents and materials.

General Advice for your Application

The application is the primary tool used by the Selection Committee to choose the grant recipients. Therefore it’s extremely important that you are as thorough and detailed in your answers as possible in order to adequately convey the concept for your festival, and your enthusiasm for the project.

Even if your institution has participated in the program in the past, you still need to submit a new application. Please do not assume that we are familiar with your school and festival. And please be aware that we closely review the Post Screening Forms when considering applications from past grant recipients.

We strongly encourage collaboration with other departments and professors as we have seen that this generally results in far more successful festivals. The more people involved, and the greater the financial commitment, the better the promotional and organizational outcome. One possibility is to establish a committee to select the films and organize the festival. You should also plan to have someone introduce the screenings and facilitate post-screening discussions. This usually results in a larger audience.

We also recommend including the screenings as part of a curriculum or as an extra credit option. We have learned from past participants that students who are required to attend form a core audience at the festivals. And Professors who assign the screenings as part of a course are usually more apt to get involved with the promotion and organization of the festival. You should also encourage student involvement in the organization of the festival via internships or work-study programs. There are many students who are genuinely interested in this kind of work and it can be a good way to increase interest and attendance at the festival.

Choose your opening night film wisely. Selecting a more accessible first film is a good way to draw a wider audience at the outset and ideally create interest in the films to follow. If the first film is too challenging, this can negatively impact audience turnout for the duration of the festival.

If you have any questions about your application, send us an email at tournees@face-foundation.org. We will be happy to help you.


Amélie Garin Davet
Program Officer