presents the 27th annual
affrenchfilmfestival.org Sydney 1-24 Mar Melbourne 2-24 Mar Canberra 3-29 Mar
Brisbane 11 Marâ€“3 Apr Perth 16 Mar-7 Apr Adelaide 31 Mar-24 Apr
Casula 7-10 Apr Parramatta 7-10 Apr Hobart 28 Apr-4 May
CONTENTS MERCI & BRAVO
A HIGHLY DYNAMIC AND CREATIVE FRENCH FILM INDUSTRY
KEY INFO AND NUMBERS
PREVIEW SCREENINGS, OPENING NIGHTS AND CLOSING NIGHTS
PARTICIPATING ALLIANCES FRANÃ‡AISES
ISABELLE FAURE WITH HIS EXCELLENCY MR CHRISTOPHE LECOURTIER, AMBASSADOR OF FRANCE TO AUSTRALIA
MERCI & BRAVO
A HIGHLY DYNAMIC AND CREATIVE FRENCH FILM INDUSTRY
168,000+ ATTENDEES Driven by the spectacular results of its 2015 edition, the current season of the Alliance Française French Film Festival has achieved further success in 2016. With more than 2,000 sessions nation-wide, the 27th showing of the Festival has once again entertained and stimulated the audience with a richly diverse programme comprising 48 films. Screening in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and Hobart, more than 168,000 festival admissions were recorded in the 20 participating cinemas. This cinematic celebration, presented by the Alliance Française in association with the Embassy of France in Australia, along with the generous support of our presenting sponsor Peugeot and exhibition partner Palace Cinemas, is the rewarding result of the dedication combining organisations and individuals. Displaying a dynamic calendar of events, the Alliance Française French Film Festival remains a leading multi-cultural film celebration in Australia.
His Excellency, Mr Christophe Lecourtier, Ambassador of France to Australia, stated, “The historical success of the Alliance Française French Film Festival is symbolic of its strength and a testimony to the longevity of its relationship with Australian audiences. It demonstrates the intensity of French Cinema abroad and its capacity to move, touch, and inspire well beyond the borders of France. While France’s creativity is widely recognised in Australia, the Festival is a joyous occasion which celebrates the affection that Australians have for French culture; a mutual warmth currently being reinforced at this year’s Festival de Cannes by the jury presidency of George Miller who, in conjunction with David Stratton, was our 2016 Festival Patron.”
France boasts one of the world’s most dynamic film industries, with approximately 300 films released every year, including co-productions and documentaries.
The Alliance Française French Film Festival welcomed the support of exceptional patrons this year with not only George Miller but renowned film critic David Stratton and acting couple Marta Dusseldorp and Benjamin Winspear.
In 2015 the top 10 primarily-French productions in the foreign market included: Taken 3, the Little Prince, The Transporter Refueled, The Bélier Family and Serial (bad) Weddings.
Australian audiences continue to be wonderful supporters of French cinema and this was yet again demonstrated in 2016 ISABELLE FAURE Chief representative of foundation Alliance Française in Australia
One of the main characteristics of French cinema is its rich variety of genres. This exceptional diversity is exemplified in the films of world famous directors, including Michel Gondry, Claude Lelouch, Julie Delpy, Maïwenn or Jacques Audiard, winner of the Palme d’Or at Cannes International Film Festival 2015 for his last movie Dheepan. The 2015 French cinema industry recorded more than 314 million admissions worldwide.
In Australia, more than 50 films are acquired every year by Australian distributors for commercial release. TV channels such as SBS also purchased the rights to distribute over 150 French films annually for broadcast on free-to-air TV. The relationship between Australia and France is strengthened through their remarkable collaborations in several film productions.
KEY INFO AND NUMBERS 27TH EDITION 9 week duration
cinema seats filled in 2016
48 20 2,450 films
82% 70% 22% 19% 40%
30 y/o & under
AT THE FESTIVAL WITH DAVID AND GEORGE
AT THE FESTIVAL WITH MARTA AND BENJAMIN
The Alliance Française French Film Festival was delighted to have the support of two distinguished gentlemen, the Academy Award® winning filmmaker George Miller, and the revered movie critic, David Stratton, as Patrons of this Festival’s 27th edition.
In addition the Festival was also graced by the involvement of husband and wife acting dynamos, Marta Dusseldorp and Benjamin Winspear. These ambassadors of the audiovisual and performing art sector were the Patrons of the Festival’s captivating new Small Screens in the Big Screen category.
