Young French Cinema

Film & TV
The Horizon by Emilie Carpentier

The Horizon by Emilie Carpentier

Young French Cinema is a program of UniFrance and the Villa Albertine that aims to bring French films that are not distributed in the US to art house cinemas, film societies, the Alliance Française network, and American universities.

The YOUNG FRENCH CINEMA program is one of the most convenient entry points to Contemporary French directors. It offers a selection of today’s best films and filmmakers. The program mainly focuses on rising talents, from high-profile independent works to quirky comedies, animated features tackling history, powerful documentaries about the world around us and exciting shorts.

This program stands as proof that the young generation of contemporary French filmmakers is - now more than ever - a true melting pot, with a global vision and an amazing ability to combine different cultural influences. The work of this new generation of filmmakers is innovative in both style and storytelling and touches on a wide range of subject matters. Most of the films selected in this program have premiered in the US in one of the top US festivals, but are not currently distributed in the US.

Contact: Adeline Monzier, and Sandrine Neveux, 

Discover the program of Edition 2022 here!


Review of the 2021 edition:

Despite the context of the health crisis and the many theaters closed until spring 2021, the YFC 2021 selection circulated well: 96 virtual and physical screenings took place in 2021 in 30 venues (theaters, cinematheques, universities, Alliance Française) in the various constituencies. The films have been screened in 16 U.S. states. With about 20 screenings since January, Antoinette dans les Cévennes is the title that has generated the most interest from theaters and universities. It is closely followed by Rouge, De nos frères blessés and Si le vent tombe.
Five virtual Q&As/roundtables were held at American universities and festivals. David Dufresne, Farid Bentoumi, Nora Martirosyan, Keren Ben Rafael, Caroline Vignal and Chloé Mazlo were able to interact with the public and American students.


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Founded in 1949 and strengthened thanks to its merger with TV France International in 2021, UniFrance is the organisation responsible for promoting French cinema and TV content worldwide.
Located in Paris, UniFrance employs around 50 staff members, as well as representatives based in the U.S., in China, and soon in Japan. The organisation currently brings together more than 1,000 French cinema and TV content professionals (producers, filmmaking talents, agents, sales companies, etc.) working together to promote French films and TV programmes among foreign audiences, industry executives and media.

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