About The Festival

The Alliance Française French Film Festival has firmly established itself as the foremost French cultural event in New Zealand. Reaching out to about 35,000 people every year, the Festival is the second largest film festival in the country and showcases France and the French-speaking world in all its diversity.

The Festival is organised by the French Film Arts Trust, a not for profit organisation dedicated to the promotion of French cinema.

Every year the Festival gives an insight into contemporary French film production. The programme offers a large choice of films, from more intimate auteur cinéma to genre films and big entertainment, inviting the audience to ’travel’ the world and experience – One language, but a world of emotions.

The Festival has successfully wrapped up its 2017 season, its 11th edition. Thank you to everyone for making this year a success.

Once again a rich programme was on offer, international festival titles as well as first feature films were in the line-up, covering a wide range of genres and themes. 

Stay tuned for updates on the 2018 festival.

A très bientôt au cinéma!

Highlights from the Festival

The Alliance Française

The Alliance Française is a worldwide, non-profit network of associations dedicated to the promotion of French language and culture. The first Alliance Française was founded in Paris in 1883 and it has been active in New Zealand for 120 years.

There are now 819 Alliance Française organisations worldwide including 9 in New Zealand and 1 in Cooks Island, all of which offer social as well as cultural activities. 7 of them (in Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin, Hamilton, Nelson, Palmerston North and Wellington) also provide French language classes to nearly 3,000 students altogether.

The Alliance Française maintains strong ties and implements quality cooperation with cultural and educational local institutions. They work closely with the Cultural Service of the French Embassy to arrange linguistic and artistic programming.

Discover your local Alliance Française.

The French Film Arts Trust

The French Film Arts Trust

The French Film Arts Trust (FFAT) is a non-profit entity dedicated to the promotion of French cinema in New Zealand and the organiser of New Zealand’s prestigious Alliance Française French Film Festival.

Screening across New Zealand in March and April each year, the Festival is one of the largest and fastest growing French film festivals outside France.

The Trust comprises a mix of experienced business people and advocates for French culture in New Zealand. The Trustees are nominated by the Alliances Francaises of New Zealand and are proud to bring a selection of the best French films to New Zealand screens every year

The Board

John Martins

Vicki Jackways
David Kember (legal advice)
Martine Marshall
Isabelle Poff-Pencole