PREVIEW SCREENINGS, OPENING NIGHTS AND CLOSING NIGHTS
Once more, Australia cinema-audiences’ favourites David Stratton, selected 5 films as his personal Festival picks throughout the programme. LEFT: SYDNEY MEDIA LAUNCH RIGHT: BRISBANE OPENING NIGHT
PREVIEW SCREENINGS At the beginning of February 2016, the Alliance Française French Film Festival presented its 27th edition and outstanding line-up to 800+ journalists and sponsors in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide. The film chosen for these special preview screenings was a pick from David Stratton’s selection: Microbe and Gasoline by Michel Gondry. OPENING NIGHTS A NEW TV SERIES CATEGORY – SMALL SCREENS ON THE BIG SCREENS 2016 brought new stories and formats to the Alliance Française French Film Festival with the introduction of five French television series. These established hits and yet to be released series celebrated the diversity of French Television and embodied the current viewing trends. The AFFFF screened the first two episodes of the first season of each series.
CRITICS PRIZE We asked five Australian journalists to select their pick from the 2016 entries. Thanks to the invitation of uniFrance Films and in association with the Embassy of France in Australia, some of our panelists flew to Paris to attend screenings and conduct interviews with French actors and filmmakers. Members of the jury were Philippa Hawker (Fairfax Media), Fiona Williams (SBS Movies). Cara Nash (FilmInk), Stephen Romei (The Australian and The Weekend Australian) and Jason Di Rosso (ABC Radio National). The Alliance Française French Film Festival 2016 Critics Prize went to Mon Roi, by Maïwenn.
The 27th edition of the Alliance Française French Film Festival successively travelled to 7 cities, where it was launched with glamourous Opening Nights. In Sydney, the Festival was honoured by the attendance of three of its 2016 patrons, David Stratton, Marta Dusseldorp and Benjamin Winspear. David Stratton also flew to Melbourne to officially open the Festival. Overall nationally, more than 3,800 patrons joined in these celebrations and received a gift bag, generously filled with goodies from our national and local sponsors. Sydney hosted the national launch with the traditional two-hour red carpet gala at the National Art School. The 700 guests then continued their night at Palace Verona for the Opening Night screening.
In Melbourne, 700 spectators celebrated the Opening of the Festival at the magnificent Astor Cinema, a new participating venue, followed by a fantastic gala held at the venue. Canberra held a memorable after-party for its 420 guests at the Palace Electric Cinema to welcome the start of the Festival. The Opening Night in Brisbane assembled 720 guests at Palace Centro with an elegant French inspired cocktail party. The Cinema Paradiso, hosted the Opening Night screening in Perth and the evening continued with an after-party at the Connections Night Club for the 440 patrons. Adelaide launched the Festival at the Palace Nova Eastend Cinemas with 320 guests followed by a captivating Opening Night party. The Opening Night in Hobart inaugurated the State Cinema’s new function room and launched a successful 9-day French film festival.
CLOSING NIGHTS For the Closing Night, the 27th edition of the Festival was loyal to its classic film tradition. Around 2,700 patrons nationwide bid farewell to the 2016 Alliance Française French Film Festival with the screening of the restored version of Contempt by Jean-Luc Godard.
MOST POPULAR FILMS FILM TITLES
A PERFECT MAN
UN HOMME IDÉAL
ALL ABOUT THEM
À TROIS ON Y VA
ALL THREE OF US
NOUS TROIS OU RIEN
ANTON CHEKHOV 1890
ANTON TCHÉKHOV 1890
APRIL AND THE EXTRAORDINARY WORLD
AVRIL ET LE MONDE TRUQUÉ
BELLE & SEBASTIAN: THE ADVENTURE CONTINUES
BELLE ET SÉBASTIAN, L’AVENTURE CONTINUE
1. ROSALIE BLUM
UN PEU, BEAUCOUP, AVEUGLÉMENT
CALL MY AGENT
DIX POUR CENT
FAMILY FOR RENT
UNE FAMILLE À LOUER
GASTON MÉLIÈS AND HIS WONDERING STAR FILM COMPANY
LE VOYAGE CINÉMATOGRAPHIQUE DE GASTON MÉLIÈS
COUP DE CHAUD
HOME SWEET HOME
UN VILLAGE PRESQUE PARFAIT
6. BLIND DATE
IN THE SHADOW OF WOMEN
L’OMBRE DES FEMMES
LA BELLE SAISON
LA BELLE SAISON
LOVE AT FIRST CHILD
ANGE ET GABRIELLE
MICROBE & GASOLINE
MICROBE ET GASOIL
MY GOLDEN DAYS
