Introducing Focus on French Cinema

Launched in 2005, Focus on French Cinema is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization in founding partnership with the Alliance Française of Greenwich, CT.



Focus on French Cinema is an international independent film festival showcasing a diverse selection of the best and the latest contemporary French-language films from around the world.

It has the freedom to curate from among the best filmmakers, screening a cutting edge selection of award-winning feature films, short films, documentaries and a special focus on animation.

Focus on French Cinema encourages “educational outreach” as a way to promote cinema awareness, acknowledging film not only as entertainment but as a powerful educational and storytelling medium for cultural exchange in the tri-state community (CT, NY, NJ).

FFC at a glance

> 12 editions

> 3 locations: Greenwich, CT – Stamford, CT – New York City, NY

> 42,000 spectators in the tri-state area (CT, NY, NJ)

> 186 films from 10+ countries

> Thriller, romance, adventure, comedy, fiction, short, drama, documentary, animation, family

> 100+ Q&A’s, Special Events & Educational Screenings
> In 2015: 11 Premieres ; 1 Oscar nomination; 25 Cesar nominations
> In 2016: 1 World & 10 US Premieres, 1 Oscar nomination, 46 César Nominations & 15 César Awards, 17 Swiss, Belgian, Canadian Film Awards & Nominations

Focus on French Cinema’s AUDIENCE: Diverse, Affluent, Educated

> 30% 30-50 year old

> 36% first time comers; 2/3 returning attendees

> 75% non native French Speakers

> Satisfaction rate: 99% | Likeliness to attend again: 100%
Likeliness to recommend to a friend: 97%

“Each year, when I say it cannot get any better, I discover the following year it has gotten better!”

Selection process & committee

Each year the Focus on French Cinema team travels the world to meet various players of the cinema industry and to watch and select the best new films from French-speaking countries. It curates more then one hundred movies in order to feature a dozen films.

Focus on French Cinema’s selection showcases various genres that represent the many strengths of French and francophone cinema; from popular family and comedy movies to art films, shorts, animated film and documentaries. The selection touches on some of the most important topics of our time, including religious and cultural identity, education, immigration and environment issues.

In 2016 Focus on French Cinema featured 11 World and US Premieres and selected films received 1 Oscar nomination, 46 César nominations and 15 César Awards, 17 Swiss, Belgian, Canadian Film Awards & Nominations.

See the movies archives

Alliance with Angouleme


Festival du Film Francophone d’Angoulêmeone of the largest francophone film festivals in Europe, was co-founded by renowned Producer, Casting Director, Actor and Author Dominique Besnehard. In 2015 FFFA presented 100 films to an audience of 30,000 spectators and 50 journalists.

The alliance between The Festival du Film Francophone d’Angoulême and Focus on French Cinema is a shared opportunity that provides a platform for both young and established francophone film professionals to showcase their work in Greenwich, CT, the financial capital of the “Gold Coast”, and Manhattan, NY, the economic and cultural center of the United States.

> See new directors who came to Focus on French Cinema

Alliance with CINEMANIA

The CINEMANIA FILM FESTIVAL is an internationally recognized event dedicated to French-language films. Based in Montreal (Canada), the festival will celebrate its 23rd edition from November 2 to 12, 2017. Since its inception in 1995 by President and Founder Maidy Teitelbaum, it has become an annual rendezvous for cinephiles to preview quality feature films with English subtitles. CINEMANIA presents recent films, masterclasses, retrospectives in collaboration with the Cinémathèque québécoise, gala evenings, summer screenings in parks and various activities all year long. The festival also co-hosts, with SODEC, the Francophone Co-Production Market gathering over 250 professionals (panel discussions, cocktails, workshops).
For the second year of this strong collaboration, FFC is delighted to welcome CINEMANIA’s Managing Director Guilhem Caillard as a guest programmer who worked closely with the Selection Committee to help them put the 2017 Tribute to Quebec together.

Education programs

Over the past 12 years, Focus on French Cinema (FFC) has organized several cinema activities for students:

Round Tables featuring visiting actors, directors and cinema professionals, open to the public

Special screenings with post screening Q&A specially targeted to college students

> Special screenings with pedagogical materials for middle and high school students

Film Review Writing Contests for area schools

> Short film-making workshops for college level film students taught by a Film Director

> On-campus Master classes with Directors or Actors for Purchase College Students

> Family Films on Sunday morning

Semester-long internships for college students

> Volunteer opportunities for high school and college students during the festival.

Executive Team

​Gail Covney – Ticketing & Education
Marie-Jose Hunter – Communication
Anne Kern – Programming
Renée Ketcham – Chair & President, Alliance Française of Greenwich / Press
Fereshteh Priou – CFO
Laurence Teinturier – Business Development

Selection Committee

Antoine Bancharel
Mary Hardy
Anne Kern
Renée Ketcham
Claudine Parisot
Marian Masone – Consultant

Festival Team

Antoine Bancharel – Festival coordination
Catherine de Lotbinière – Opening Night Reception
Mireille Ferrier – Ticketing
Sylvie Fortin – Focus on Canada
Sylvie Sergent – PR
Damien Teinturier – Development and Sponsors
Geraldine Trippitteli – Social Media
Farah Walczuk – Office Manager

Founding members

Catherine Lamairesse, Founder
Philippe Muyl, French Director (2005)
Coline Serreau, French Director (2005)
Pascal Thomas, French Director (2006)


Focus on French Cinema is placed under the patronage of:
– His Excellency the Ambassador of France to the United States, M. Gérard Araud
– His Excellency the Ambassador of Francophonie to the U.N., M. Paul-Robert Tiendrébéogo
– The Consul General of France in New York, M. Bertrand Lortholary
– The Cultural Counselor of the French Embassy, Mme Bénédicte de Montlaur
– The Délégation Générale du Québec in Boston, M. Philippe Duguay
– The Swiss Consulate in New York
– UNIFRANCE Executive Director, Mme Isabelle Giordano

Our Partners & Sponsors

A special thanks to our founding partner the Alliance Française of Greenwhich and our precious longtime partners: French Institute Alliance Française (fi:af), Le Festival du Film Francophone d’Angoulême, SUNY Purchase College, NY, UniFrance, and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy.  Their support enables us to present ‘Le Septième Art’ as a platform for discussion, debate and discovery of the French-speaking world.

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Focus on French Cinema
299 Greenwich Avenue
Greenwich, CT 06830