The Focus on French Cinema educational initiative offers students of all ages the opportunity to connect to French and Francophone cultures. Multiple screenings are scheduled in partnership with Middle Schools, High Schools and local Universities throughout the NY/CT tri-state area.
In 2015 and 2016, 1,000+ students participated in the festival.

Contact us to organize a screening in your school.

In 2017


Students of Choate Rosemary School will watch SWAGGER by Olivier Babinet. The master class with Director Olivier Babinet will take place the following day.

Among the films available for student screenings

Planet Ocean
(FFC 2014)

(Yann Arthus-Bertrand)

The Alliance Française of Greenwich, CT also has a great selection of DVDs (from France and French-speaking countries, with English subtitles), one of the very best tools to learn the French language and culture.  Learn More

Past screenings

During FFC 2016:

Special Middle and High School Screening of Tomorrow (Demain) for the “Become a Film Critic” Contest.

Master Class at Yale University with Alix Delaporte, director of The Last Hammer Blow (Le Dernier coup de marteau)

Screening of “Day for Night” (La Nuit Americaine) at the French-American School of New York (FASNY) before the workshop with Nathalie Baye & Dominique Besnehard.

“Day for Night” by François Truffaut -starring Nathalie Baye- won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1974.

During FFC 2015:

Screening of May Allah Bless France (Qu’Allah bénisse la France) at The French Institute Alliance Française (fi:af)’s “Young Audience“ program, with Abd Al Malik in attendance.

Special High School Screening of Once in a Lifetime (Les Héritiers) for the “Become a Film Critic” Contest.

The Cesar winning documentary On the Way to School (Sur le chemin de l’école) was screened in various public and private schools in the NY tri-state area. This film was a US Premiere in Greenwich at FFC 2014.

Yale University in partnership with the Yale African Student Association organized a post festival screening of Under the Starry Sky (Des Etoiles) and Un Conte de la Goutte d’or with director Diana Gaye on hand for a post screening discussion.

Thank you to the following Schools & Universities


Other Middle Schools and High Schools, which attended Focus On French Cinema in 2016: Brunswick School – Chappaqua High School – Eastern Middle School – Greenwich Academy – Katonah High School – Port Chester High School – Rye High School – Stamford High School

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