GOALS

"To celebrate and promote French language cinema in Ontario."

Cinéfranco is the most important International Francophone Film Festival in English Canada. Founded in 1997 by Marcelle Lean, it became an essential spring event for movie lovers and French film-enthusiasts. Cinéfranco promotes the diversity and richness of Francophone movies in order to increase their appreciation and give them more exposure in an English speaking environment. All films are screened in their original language with English subtitles.

 Cinéfranco goals:
•    To enjoy films rarely seen or not distributed in Toronto cinemas
•    To give a voice and an identity to the Francophone communities in Toronto, in Ontario and outside the borders of Quebec
•    To foster tolerance through the discovery and understanding of other cultures and civilizations
•    To enable students of the French language to listen to, practice and enjoy the language in a resonant cultural milieu
•    To enable the fragmented Francophone communities to mingle and interface
•    To enrich the filmic culture in Toronto and Ontario
•    To foster and develop a taste for French language cinema in order
•    To demand a stronger commercial presence and distribution of French language cinema
•    To further and promote friendship, cultural exchanges between the provinces of Ontario and Quebec
•    To enhance the international profile of Toronto in Canada and in the worldwide film community.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
Cinéfranco produces two main annual film festivals: the Main Program and the Youth Program.

The Main Program:
The Festival’s Main Program is one of the most important International francophone film festival in English Canada. It is comprised of approximately up to 40 Francophone films and brings together thousands of fans. The films reflect the richness and diversity of filmmakers from Francophone countries such as France, Belgium, Switzerland, Canada, Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia.
The goal of this program is to showcase films rarely seen or not distributed in Toronto cinemas. Cinéfranco provides an essential platform to foster the appreciation of Francophone films, considering that fewer and fewer films are being released in theatres and are instead released right away on DVD. Therefore, Cinéfranco gives the opportunity for Francophone film lovers to experience the films on a big screen, and for filmmakers to meet their audience. Cinéfranco provides popular yet quality programming, from hilarious comedies to social dramas, through moving documentaries or captivating thrillers. The audience votes for their favorite film which is awarded “the Radio Canada Audience Award Prize” at the end of the festival.
With up to 10,000 participants, Cinéfranco has become a major Francophone institution in the audiovisual landscape of Toronto.

The Youth Program:
The Youth Program is exclusively dedicated to students and their teachers. It is comprised of ten films and gives students the opportunity to experience French outside of the classroom, in a playful yet educational framework. Cinéfranco always strives to ensure that the films shown reflect curriculum topics. Each of the film programmed comes with its classification file and its educational kit made accessible to the teachers by internet.
By offering the opportunity to future viewers to get acquainted with francophone cinema and French language as well as Francophone cultures, the Youth Program attracts each year between 5000 and 6,000 students.  

CINÉFRANCO ALL YEAR LONG!
In order to reflect upon the richness of Francophone cultures, Cinéfranco organises several film-related activities throughout the year. For instance, many screenings in public libraries as well as co presentations with other cultural organisations are regularly organized. Moreover, Cinéfranco works in close collaboration with the local francophone institutions and is one of the organizers of La Semaine Francophone de Toronto.
Cinéfranco is also very active on social media, especially Facebook and Twitter, to allow its fans to stay tuned with the latest of francophone cinema (give-away contests, premieres, special screenings etc…).

 

 

 

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  • Brotherhood: A Life with Saint Francis
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    Brotherhood: A Life with Saint Francis

    A CINÉFRANCO ICFF COPRESENTATION

    10 June 2017 TBD PM Vancouver Rio Theatre
    11 June 2017 6:00 PM Vaughan Cineplex Cinemas
    14 June 2017 9:00 PM Montreal Cinémathèque

    Italy, 1209, surrounded by convinced and devoted friends, Francis of Assisi seeks purity and innocence among the poor. The Church and Pope Innocent III don’t trust him and become very suspicious. The intrusion of the high authority will create divisions within the order. Francis is summoned by the Church to rewrite the founding text of their brotherhood which will become the Order of the Minor Friars. As Francis becomes blind and moves away from his family, Elie de Cortone, his long-time friend, amends some passages of Francis’ text to satisfy Cardinal Hugolin and Pope Innocent III.

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  • The Confessions
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    The Confessions

    A CINÉFRANCO ICFF COPRESENTATION

    10 June 2017 7 :00 PM Quebec City Cinéma Cartier
    13 June 2017 7 :00 PM Montreal Cinémathèque

    Finance ministers from the richest countries in the world have gathered together in a secluded luxury hotel in Germany for a meeting that may decide the future of the world. Bizarrely, three outside observers have also been invited to attend: a rock star, the famous children’s novelist Claire Seth and the Italian monk and author Roberto Salus. Following a tragic event, the meeting is suspended, and a battle between the Ministers and the monk ensues, as they believe Salus was revealed a top-secret information during a confession. While Salus remains the stubborn defender of the secrecy of confessions, the authorities are overwhelmed by doubts and uncertainties.

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  • DARK DIAMOND (DIAMANT NOIR)
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    DARK DIAMOND (DIAMANT NOIR)

    A Cinéfranco and TJFF coprésentation

    TUESDAY MAY 9 • 5:00 PM • CINEPLEX CINEMAS EMPRESS WALK

    THURSDAY MAY 11 • 6:00 PM • INNIS TOWN HALL

    A heart-stopping thriller that boldly blends film noir and family tragedy. After he accidentally amputates his hand, Victor Ulmann’s family disinherits him and puts his brother Joseph in charge of their diamond business. After Victor dies in poverty, his son, Pier, is given the opportunity to exact revenge on the uncle that he believes robbed his father of his rightful legacy.

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  • THE CHILDREN OF CHANCE (LES ENFANTS DE LA CHANCE)
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    THE CHILDREN OF CHANCE (LES ENFANTS DE LA CHANCE)

    A Cinéfranco and TJFF coprésentation

    MONDAY MAY 8 • 3:30 PM • INNIS TOWN HALL
    SUNDAY MAY 14 • 5:00 PM • CINEPLEX CINEMAS EMPRESS WALK

    A broken leg is a blessing in disguise for Maurice Gutman, a young Jewish boy who is taken away by ambulance just as the Jews of Paris are being rounded up by the French police. Diagnosed with tuberculosis, Maurice is sheltered in a children’s hospital ward. As the war intensifies, the chief physician and senior nurse resort to drastic measures to keep Maurice and the other Jewish patients safe. Based on a true story, this tender coming-of-age drama is a testament to the resilience and bravery of youth.

    Recommended for ages 14 and up
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  • BAG OF MARBLES (UN SAC DE BILLES)
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    BAG OF MARBLES (UN SAC DE BILLES)

    A Cinéfranco and TJFF coprésentation

    MAY 7 @ 5:30pm - CINEPLEX EMPRESS WALK

    A heartwarming, family-friendly film, similar to Louis Malle’s Au Revoir Les Enfants, that explores the Nazi treatment of Jews from a child’s perspective. Based on the autobiographical novel by Joseph Joffo, the film tells the story of two brothers whose parents send them away from Vichy France to join their siblings in the free zone in Nice. The boys face possible capture and deportation along the way. Beautifully shot on location, the film appeals widely to children and adults alike. Featuring a top-notch French cast that includes Patrick Bruel and Elsa Zylberstein.
    Recommended for ages 10 and up

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