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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  • 2015 Festival : Thank You !
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    Cinéfranco 2015, for its 18th year, has been blessed with love and care by loyal, passionate audiences, true lovers of Francophone cinema.

    What good fortune to be able to communicate one’s emotions, one’s ideas with each other and exchange personal stories triggered by films! …
    Cinéfranco guests enriched our universe with their own stories and their vision of the world they expressed with panache for some, with humor and grace for others and always with stunning passion.
    The volunteers gave us one of the most beautiful gifts there is: their time, their smile and their willingness to take a loving care of all of us. I salute your good heart!
    To Cinéfranco team made up of our front line warriors, Audrey and Marc, as well as of our hidden unrelenting workers (Yvette, Emilie, Mary Ellen, members of Cinéfranco Board), I owe you an eternal gratitude. You fought like lions to make Cinéfranco 2015 a real success!

     The Bloor Hot Docs Cinema staff has been so welcoming, warm and efficient! Thank you for allowing us to live such a great experience with you!
    I am forever grateful to all: those who helped us in all kinds of ways, those who came against all odds to watch one, two or many films that put stars in their eyes and throbbing emotions in their hearts…
    I loved chatting with members of the audience about their ideas, the enthusiasm our program of films inspired.
    I am lacking words to express the depth of my sincere joy, pleasure and happiness to have been able to see you again for some, to meet you, to talk to you, to hear you speak and to share my passion for cinema.
    One of my dearest dreams is to have the good fortune to continue with you to revel in the diverse beauty and riches of Francophone cinema!

    Thank you from the bottom of my heart !

    Marcelle Lean

    Founder, Executive & Artistic Director

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Written on Tuesday, 21 April 2015 12:33 in English Programme Be the first to comment! Read 624 times
  • Sunday April 12 @ 6:30pm - Inch'Allah
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    Sunday April 12 @ 6:30pm - Inch'Allah

    Chloe is a young Canadian obstetrician working in a makeshift clinic in a Palestinian refugee camp in the West Bank, where she treats pregnant women under the supervision of Michael, a French doctor. Facing daily checkpoints and the separation barrier, Chloe is confronted with the conflict and the people it affects: Rand , a patient for whom Chloe develops a deep affection; Faysal, Rand's older brother, a fervent resister; Safi, their younger brother, a child shattered by war who dreams of flying across borders; and Ava, a young soldier who lives next door to Chloe in her apartment in Israel.

    Her encounter with the war draws Chloe into an adventure that's both deeply personal and as large as the land. She loses her bearings, is uprooted, and goes into freefall. There are trips that shake us and transform us. There are trips that shatter all of our certainties. For Chloe, INCH'ALLAH is such a trip.(c) eOne

     

     

     

     

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    ***Due to completely unforeseen circumstances, Cinefranco will be screening the film "Inch'Allah" in place of previously-scheduled "Once in a Lifetime".Refunds or exchanges will be issued for anyone who has pre-purchased their ticket, if they do not wish to attend “Inch’Allah”. All purchased tickets will be honoured for this film. For any questions or exchange/refunds requests, please email : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

     

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    Written on Saturday, 11 April 2015 21:39 in English Programme
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  • Thursday April 16 @ 6:00pm - Independent Films from Canada
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    FRAMES

    Canada, 4 min 12 sec

    By Emmanuel Albano

    Silent

     

     

     


    NE T'INQUIÈTE PAS

    Canada, 5 min 42 sec 

    By Frédérique Rémy

     

     

     

     


    LE CHAR DE GREG

    Canada, 6 min 22 sec

    By Frédérique Rémy

     

     

     

     


    MIXING TORONTO - SUMMER 2014

    Canada, 15 min 48 sec

    By Spring Collective

    Silent

     

     

     


    GUILDA, ELLE EST BIEN DANS MA PEAU

    Canada, 52 min

    By Julien Cadieux

     

     

     

     

     

    Event held at the Alliance Française de Toronto - 24 Spadina Road, Toronto.

