Champ-Élysées Film Festival
You’ve probably guessed why we’ve started with this festival. What better way to top a film event list in Paris than by a festival named after the most iconic street in the city, known all over Europe and the whole world. Uniquely, the festival is only open to submissions coming only from French and American artists.
When: June 7 – 14, 2016.
Paris Art and Movie Awards
The Paris Art and Movie Awards, or PAMA, is an international film festival that goes hand in hand with an awards ceremony. This festival is a newbie to French film scene – its first edition was held in 2015 – but it’s still worth a visit as it welcomes filmmakers from all over the world. What’s more is its attractive location in Saint-Germain-Dès-Près, the historical and intellectual heart of the city.
When: September 23 – 25, 2016.
Paris Independent Film Festival
This festival is also open to submissions from filmmakers from the whole world and it is specifically focused on low budget productions, so if you are interested in discovering new talents in the cinema industry this is the place. The festival, also called Paris Indie Festival, is held at the Reflet Médicis cinema, and the cinema itself is worth a visit.
When: November 30 – December 4, 2016.
The European Independent Film Festival
The European Independent Film Festival, also known as ÉCU, is already an established film festival in Europe and the whole world and its 11th edition in 2016 will be hosted in Paris. The festival is open to submissions from independent filmmakers from around the world, and provides a unique platform for risk-taking storytellers to reach the broadest audiences possible. There are 14 categories, with 7 open to non-European submissions, and 25 awards.
When: April 8 – 10, 2016.
Urban Films Festival
The Urban Films Festival is the first film festival devoted to the city, and to all practices and ways of life that come from it. The goal is to go against the stereotypes usually used in regards to urban culture and to find new talent. The festival has managed, over 9 years, to broadcast hundreds of unreleased films and reasserted itself as a reference in the international film scene. Interested in getting out of the mainstream events? Fan of the seventh art? Say no more.
When: May 27 – 29, 2016.
Cinéma Du Réel
It’s all in the name: with a play on words between real and film reel, this event is an international festival of documentary films. It was created in 1975 by Jacques Willemont and was then called L’Homme regarde l’homme (‘Man looks at man’). It has since become a notable documentary film reference in the French and international film scene. The festival takes place in a few different locations, the most important being the Centre Georges Pompidou.
When: March 18 – 27, 2016.
Last, but most definitely not least, the César du Cinéma awards. This event could be easily be seen as the French Oscars ceremony. Sadly, the 2016 edition already took place on February 26th, but still deserves on honorable mention in our list. Initiated in 1976, the César awards are the most important prize contest in France. This year, the winner of the Best Film award went to Fatima by director Philippe Faucon.