The Alliance Française Classic Film Festival
Alliance Française presents with STUDIOCANAL and in association with Palace Cinemas, this exciting complement to the renowned Alliance Française French Film Festival, taking place from late August onwards in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide. The annual Alliance Française Classic Film Festival aims to rediscover masterpieces of French cinema, highlighting a talent, actor or director who has made an indelible contribution to France’s celebrated film industry.
“Les Blondes” is the theme for the second edition of this Festival, celebrating 5 emblematic actresses in iconic French films from 1952 to 1975: Brigitte Bardot, Catherine Deneuve, Jean Seberg, Romy Schneider and Simone Signoret. Decorated figures of French cinema, with a certain “je ne sais quoi”, these iconic blondes collectively garnered a myriad of Césars, Oscars and other awards for their performances and films; each artist is a revered symbol of French culture whose talent and presence has reverberated far beyond the confines of cinema.
Considered great actresses of their eras, these “Les Blondes” are internationally recognised and renowned. Catherine Deneuve was selected by the European Film Academy to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award, Simone Signoret was the recipient of multiple Oscars, Romy Schneider was the inaugural winner of the Best Actress César in 1976, Jean Seberg immortalised La Nouvelle Vague in cinema and style, and Bardot’s status as a global icon of beauty continues to be celebrated by a number of art and fashion institutions.
Between romance and drama, comedy and adventure, experience these films as they were meant to be experienced on the big screen. Rediscover the classic splendour of “Les Blondes” in the company of performers Yves Montand, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Jeanne Moreau, Serge Reggiani, and Isabelle Huppert.
The Festival is showcasing 5 films in 7 cinemas to across 6 Australian cities, encompassing 39 sessions, including an Opening Night event in each city.
The Alliance Française French Film Festival
With more than 168,000 admissions in 2016, the Alliance Française French Film Festival’s 27th edition was its most successful.
The Festival has become a highly anticipated and extremely popular event on the Australian cultural calendar. It is not only the biggest film festival in Australia; it is also the biggest festival of French films outside of France.
Each year the festival curates a selection of the best contemporary French films, including comedies, dramas, documentaries and much more. Blockbusters and independent films alike screen over nine weeks in seven cities: Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Canberra, Brisbane, Perth and Hobart. The festival also includes glamorous opening nights, Q&As and special events with renowned figures of French film.
French culture, and in particular French cinema, has never been more popular in Australia than it is right now. The Alliance Française French Film Festival audience includes Australians, French, Francophiles and movie buffs – all keen to experience the latest sophisticated, vibrant and daring films from France.
The annual Festival is a collaboration between the Embassy of France in Australia and six Alliances Françaises around the country. The Alliance Française is an independent, not-for-profit language and cultural organisation that has been actively promoting a Franco-Australian exchange for over 130 years.
Having entered its second quarter century, the Alliance Française French Film Festival proudly continues its international celebration of the best new cinema from France.
The Alliance Française
The Alliance Française is an independent, not-for-profit language and cultural organisation promoting Franco-Australian exchange since 1899. With an ambitious mission to spread the French language and culture well beyond the borders of France, there are around 819 Alliances Françaises existing in 137 countries all over the world.
The Alliance Française Classic Film Festival is the result of collaboration between the Alliances Françaises of Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide:
ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SYDNEY: Jean-Baptiste Milcamps, General Manager | Laurie-Anne Pecqueux, Deputy General Manager | Morgane Blondel, National Festival Manager | Dominique Giovanangeli, Finance & Administration Manager | Marion Révillion, Festival Coordinator | Charlotte Midson, Festival Assistant | Camille Comtat, Marketing Manager
ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE MELBOURNE: Michel Richard, Director | Sian Mitchell, Volunteer Festival Assistant | Mathieu Vendeville, Communication, Graphic & Web Designer | Valentine Louf, Carole Guilbert, Festival Interns
ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE CANBERRA: Isabelle Faure, Director and Chief Representative of Fondation Alliance Française in Australia | Jessica Choquet, Deputy Director | Vincent Brousse, Business Development Manager | Marie Weber, Cultural Assistant
ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE BRISBANE: Jacques Bounin, Director | Mélanie Blanquine, Marketing, Communications and Events Manager | Chloé Reynaud, Marketing & Festival Assistant
ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE PERTH: Carine Bougnague, Managing Director | Valériane Mathieu, PR & Events Manager | Roxane Merveille, Festival Assistant | Clotilde Lecœur, Cultural Event Assistant | Yann Le Flour, Education Coordinator
ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE D’ADELAIDE: Lesley Cooper, Office Administrator | Ilona Solinska, Operations Manager |
FRENCH EMBASSY IN AUSTRALIA: H.E. Mr Christophe Lecourtier, Ambassador of France to Australia | Éric Soulier, Cooperation and Cultural Counsellor | Grégoire Pinson, Assistant | Emmanuelle Denavit-Feller, Cultural and Audiovisual Attachée
We would like to take this opportunity to say merci to our valued Festival partners!
TO ALL NATIONAL AND LOCAL SPONSORS: without your financial and in-kind support the Festival would not be possible.
EXHIBITION PARTNER PALACE CINEMAS: Antonio Zeccola, Benjamin Zeccola, Elysia Zeccola Hill, Antony Zeccola, Stephanie Zeccola, Paulette Arvizu, Alice McShane, Kim Petalas, Georgina Stegman, Charley Greaves, Kimberley Allan, Renato Fonti, Gina Rubiano and Zak Hepburn
FESTIVAL PARTNERS EXHIBITORS: Paul Dravet, Rachel Baker, Zak Hepburn, Ian Hale, Mathew Kesting
SPECIAL THANKS to Playbill and WordPrint
GRAPHIC DESIGNER: Mary Tran
WEBSITE: Mathieu Vendeville
PUBLICITY: Annette Smith (Ned & Co), Angela Tolley (Neil Ward Publicity)