TROIS SOUVENIRS DE MA JEUNESSE
ONE WILD MOMENT
UN MOMENT D’ÉGAREMENT
PAPA OU MAMAN
PAPA OU MAMAN
2. A PERFECT MAN
3. ROSALIE BLUM
THE BRAND NEW TESTAMENT
LE TOUT NOUVEAU TESTAMENT
THE LAST PANTHERS
THE LAST PANTHERS
THE MEASURE OF A MAN
LA LOI DU MARCHÉ
THE SCENT OF THE MANDARINE
L’ODEUR DE LA MANDARINE
THE STUDENT AND MR. HENRI
L’ÉTUDIANTE ET MONSIEUR HENRI
THE SWEET ESCAPE
COMME UN AVION
THE VERY PRIVATE LIFE OF MISTER SIM
LA VIE TRÈS PRIVÉE DE MONSIEUR SIM
THE WHITE KNIGHTS
LES CHEVALIERS BLANCS
UN PLUS UNE
UN PLUS UNE
UN VILLAGE FRANÇAIS
UN VILLAGE FRANÇAIS
VALLEY OF LOVE
VALLEY OF LOVE
RANKING BASED ON TOTAL ADMISSIONS
3. BELLE & SEBASTIAN: THE ADVENTURE CONTINUES
5. THE WAIT
7. MON ROI
8. UN PLUS UNE
9. FIRST GROWTH
RANKING BASED ON AVERAGE ADMISSIONS
7. BELLE & SEBASTIAN: 8. COURTED THE ADVENTURE 97 spectators CONTINUES
4. LOVE AT FIRST CHILD
5. ALL THREE OF US
9. LOLO 96 spectators
10.THE STUDENT AND MR HENRI 95 spectators
SPECIAL EVENTS In addition to the sessions announced, the Festival featured some special themed events, film introductions and Q&A.
MARCH 9, CHAUVEL CINEMA Sydney had the privilege to welcome David Stratton and George Miller for one glorious evening. The audience had the chance to experience a oneon-one conversation between these titans of cinema.
MARCH 15, PALACE VERONA French tv series script writer Nicolas Mercier was in Sydney to introduce a screening of the first two episodes of Call My Agent! which he co-wrote. He offered the audience a 15min insight into the modern movie-making.
MARCH 16, PALACE WESTGARTH
GEORGE MILLER AND DAVID STRATTON, SYDNEY
Melbourne hosted a series of Q&As in participation with the University of Melbourne. 2015 Palme d’Or, Dheepan was followed by a Q&A with Dr. Andrew McGregor on “Identities in exile: Dheepan and the myth of cultural integration in France”.
MARCH 16, PALACE VERONA Sydney’s first Ladies’ Night went sold out in few days for the latest comedy of Julie Delpy, Lolo.
MARCH 17, PALACE ELECTRIC CINEMA The special event La Belle Saison in Canberra brought together the Embassies of Belgium and Switzerland and the High Commission of Canada for francophone celebration around wine and food.
MARCH 20, WINDSOR CINEMA Patrons in Perth were delighted with an afternoon of Opera with the performance of 2 mezzo-sopranos to plunge the audience into the film Marguerite.
MARCH 23, GRIFFITH UNIVERSITY Griffith Film School, in collaboration with the Alliance Française de Brisbane organised a skype between their students and film director Jaco Van Dormael whose last film The Brand New Testament was part of the 2016 line-up of the Festival.
MELBOURNE OPENING NIGHT
APRIL 24, PALACE NOVA EASTEND Adelaide closed this season with a 15min introduction to this year’s classic film Contempt. Ben McCann, Associate Professor in French Studies at the University of Adelaide, also specialist in French Cinema shared his passion for this New Wave touchstone.
HERMAN VAN EYKEN, PROFESSOR - GRIFFITH UNIVERSITY
JUDIT MOLNAR, SOPRANO - BRISBANE
SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES Each year, the Alliance Française French Film Festival is supported by renowned French and international companies looking for a large scale exposure. The Festival is a true platform for promotion and an excellent branding exercise for our sponsors and partners. Opportunities includes advertising in cinemas, private screenings, product activations, giveaways…
ADVERTISING IN VENUES & CINEMA AIR FRANCE BANNER. OPENING NIGHT SYDNEY
PRIVATE SCREENINGS POLYGLOT AD IN CINEMAS
NEW CALEDONIA TRAVEL CONNECTION’S PRIVATE SCREENING
POLYGLOT’S PRIVATE SCREENING
BNP PARIBAS’ PRIVATE SCREENING
PROMOTIONS AND GIVEAWAYS LADURÉE TEA SET GIVEAWAY, LADIES’ NIGHT SYDNEY
MICHELIN GIFT CARD, NATIONAL NEWSLETTER
PRODUCT ACTIVATIONS MICHELIN’S BIBENDUM, OPENING NIGHT SYDNEY
LADURÉE, LADIES’ NIGHT SYDNEY
COMTESSE DU BARRY, SPECIAL EVENT PERTH
LOUIS BOUILLOT, GENTIL HUGEL, GUIGAL CÔTE DU RHÔNE
PEUGEOT 308, OPENING NIGHT ADELAIDE
AVÈNE, OPENING NIGHTS
TESTIMONIALS After an interruption of several years, Tefal has decided to come back as a sponsor of the AFFFF. The quality and variety of the movie selection was outstanding. Tefal’s core consumer is very closely aligned with those of the AFFFF.