    FREE SCREENING (85min) - FOLLOWED BY A ROUND TABLE WITH THE DIRECTORS (35min)

     

    IN PARTNERSHIP WITH: 

         

    Written on Tuesday, 03 March 2015 20:25 in English Programme
    Tags: canada quebec
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  • 2015 Festival : THE GUESTS
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    PATRICK AUBERT

    Canada

    Director

    Patrick Aubert has already directed 12 shorts; among them, Robert & La Rousse (2010) and Jacqueline Ultimatum (2011) have been noticeably featured and prized in many festivals. His work also includes more than fifty voice demos for actors, a music video and a web-series episode.

     

    SATURDAY APRIL 18, 11:00AM: Pepper

     

     

     

     


    PATRICK BOSSÉ

    Canada

    Director, scriptwriter

    Patrick Bossé has a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Université du Québec à Montréal along with a master’s in Film Studies from Concordia University. Borrowing from both fiction and documentary, Anatomy is Bossé’s latest film, produced by Microclimat Films and co-produced with the NFB.

     

    SATURDAY APRIL 18, 11:00AM: Anatomy

     

     

     

     


    BRICE CAUVIN

    France

    Actor, director, scriptwriter

    First a scriptwriter, then a director’s assistant, B.Cauvin became a director in 2005 with the multi-awarded film Hotel Harabati - awarded by the American magazine Variety and listed as one of the 10 best films of the year by Sight & Sound-. His second feature film The Easy Way Out, an adaptation of Stephen McCauley’s novel is already featured in many festivals’ selections (La Réunion, Istanbul, San Fransisco, Moscou, Kiev, etc).

     

    SUNDAY APRIL 19, 6:30PM: The Easy Way Out

     

     

     


    CHRISTINE BEAULIEU

    Canada

    Actress

    Christine Beaulieu is an actress, known for Mesrine Part 1: Killer Instinct (2008), Parachute (2012) and La mise à l'aveugle (2012).

     

     

    SATURDAY APRIL 18, 8:00PM: Ceci n’est pas un polar

     

     

     

     


    SOPHIE B.JACQUES

    Canada

    Director

    During her film studies, Sophie B.Jacques shoots Propre, Le trou Normand and La Trappe. She then takes off to Brussels to shoot her first documentary Dimanche, nous verrons … In 2013, she makes Chaloupe, winner of the Best Screenplay Award during the SPASM festival. In 2014, she creates with Ariane Carrier-Cliche the platform « Le mois de Mai » where they share their work and creativity. Sophie is now preparing her first feature film, Pyjama.

     

    SATURDAY APRIL 18, 11:00AM: Chaloupe

     

     

     


    MARIE-ÈVE JUSTE

    Canada

    Director

    In 2010, Marie-Ève Juste co-directed her first short, Canicule, and followed it up with a second short, With Jeff (2012), selected for the Directors' Fortnight parallel showcase at Cannes. The Sands, her third film, was presented at TIFF 2014.

     

    SATURDAY APRIL 18, 11:00AM: The Sands

     

     

     

     


    MICHELINE LANCTÔT

    Canada

    Actress, director, scriptwriter

    M.Lanctôt is a world-renowned award-winning filmmaker known for her fascinating examinations of social chaos. Lanctôt began her acting career in 1972, winning a Genie award for best female performance for her role in La vraie nature de Bernadette.Today she also plays in cinema and television, teaches acting at Concordia University and pursues her live-action film directing career. In 2014, she was awarded the prestigious Jutra Lifetime Achievement Award. 

     

    WEDNESDAY APRIL 15, 6:00PM: Autrui

     

     

     


    STÉPHANE LAPOINTE

    Canada

    Director

    Stéphane Lapointe has an impressive career as a humoristic writer, a TV show director-designer, and as a writer for Just For Laughs Festival. In 2000, he started film directing and saw his hard work recognized in 2006 as he won the Claude Jutra Award for his debut film La Vie secrète des gens heureux.

