About The Festival

The 12th edition of the Alliance Française French Film Festival ran from 1 March until 18 April 2018.

37 films were presented during 7 weeks in 14 cinemas throughout New Zealand, showing the full range of creativity and originality that make France’s cinema scene one of the most vibrant in the world.

We would like to say merci to all who helped us make the Festival the major French cultural event in the country, and merci to our audience in particular who make the films come alive.

A l’année prochaine, see you next year.

— The Festival Team.

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