As a brand that holds it’s heritage in France, Tefal is very proud to be associated with such a great French cultural event that supports the love of ‘everything made French’ has to offer. Congratulations. Et sûrement, à très bientôt ! Wivina Chaneliere, Managing Director Tefal Australia
COLLATERALS NATIONAL POSTER
700MM X 1000MM POSTER
A6 BOOKLET presents the 27th annual
Nationally distributed. Posters are displayed in all participating alliances and cinemas from the beginning of the year as well as distributed to sponsors and all cultural partners.
80 page programmes distributed to Alliance and Palace Cinemas’ customers, sponsors, cultural partners and other key locations.
National & local sponsors Quantity: 139,000
National sponsors only Quantity: 530
sydney 1–24 march
Sydney 1–24 Mar
Melbourne 2–24 Mar
Canberra 3–29 Mar
11 Mar–3 Apr
16 Mar–7 Apr
31 Mar–24 Apr
28 Apr–4 May
Red Carpet Sponsors
Front Row Sponsors
LOCAL POSTER A3 POSTER presents the 27th annual
Distributed to local sponsors and partners. Also displayed in cafés, restaurants and cultural spaces.
National and local sponsors Quantity: 2,270 affrenchfilmfestival.org
Red Carpet Sponsors
Front Row Sponsors
OPENING NIGHT INVITATION
ELECTRONIC INVITATION Used for all Festival correspondence National sponsors Quantity: 2,725
National and local sponsors Quantity: 1,097
BRISBANE presents the 27th annual
DOUBLE PASSES National & local sponsors Quantity: 4,470
Used to highlight special events Quantity: 5,725
TOW FOR ONE PASSES
ALL ABOUT THEM
ALL THREE OF US Based on a
ANTON CHEKHOV 1890 Be-
APRIL AND THE EXTRAORDINARY WORLD In this
BANG GANG In this erotic fable
BARON NOIR When the career
BELLE & SEBASTIAN
BLIND DATE In this intriguing
BOOMERANG A brother and
CALL MY AGENT! Mathias, and
CHIC When Alicia, a tempestu-
CONTEMPT A failed playwright
COURTED A feared Supreme
DHEEPAN Seeking a new life
FAMILY FOR RENT In this
FIRST GROWTH A Parisian
GASTON MELIÈS & HIS WANDERING STAR FILM COMPANY
HEATWAVE Amidst a sweltering
HOME SWEET HOME Gentle
IN HARMONY An embittered
IN THE SHADOW OF WOMEN
LA BELLE SAISON A fascinat-
LOLO A Parisian sophisticate
LOVE AT FIRST CHILD When
MACADAM STORIES This sur-
MARGUERITE Wealthy Mar-
MICROBE & GASOLINE Disillu-
MON ROI Upon being admitted
MY GOLDEN DAYS Anthro-
ONE WILD MOMENT A holiday
PAPA OU MAMAN In this
writer finds instant fame when he assumes credit for a forgotten manuscript. But he soon learns that deception comes at a high price.
comedy-romance, a designer of puzzles who craves silence and a fledgling concert pianist, devise a complex series of rules to co-exist. is prepared to sacrifice his wife and marriage in order to win favour with a brash Hollywood producer.
National & local sponsors Quantity: 1,780
wine-critic learns that it’s easier to rate a good wine, than it is to create one, when he returns to try and save his family’s fading Burgundian vineyard.
ADMIT TWO COMPLIMENTARY PASS
A PERFECT MAN A would-be
enthralling animated tale set in an alternate Paris of 1941 where steam and coal prevail and science has been banished.
presents the 27th annual
stunt rider, crippled from a filming mishap, embarks upon an unlikely love affair with the beautiful insurance investigator assigned to his case.
