FrancoFilm Festival Set For
28 February – 7 March, 2020
Abu Dhabi, UAE: Jan 21, 2020
Created a decade ago, FrancoFilm festival aims at celebrating the French language through cinema. In the framework of the “Month of Francophonie” that is celebrated every year in March worldwide, cinema represents a powerful medium to celebrate the French language
and its diversity.
Today, FrancoFilm festival becomes an even more important rendez-vous locally since the UAE have been granted associate member status at the International Organization of La Francophonie (IOF) during the last the Francophonie Summit in Erevan in 2018. Moreover, 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of the International Organization of La Francophonie.
During the past editions of FrancoFilm, francophone countries represented in the UAE have gathered their forces to propose an original selection of movies, while exploring new avenues and collaborations in the world of cinema.
Echoing the “Season of African Cultures in France”, this year’s film line-up tends to explore the diversity of cultures in Africa and the common heritage of humanity, through documentary, action, comedy, animation and drama movies.
The tenth edition of FrancoFilm festival is scheduled to take place in two separate venues: cinema Akil in Dubai and Edition Hotel in Abu Dhabi.
The screenings in both venues ones are subject to regular ticketing.
All non-English movies will have English, Arabic or French subtitles.
Interested parties can find the film festival program or purchase tickets by visiting http://www.cinemaakil.com/ and http://institutfrancais-uae.com/
Box office hours vary between venues. Patrons are encouraged to collect booked tickets 15 minutes prior to the session to avoid queues.
About the organizers
Cinema Akil is an independent cinema platform that brings quality films from across the world to the audiences in the UAE. Showcasing directors and filmmakers across the decades, Cinema Akil aims to create awareness and interest in film and the cinematic arts. Launched in 2014 as a nomadic cinema, Cinema Akil has held over 60 pop-up cinemas attracting over 35,000 attendees in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah. In September 2018, Cinema Akil opened its first permanent location in Al Quoz, Dubai making it the GCC’s first arthouse cinema. Cinema Akil’s flagship home is brought to you in partnership with Alserkal Avenue. Cinema Akil is a member of the Network of Arab Alternative Screens (NAAS) which includes members from the MENA region such as Metropolis in Beirut, Zawya in Cairo and Cinematheque du Tangier in Morocco. Follow us into the dark
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The Institut français in the United Arab Emirates is the cooperation and cultural department of the French Embassy. It is responsible for promoting French creation, thought and language, as well as fostering bilateral exchanges and cultural, artistic, educational, academic and scientific partnerships between France and the UAE. It follows the cultural and educative aspects of the French-Emirati strategic dialogue.
It is involved in a vast range of activities. It organizes cultural events in various fields such as visual arts, performing art, cinema and debates. It supports the French cultural and educative institutions, as well as cultural and creative industries in their development projects in the UAE.
The year of the “French-Emirati Cultural Dialogue” celebrates the historical ties of friendship and cooperation between France and the United Arab Emirates, established upon the foundation of the Federation in 1971 and growing stronger ever since.
About the “French-Emirati Cultural Dialogue”
The “French-Emirati Cultural Dialogue” was born with the signing of a new cooperation agreement between France and the UAE on November 9, 2017, on the occasion of the visit of Emmanuel Macron, President of the French Republic, to Abu Dhabi and Dubai. This initiative aims to celebrate the friendship between France and the United Arab Emirates and to expand the scope of our exchanges and encounters in France
between our two peoples.
For more information, contact Mrs. Zohra AIT EL JAMAR, Regional audiovisual attaché (+971 50 104 3121)