Films on the Green is a free outdoor French film festival produced annually in New York City parks. Screenings are free and open to the public, and all films are shown with English subtitles.
Films on the Green’s mission is to provide free access to high-quality, diverse film programming —contemporary and classic French and Francophone cinema— for a young, diverse audience in beautiful green settings throughout New York City.
Films on the Green was first launched in 2008 as a community-oriented festival that reaches out to audiences in the heart of their own neighborhoods —in parks and community gardens across New York City. Since then, the festival has expanded tremendously: In 2019, with the help of 28 sponsors and partners, wepresented 13 free screenings in 9 different parks to more than 7,000 attendees across New York City. While the festival was cancelled in 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic, we continued to strengthen links with our fans and communities by sharing film recommendations based on previous year’s festivals.
Films on the Green is returning in 2021 with a special hybrid edition and an exciting lineup of international cinema. From July 9 to 30, the festival is bringing a world music tour to the New York City area with in-peron screenings in Manhattan parks and online for the first time!
With a dynamic and diverse following, the festival reached more than 7,000 viewers in 2019. Although Films on theGreen’s target audience is 25-35 -year-old New Yorkers, the festival attracts cinephiles (French cinema lovers) of all ages and appeals to French and francophone communities across New York City. The festival now enjoys a loyal and committed audience.