Gabrielle discovers her daughter, is pregnant by her disinterested boyfriend, she confronts the man whom she believes to be the lad’s father.
to a rehabilitation centre following a major skiing accident, lawyer Tony reflects on the tumultuous relationship she once shared with Georgio.
Melodie and Charlotte are lovers…then Charlotte’s boyfriend returns and he and Mélodie fall prey to cupid’s arrow…but Mélodie still loves Charlotte. of teenage sexuality, a group of discontented adolescents form a club whose membership guarantees a dizzying array of sexual exploits…
sister return to their childhood holiday home on the scenic Ile de Noirmoutier, to be confronted by a mystery surrounding their mother’s death. Court judge is driven to ignore protocol when a former lover, for whom he still has feelings, is selected as a juror for a criminal trial.
Utilising rare footage, this fascinating documentary traces the Asia-Pacific voyage of Gaston Méliès
In Paris, the romantic and professional lives of documentary filmmakers, Pierre and Manon, are tested with the intoxication of infidelity threatens. real, yet droll human drama follows the misadventures of six mismatched characters over the course of several days.
pologist Paul Dédalus returns to Paris after many years abroad, where various encounters compel him to reflect on three key episodes of his youth.
true story, this inspiring comedy follows the adventures of a spirited Iranian family who flee the 1970s tumult to start afresh in suburban Paris. of politician Philippe is ruined by a presidential candidate, he embarks on a path of bitter revenge using every means at his disposal. his friends are talent agents who work 24/7 to keep their famous actor clients happy, with drama and comedy off the screen!
in France, a former Tamil fighter adopts the identity of a dead man and recruits a young woman and orphaned child as his family. summer in a small Southern French town, a troubled young man’s erratic antics enrage his fellow villagers in search of a scapegoat.
ing look at France’s 1970s feminist movement, as told through the love affair between the worldly Carole and farmer’s daughter, Delphine.
guerite lives for the opera despite being tone-deaf but disaster beckons when she decides the time is nigh for her professional debut. on the Corsican coast between two middleaged men and their teenage daughters leads to a complicated yet erotic liaison.
fore finding literary fame, Anton Chekhov was a struggling doctor. This is the story of his journey from anonymity to celebrity. The latest chapter in this beloved series sees Sebastian and his canine companion, Belle, embark upon a thrilling quest to rescue a friend. ous fashion designer unable to create her latest collection, is jaded by love, her business director decides a new romance is needed.
beguiling rom-com, a lonely, wealthy man gains an instant family when he strikes an unconventional deal with a challenged single mother.
humour ensues when a shady Parisian surgeon is lured to a posting in a small town.
finds romance with an IT boffin whilst on holiday. But when her new love joins her in Paris, her son does his utmost to sabotage the relationship. sioned, two adolescent boys Gasoline & Microbe, ingeniously construct an automobile from spare parts and embark on a summer adventure.
subversive comedy, a couple’s implode when both are offered jobs abroad. An all-out battle to avoid custody of their three children!
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Tailored advertisements, to match each publicationsâ€™ demographic. Time Out, Frankie Magazine, FilmInk, Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, Courier Mail, Spectrum Now, Must Do Brisbane. And outdoor advertisements. Rova Taxi Media, Adshel.
BUS BACK ADVERTISEMENT
AFFFF 30’ TVC
81 banners 2 week campaign
The promotion of the Festival started on Boxing Day with a 30’ TVC screened in 19 cinema locations. The Festival trailer was played alongside other advertisements by the cinema.
MELBOURNE 16 banners + 4 signage hubs 3 week campaign
PERTH 41 banners 2 week campaign
CINEMA BANNERS Outside participating cinemas
UNIFRANCE BONJOUR FROM THE FRENCH STARS A 2 minute video with extracts of interviews with French actors and directors was shown nationally prior to all Festival screenings.
SCREEN SHOT, BONJOUR FROM THE FRENCH STARS
SPONSOR AD REEL Both 10 minute sponsor ad videos were played alternately and equally prior to the Festival screenings. The Sponsor ad reel features all national sponsors advertisements and local sponsors advertisement locally. No other advertisements were screened during the Festival.
SCREEN SHOT, SPONSOR AD REEL, CLUB MED
TELEVISION GIFT BAGS & T-SHIRTS
SBS & SBS 2
AFFFF 30’ TVC shown in a campaign 239 spots during peak hours, broadcast nationally 1,077,500 viewers On air, 14 Feb – 07 Mai 2016
Distributed on Opening Nights Quantity: 4,000
WORLD MOVIES T-SHIRTS Worn by volunteers, staff and available for sale Quantity: 400
AFFFF 30’ TVC shown in a campaign 37 spots, broadcast nationally, 18.5 min on air 185,000 viewers 21 Feb – 10 Apr 2016
AFFFF 2016 30’ TVC
ONLINE COMMUNICATION Design of a responsive website with a versatile slideshow. Display of films synopsis, images and trailer, special events, schedule etc.
