29th Festival New Dates and New Big Screen Social Distancing Format APRIL 15 – 18, 2021

30th Anniversary Festival Post-COVID Return to Traditional Format March 24 – 27, 2022 RICHMOND, VIRGINIA

28th Festival postponed until MARCH 18 – 21, 2021
28th (AKA 29th) FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL RICHMOND, VIRGINIA

FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL WILL TAKE PLACE SAFELY IN 2021

Save the New Dates for the 29th & 30th Festivals! 
The 29th French Film Festival will take place in a new large screen format, and safe environment, on April 15-18, 2021
28th French Film Festival passes will be honored for the return to normal, Post-COVID, 30th anniverary Festival March 24-27, 2022.
The heavy toll of COVID-19 has impacted all of us, and we especially extend our thoughts to all those who have lost love-ones.  On cultural and economic fronts, the pandemic is devastating cinemas around the world.  In solidarity with French filmmakers and artist-technicians, our Festival will bring France’s newest films to the US and, yes, still show them on the big screen.    Yes, correct, the 29th Festival will not be a « virtual » Festival and yet there will be no physical contact between film viewers beyond one’s own self-identified secured circle of family/friends.  The Festival will announce shortly how this will be possible while completely respecting, and even going beyond, social-distancing protocols.  So get ready to enjoy French films again the way their creators intended for you to see them: on the big silver screen.    For everyone who purchased passes for the 28th Festival, you will be able to inform our office if you prefer to hang on to your 28th Festival pass for the back-to-normal 30thth anniversary of the Festival in March 2022 or if you want to use your 28th pass for admission to all the films at the special 29th Festival format this year in April.  More information about the program, passes, tickets and the safe-viewers-format for this year’s Festival will be posted in February.  Yes, of course, all films will have English subtitles.

EVENTS

Special Event in anticipation of the 4TH Pocahontas Reframed: Native American Storytellers Film Festival

At the Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA)

Sur le bout de la langue by Vincent Bonnay

OFFICIAL RECEPTION

At the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA)
Saturday, March 28, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

The Official Reception is for all Festival student, faculty and regular VIP pass reception-holders who have purchased the $25 add-on for the reception. If you have purchased a pass already and did not choose the reception add-on, you still may do so by contacting the Festival office. This special event will be held on the evening of Saturday, March 28, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, a non-smoking venue, located at 200 N Arthur Ashe Boulevard, Richmond, Va. VMFA Museum Parking Deck is free to all Festival Reception Pass Holders.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A FILMMAKER TODAY?

One filmmaker answers this question before each feature.

Strange paradox at a time when cinema attendance rate is excellent.
Screens of all kinds, globally, invade our daily lives and trivialize images as never before.
Today, everyone makes images. But making images does not mean making a movie. . .

NOVELS, ADAPTATIONS AND AUTOBIOGRAPHIES BY THE FILMMAKERS

Create a wonderful Festival keepsake or purchase a gift for friends and family. Do not forget to have members of the 28th French Film Festival delegation sign your copy…

Available for Signing by the Authors at the Festival.

Special Event in anticipation of the 4TH Pocahontas Reframed: Native American Storytellers Film Festival

At Byrd theatre

Sur le bout de la langue by François Girard

OFFICIAL RECEPTION

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Saturday, March 28, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

The Official Reception is for all Festival student, faculty and regular VIP pass reception- holders who have purchased the $25 add-on for the reception. If you have purchased a pass already and did not choose the reception add-on, you still may do so by contacting the Festival office. This special event will be held on the evening of Saturday, March 28, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, a non-smoking venue, located at 200 N Arthur Ashe Boulevard, Richmond, Va. VMFA Museum Parking Deck is free to all Festival Reception Pass Holders.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A FILMMAKER TODAY?

One filmmaker answers this question before each feature.

Strange paradox at a time when cinema attendance rate is excellent.
Screens of all kinds, globally, invade our daily lives and trivialize images as never before.
Today, everyone makes images. But making images does not mean making a movie. . .

NOVELS, ADAPTATIONS AND AUTOBIOGRAPHIES BY THE FILMMAKERS

Available for Signing by the Authors at the Festival.

Create a wonderful Festival keepsake or purchase a gift for friends and family. Do not forget to have members of the 28th French Film Festival delegation sign your copy…

ABOUT

WHAT IS THE FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL IN RICHMOND ?

For 28 years, the French Film Festival has earned acclaim, in the U.S. and in France, for introducing more than 800 French and francophone films to American audiences.

The Festival has welcomed to Richmond more than 900 directors, screenwriters, actors, cinematographers, music composers & artists-technicians.

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