Annecy, La Baule, La Rochelle, Brive, Nîmes …: eight film festivals to discover in June


While waiting for Cannes in July, it is possible to enjoy the 7th art right now, with many events held all over France.

After long months of doubts and uncertainties, the first summer film festivals will finally see the light of day. No need to wait for the Cannes Film Festival, from July 6 to 17, to take advantage of the novelties of the 7th art. Selection of eight festivals starting in the coming days across France.

Very short International Film Festival, 4 minutes flat

  • From June 4 to 13, mainly online and in Paris for the closing evening

For its 23rd edition, the festival of very, very short films – maximum four minutes – returns with a hybrid version, mainly online and simultaneously in the world, according to the Parisian. On the program, 160 films in the running which will be decided by spectators from fifty cities around the world. The films will compete against each other in several categories, such as “words of women“,”documentaries” or “48h environmental challenge“. A face-to-face evening will still be organized at the Les 7 Parnassiens cinema in Paris, to end the event in style. Free online screenings, more information on the website.

Plein La Bobine, meeting place for young moviegoers

  • From June 8 to 13 in Issoire and from June 12 to 18 in La Bourboule (Puy-de-Dôme)

The summer event dedicated to young cinephiles, created in 2002, returns for a 19th edition entitled “Full ears», Focused on the theme of sound in cinema. In hybrid form, this edition will offer for schools “either a traveling version or an online version“, Said the organizers in a statement. Screenings of short and feature films, exhibitions and activities will also be offered to the general public, from the age of 3. Reservation of screenings by email.

Annecy Animation Film Festival, Africa in the spotlight

  • From June 14 to 19 in Annecy (Haute-Savoie)

The Annecy Animation Film Festival will be there this year to celebrate its 60 years of existence, a special edition initially scheduled for 2020. Ten animated films will be presented in this event where Africa is at honor. And that the spectators be reassured, in spite of the installation of gauges, the greatest number will be able to benefit from the projections, since they will be retransmitted on line. Reservation on the site.

La Baule Film & Film Music Festival, marriage between two arts

  • From 23 to 27 June in La Baule (Loire-Atlantique)

Seventh edition for the La Baule Festival, which celebrates the marriage between music and cinema every year. Chaired by François Berléand, the jury will be composed of Alice Taglioni, Hugo Becker, Déborah François and the composer Matthieu Gonet (The Profs, Santa and Co). The event will pay tribute to the composer Philippe Sarde, who notably worked on Caesar and Rosalie or The Fey War. Festival-goers will also be able to enjoy previews, in particular that of Fathers profession with Benoît Poelvoorde, or Fantasies the Foenkinos brothers, with Nicolas Bedos, Monica Bellucci, Carole Bouquet, Jean-Paul Rouve or even Karin Viard. Reservations on the site.

La Rochelle Cinema Festival, between retrospectives and novelties

  • From June 25 to July 4 in La Rochelle (Charente-Maritime)

Created in 1973, the La Rochelle Festival continues to maintain “his refusal to competen ”, but instead offers a selection of around 200 films, between retrospectives, tributes and new favorites. There will be 35 films by directors presented in preview. Children are not neglected during this event either, since a specially dedicated program is offered to them, with many animated films as the key. Reservation on the site.

Brive Cinema Festival, medium-length specialization

  • From June 28 to July 3 in Brive-la-Gaillarde (Corrèze)

This is a format that is not common. Every year since 2004, the Brive Festival has offered a selection of neither feature nor short, but medium-length films, lasting 30 to 60 minutes. Postponed twice, the 18th edition will take place at the REX cinema like the other years, in three different theaters. 20 films were selected this year, coming from Europe, Asia or the United States. Movies “magnificent, true masterpieces“, Promised the organizers to France 3. Ticket sales on site.

A room under the stars, first edition in Nîmes

  • From June 28 to July 26 in Nîmes (Gard)

For this first edition, the Nîmes Film Festival has chosen the theme of escape, with the projection of several emblematic works of the 7th art in the open air, but also moments of conviviality around board games, concerts and shows. “The city supports this new annual meeting which gives the public the opportunity to connect with culture as a collective and living experience and to forge links by bringing together audiences from all walks of life. This event also allows to animate the Cloister of the Jesuits, an unusual and emblematic cultural place. »Explained Sophie Roulle, deputy delegate for Culture of the city in a press release. Reservations required online.

Series Series Festival, television in the spotlight at Fontainebleau

  • From June 30 to July 3 in Fontainebleau (Seine-et-Marne)

A little different from the others, since Séries Séries does not really put cinema in the spotlight but, as its name suggests, television series. An event created in 2021, which will take place over four days between the theater and the Château de Fontainebleau. On the program, screenings, case studies, master classes and meetings for “shaping the Europe of series and playing the role of incubator“. The program will be unveiled soon.

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