WEBSITE PERFORMANCE & REPORT 268,000 visits 149,300 unique visitors
AFFFF2016 WEBSITE FOR DESKTOP
SOCIAL MEDIA Editorial content on the French Film Industry Posts about Festival key dates, films and events Advertising campaign to optimise the reach and develop our database
FACEBOOK 11,550 likes +20% FROM 2015
average number of pages viewed per visit
TWITTER 1,470 followers
average visit duration
DATABASE & E-NEWS National and local e-newsletters with general and tailored information Festival dates, films and events per city
AFFFF2016 WEBSITE FOR MOBILE
34,230 registrants in our database +27% FROM 2015
9,500 website competition registrants +90% FROM 2015
national and local newsletters
YOUNGER VIEWERS CROSS PROMOTION
REACHING THE AUDIENCES OF TOMORROW
Throughout the years, the Alliance Franรงaise French Film Festival and the 6 organising Alliances Franรงaises have built strong networks and have developed partnerships, organising giveaways to spread the word about the Festival.
BELLE AND SEBASTIAN: THE ADVENTURE CONTINUES 5,764 Admissions, 61%
APRIL AND THE EXTRAORDINARY WORLD 2,686 Admissions, 29%
THE WHITE KNIGHTS 967 Admissions, 10%
Total National Admissions: 9,417
SYDNEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
SO FRENCHY SO CHIC
1ST BEST ADMISSION
2ND BEST ADMISSION
3RD BEST ADMISSION
MARIE CLAIRE MAGAZINE
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The Alliance Française French Film Festival continues to proudly showcase this incredible wealth of cinematic culture and in 2016 celebrated its 27th season with a richly diverse programme that once again entertained and stimulated audiences throughout the country.
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As the birthplace of cinema, France is renowned for its strong, prolific and innovative film industry, which, through the decades, has given rise to several important cinematic movements and enduring screen icons. Indeed, France has long been a mecca for artists from around the world, who continue to be inspired by the creativity, artistry and talent of its celluloid practitioners.
Allons-y to the Alliance Française French Film Festival this month. Our pick? Miu Miu’s favourite actress Stacy Martin stars in Taj Mahal set during the Mumbai terrorist attacks, and the comedy Love At First Child about two single parents brought together when their teenage kids have an accidental pregnancy. Visit VçgZcX]ëab[Zhi^kVa$dg\$
Amidst a marketplace now offering a plethora of film festivals highlighting a vast array of cultures, this ‘grande dame’ still gracefully retains her position as the foremost multi-cultural cinematic celebration in Australia. Indeed, the Festival exerts an allure that few cultural events in the country can equal and despite a stringent economy and the proliferation of online streaming services, continues to increase in audience numbers each year.
Change of season, change of reading material. Welcome in autumn with these page-turners.
1. PAULINA & FRAN by Rachel B. Glaser
2. THE GOOD LIAR by Nicholas Searle
(Granta, $27.99) This novel follows the eponymous heroines throughout their decadelong friendship after they first meet as wide-eyed art students. Fans of Girls and Broad City will love the
(Penguin, $45) Try and tell the truth from the lies in this narrative with more twists than an MC Escher painting, about a con man called Roy looking to complete his last job. You’re going to love reading
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In tandem with the seemingly endless growth of all avenues of communication connected with the digital age, online coverage is now one of the most vital components of any publicity campaign and the first, if not the only, source of information for many consumers. Thus much of the Festival’s media exposure has been generated online, with the high level of coverage indicative of its inherent allure. Given the huge number of competing festivals and cultural events that journalists, reviewers and bloggers are asked to cover on a weekly basis, the competition for space is fierce. Yet the Festival continues to excite media keen to explore the latest cinematic offerings from this remarkable film industry.
As such, the Alliance Française French Film Festival’s 2016 publicity coverage included features, reviews and listings across several hundred outlets. Print highlights include Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, Herald Sun, Daily Telegraph, Courier Mail, Australian Financial Review, Filmink Magazine, Time Out, Marie-Claire and The Weekly Review, whilst high-profile online exposure incorporated websites such as Arts Hub, The Blurb, Broadsheet, Concrete Playground, Culture Concept, Femail, Fourth Reel, Switch, The Music, Urban Cinefile and The Thousands. Radio coverage included the ABC Network and SBS, along with an influential and varied mix of community ‘arts’ programs on a state-by-state basis. The Festival was also the subject of an episode of ABC’s new iview program, The Critics.