     

    FRIDAY APRIL 17, 9:00PM: The Masters of Suspense

     

     

     

     


    IVY YUKIKO ISHIHARA OLDFORD

    Canada

    Director

    Born of a Japanese mother and a Canadian father, Ivy Y. grew up in Toronto. After graduating from cinema studies, she worked for the NFB and the Canadian Film Center. During her training at INIS, she directed two shorts - The Olive Tree and Fair Game. Fair Game has been praised across various festivals and has been awarded the Best Fiction Prize at the 2015 Student Film Festival of Quebec. 

     

    SATURDAY APRIL 18, 11:00AM: Fair Game

     

     

     

     


    GUILLAUME LAURIN

    Canada

    Actor, Producer

    Guillaume Laurin is an actor and producer, known for Ceci n'est pas un polar (2014), Le cycle des moteurs (2013) and Laisse don'faire (2011).

     

    SATURDAY APRIL 18, 8:00PM: Ceci n’est pas un polar

     

     

    Written on Sunday, 01 March 2015 15:38 in English Programme Be the first to comment! Read 2131 times
  • Saturday April 18 @ 11:00am - Short Films
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    ANATOMY

    Canada, 8 min 37 sec

    DIRECTOR PATRICK BOSSÉ IN ATTENDANCE

    A white room. The aging bodies of actors Gilles Pelletier and Françoise Graton testify to a love that has triumphed over time, and engage in a captivating dialogue of desire, defying inertia, old age and death. This short film is a starkly pure evocation of the senses.

     

     

     


    PEPPER

    Canada, 7 min 15 sec 

    DIRECTOR PATRICK AUBERT IN ATTENDANCE

    In an attempt to spice up their relationship, two women invite a third into their bed for the night … but awakening is painful for these two dazed lovers. Feelings of malaise, vulnerability and jealousy entwine as Patrick Aubert invites us to test the boundaries and the conventions of life as a couple.

     

     

     


    FAIR GAME

    Canada, 13 min

    DIRECTOR IVY YUKIKO ISHIHARA OLDFORD IN ATTENDANCE

    Alice and Ève, two best friends, are spending their annual hunting trip in a secluded cabin deep in the woods. But this time, something is off and the air becomes electric. Alice pushes her friend to come clean with her true feelings. Will their friendship resist these revelations?

     

     

     


    THE UNTAMED KIDS

    Canada, 13 min

    By: Renaud Lessard

    Indian Summer. Canned food, cigarettes, a canoe and the river that carries Max and Ariane away. Having escaped from the city, they really know nothing about each other, but share a project. It may be a good time to embark on something new.

     

     

     


    CHALOUPE

    Canada, 12 min 40 sec

    DIRECTOR SOPHIE B. JACQUES IN ATTENDANCE

    On one side, a seemingly endless empty field. On the other, a blackened lake extends into the distance. And in-between, just a small tent, a campfire and a car; the only way out. If only François knew how to drive…

     

     

     


    A FRENCH CANADIAN GIRL

    Canada, 6 min 09 sec

    By: Charles Grenier 

    When Thomas Stein, a Francophile from Toronto, meets Jeanne, a hung-over Montréalaise, at a laundromat, it is love at first sight - at least for Thomas! Filtered through the man’s overeager and quirky imagination, they embark on a romantic escapade to find the person who stole Jeanne’s bed sheets. Delectably sweet and hilarious at the same time.

     

     

     


    THE SANDS

    Canada, 21 min 43 sec

    DIRECTOR MARIE-ÈVE JUSTE IN ATTENDANCE

    A group of friends spend the weekend in a remote cabin in the woods. One of them brings her young, black boyfriend, leading to forbidden games and revealing the prejudices lurking in a so-called progressive society. A beautiful and deeply disturbing film.

     

     

    FREE SCREENING (85min) - FOLLOWED BY A ROUND TABLE WITH THE DIRECTORS (35min)

     

    IN PARTNERSHIP WITH: 

    Written on Saturday, 28 February 2015 21:25 in English Programme
    Tags: quebec canada
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