Watch the best of new French cinema at home!
Here is your first piece of good news in 2021! From January 15 through February 15, 33 new French films, never released before in the US, will be available online with English subtitles via MyFrenchFilmFestival. Get your couch and popcorn ready!
There's never been a better time to take advantage of UniFrance's MyFrenchFilmFestival. The online festival will showcase 33 feature films and shorts selected to reflect the diversity and vitality of French-language cinema.
The festival aims to shine a spotlight on new generation French-language filmmakers and to give internet users across the globe the chance to share their enthusiasm for French cinema.
How to watch the films
Online: On the MyFrenchFilmFestival.com platform in all countries. Some or all of the program will also be available on the following platforms: TV5MONDE Cinema on Demand, FilmMovement+, Amazon Prime Video, Hoopla, Kanopy, Vudu, iN DEMAND, Apple TV, Google Play, Mubi, Facebook, YouTube, DailyMotion, Digiteka, Omeleto.
All of the short films are free of charge in all countries. Every year, the festival offers free viewing in certain countries. This year, films will be free of charge in the following countries and regions: Latin America, Russia, Poland, Romania, Africa and South Korea.
For other countries:
- Viewing fee for one feature film: $1.99
- Festival Pack: $7.99 for access to all available films
Forever Young – Coming-of-age stories about young people and the transition from adolescence to adulthood:
- Adolescentes by Sébastien Lifshitz
- You Deserve a Lover by Hafsia Herzi
- Intermission by Anthony Lemaitre
- First Goodbyes by Mathilde Profit
Crazy Loving Families – Moments of humor, tenderness, and complicated family situations:
- Enormous by Sophie Letourneur
- Felicità by Bruno Merle
- Just Kidsby Christophe Blanc
- Nuclear Family by Faustine Crespy (a Belgian film presented in partnership with Wallonie-Bruxelles Images (WBI))
- Sole Mio by Maxime Roy
True Heroines – Through heartrending, explosive, and unique portraits, this section celebrates female figures – women and girls who take full control of their destiny:
- Camille by Boris Lojkine
- Kuessipanby Myriam Verreault (a Canadian film presented in partnership with Telefilm Canada)
- Working Girls by Frédéric Fonteyne and Anne Paulicevich (a Belgian film presented in partnership with Wallonie-Bruxelles Images (WBI))
- Blue Fear by Marie Jacotey and Lola Halifa-Legrand
- Not a Word by Élodie Wallace
French Ghost Stories offers a panorama of ghostly tales à la française:
- Orpheus by Jean Cocteau
- Burning Ghost by Stéphane Batut
- Empty Places by Geoffroy de Crécy
- Life of the Dead by Arnaud Desplechin
On the Road evokes the migration of women and men portrayed in the cinema, as they flee international conflicts:
- Heroes Don't Die by Aude Léa Rapin
- Josep by Aurel
- Mutts by Halima Ouardiri (a Canadian film presented in partnership with Telefilm Canada)
In the Love is Love section, you will discover a documentary and three short films that question love in all its shapes and forms:
- Madame by Stéphane Riethauser
- Beauty Boys by Florent Gouëlou
- Friend of a Friend by Zachary Zezima
- Miss Chazelles by Thomas Vernay
With Kids Corner, you can share your love of French cinema with your youngest friends and family members in this program of animated shorts with no dialogue for young audiences:
- Dalia's World by Javier Navarro Avilés
- The Kindergarten Show by Loïc Bruyère
- Maestro by Illogic
- o28 by Otalia Caussé, Geoffroy Collin, Louise Grardel, Antoine Marchand, Robin Merle, and Fabien Meyran
- A Lynx in the Town by Nina Bisiarina
New Horizons invites you to discover new forms of images, new models of artistic creation and innovation in current French cinema:
The 2021 International Jury:
- Monia Chokri: Canadian actress, screenwriter, and director Monia Chokri began her movie career in 2007 acting under the direction of Denys Arcand. She went on to play in films by Xavier Dolan, Claire Simon, Morgan Simon, and Katell Quillévéré. Her debut feature, A Brother's Love, won the Coup de Cœur award in the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes in 2019.
- Franco Lolli: Colombian director, screenwriter, and producer Franco Lolli premiered his first feature film, Gente de bien, at Critics' Week at Cannes in 2014. Four years later, his second feature, Litigant (released in France as Litigante), was screened as opening film at the 58th edition of the Cannes Critics' Week.
- Mounia Meddour: Franco-Algerian director Mounia Meddour made several documentaries before writing and directing her first feature-length fiction film, Papicha. An ode to freedom and women's resistance in Algeria during the dark decade of the Algerian Civil War, the film was presented at Un Certain Regard in 2019.
- Gianfranco Rosi: Italian documentary filmmaker Gianfranco Rosi was awarded the Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2016 for Fuocoammare, which was also nominated for an Oscar in the Best Documentary Feature category. His latest film, Notturno, was presented at Venice in 2020 and will represent Italy at the 2021 Oscars in the International Feature Film category.
- Rosalie Varda: A creator of costumes for the cinema, theater, and opera, Rosalie Varda has directed since 2008 Ciné-Tamaris, which distributes films by Agnès Varda and Jacques Demy. She produced Faces, Places by Agnès Varda and JR (nominated for César and Oscar awards) and Agnès Varda's final film, Varda by Agnès, presented at the Berlin Film Festival in 2019.