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Allons-y! Celebrate the best of contemporary French cinema The Alliance Française French Film Festival returns in 2016 with some of the best Þlms to come out of France in the past year. Francophiles and movie buﬀs alike can watch French artistry on the screens of the Palace Verona, Palace Norton Street, the Hayden Orpheum and the Chauvel Cinema. Dramatic comedy Rosalie Blum will kick oﬀ the festival at Opening Night, which will be followed by an exclusive gala party. Top picks of the 2016 program includes rom-com Love at First Child, Jacques Audiard's 2015 Palm D'Or winner Dheepan, A Perfect Man and Un Plus Une (pictured). A fully restored version of Jean-Luc Godard’s 1963 masterpiece Contempt (Le Mépris) starring screen siren Brigitte Bardot will cap oﬀ the festival.
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This tale of two misfits is Michel Gondry’s most personal film, and one of David Stratton’s top picks at this year’s French Film Festival. The words inventive, distinctive, surreal and whimsical are most commonly attached to the French film director Michel Gondry. But Gondry’s latest film, Microbe & Gasoline is best described as subtle. In Australia we know him best for some of his English-language films: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Science of Sleep and Be Kind Rewind. And for the many music videos he’s directed since the early ’90s for Björk, Beck, Daft Punk, The White Stripes, Metronomy and Kylie Minogue among others.
One of Gondry’s hallmarks is merging fantasy and reality. And it’s present in Microbe & Gasoline, too. Its characters interact with made-up machines, stop-
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GENDER NUMBER OF SCREENINGS
ATTENDANCE PROFILE AND DEMOGRAPHICS
Non French-speaker Non-native French-speaker
15% 11% 10%
0% Under 18 18 to 25
26 to 30
31 to 40
41 to 50
51 to 60
Not in the labour force
PREVIOUS EDITIONS ATTENDED
90% 80% 70%
PLANNED FILM VIEWINGS
TRAVELLED TO FRANCE?
MOST USED COMMUNICATION TOOLS
Word of Mouth
Alliance Française Website
Festival advertisement in Cinemas Yes
No Of course, I’m French
Festival Programs 2016
SBS or World Movies
FESTIVAL FIRST TIMERS
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PARTICIPATING ALLIANCES FRANÇAISES SYDNEY
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LOCAL SPONSORS CANBERRA
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The Embassy of Belgium in Australia, The Embassy of Switzerland in Australia, The High Commission of Canada, Canberra Business Chamber, RovaTaxi Media, Travel Makers, Arum Floral Design
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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS MERCI The Alliance Française French Film Festival is the result of collaboration between the Alliances Françaises of Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth and the cultural services of the French Embassy in Australia: ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SYDNEY: Jean-Baptiste Milcamps, General Manager l Laurie-Anne Pecqueux, Deputy General Manager l Morgane Blondel, National Festival Manager l Dominique Giovanangeli, Finance & Administration Manager l Agathe Zocco di Ruscio, Festival Coordinator l Max Clement and Jeremy Certa, Festival Assistants | Olivia Modesti & Camille Comtat, Marketing Managers ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE MELBOURNE: Michel Richard, Director | Françoise Libotte, Deputy Director & Festival Logistics Coordinator | Marion Nouvel, School Screenings | Mathieu Vendeville, Designer | Amélie Graux, Antoine Leroy-Souque and Astrid de Ramecourt, Festival Interns ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE CANBERRA: Isabelle Faure, Director and Chief Representative of Fondation Alliance Française in Australia | Jessica CHOQUET, Deputy Director ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE BRISBANE: Jacques Bounin, Director | Mélanie Blanquine, Marketing, Communications and events Manager | Anaïs Rigaudeau, Marketing & Festival Assistant ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE D’ADELAIDE: Jean-Christophe Trentinella, Director | Ilona Solinska, Operations Manager | Céline Bernard, Events Coordinator | Charline Brainez, Events Assistant ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE PERTH: Carine Bougnague, Managing Director | Valériane Mathieu, PR & Events Manager | Clotilde Lecoeur, Festival Assistant | Yann Le Flour, Education Coordinator 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 and Artistic Director of the Festival 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.
As a long-time supporter of the French Film Festival (I will have seen 24 films by the end of the festival), I would like to congratulate you on the wonderful selection, as always.
Maria Swell Thank you merci for a wonderful opening night at the Astor. Great music, food, wine, atmosphere and the film was so good too. Thanks for the hard work and we all got a ‘buzz’ out of the night.
The new selection of TV to Big Screen has been a huge success for us and for many of our friends. I would like to say that “A Perfect Man” was the standout hit film for me and clearly for everyone else in the cinema the night I saw it. No one left the cinema prematurely as the credits rolled with many still sitting there at the very end discussing what they had just seen! Very unusual to see that and clearly a vote of confidence in that gripping and exciting film. Regards Sally M
FRENCH DISTRIBUTORS: 100% Distribution, BAC Films Distribution, Federation Entertainment, Gaumont, Kinology, , Nocturnes Productions, SND groupe M6, Studiocanal, TF1 International, The Festifval Agency, Versatile, Wild Bunch EXHIBITION PARTNER PALACE CINEMAS: Antonio Zeccola, Benjamin Zeccola, Elysia Zeccola Hill, Antony Zeccola, Stephanie Zeccola, Genevieve Kelly, Paulette Arvizu, Kim Petalas, Gina Rubiano, Ingrid van den Berghe, Lucy Gibson, Georgina Stegman, Charley Greaves, Kimberley Allan, Renato Fonti, Karen Karpinski, Joel Anderson and Yolanda Sulser
Frank Espana Good line up of films this year. Looking forward to Contempt on the big screen
Hello Alliance Francaise! Thank you so for a wonderful festival of French Films for 2016! I saw 25 films and my husband saw 32. We loved most of the films we saw and we are sorry we weren’t able to see all them. We were pleased to see encore screenings offered this year. Films such as ‘ First Growth ‘, ‘ Papa et Maman’, ‘ Chic’ and ‘A Perfect Man’ played to full cinemas and were very enjoyable films.
TWITTER @TJMarksmanSerpo: #MicrobeandGasoline is #MichelGondry’s best since The Science of Sleep… @AFFFF2016
Thank you again for a great festival. I’m sorry it’s almost over. Ros M.
UNIFRANCE FILMS AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTORS: Curious Film, Entertainment One, Hi Gloss Entertainment, Icon Film, Madman Entertainment, Palace Films, Potential Films, Rialto Distribution, Sharmill Films, StudioCanal, Transmission Films, Umbrella Entertainment, Vendetta Films
Irene Perry Loving the movies. Another today- Rosalie Blum
Bonjour, I am taking the time to congratulate you on the fantastic, user friendly website for the Alliance Francaise Festival this year. In the past, I have struggled on the website, often mixing up Melbourne and Sydney dates or venues. This year it is superb and will result in my attendance at more films. Bien fait, Miriam
@matthewminas: Thank you @astor_theatre & @AFFFF2016 for a great night out with Jean Luc Godard’s ‘Contempt’! #AFFrenchFilmFestival
@dickiegee: The delights of the French Film Festival continues. The Perfect Man may be my favourite @AFFFF2016
@interalia: Watched Un Peu, Beaucoup, Aveuglément tonight. Have now seen 5 films from the @AFFFF2016. My record is 7, maybe I can break it this year!
FESTIVAL PARTNER EXHIBITORS: John Kelly, Paul Dravet, Rachell Baker, Robert Love, Michelle Kotevski, Elizabeth L Kleinberg, Kiersten Fishburn, Nikki Akbar and Melinda Scott SPECIAL THANKS to Festival Patrons David Stratton, George Miller, Benjamin Winspear, Marta Dusseldorp and Raphaël Millet and to Sébastien Donnadieu, FATS Digital, Big Words, Carbon8 and Patricia Noeppel Detmold
Thanks to all Festival volunteers. GRAPHIC DESIGNER: Catherine Spinks
Desanka It was another superb festival. Merci à tous!
WEBSITE: Tip Top Web PUBLICITY: Annette Smith (Ned & Co), Angela Tolley, Neil Ward, Felipe Benado and Adriana Bergovich
Chaperon_rouge7 I saw this movie with the free movie pass I won at your competition! What an absolute treat to see such a beautiful performance from Patrick Bruel.
A L’ANNÉE PROCHAINE SEE YOU IN 2017
CONTACT MORGANE BLONDEL NATIONAL FESTIVAL MANAGER ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SYDNEY 257 CLARENCE ST, SYDNEY NSW 2200 E: MORGANEB@AFSYDNEY.COM.AU T: (02) 9292 5741 M: 0405 766 503
Published on Jun 17, 2016
2016 Alliance française French Film Festival in Australia - Report - 168,017 cinema seats filled - 9 week duration - 48 films - 20 cinemas...