Thursday, 19 July 2007

French Short Film Festival

The Alliance Française d’Ahmedabad, in concert with the Film Club, brings you a six-day package of short films, from the 20th to 25th of July '07. The venue is, as always, the Auditorium. The timing each day will be 7:00 p.m. Francophiles rejoice! The rest of us can look forward to a real treat. See you all there, and be careful to grab your seats well in advance - these screenings typically pack the Audi.

A reproduction of the mandate we received:

As part of its policy of promoting French cinema around the world, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has regularly proposed programmes of short films.

In 2006, it wished to bring together three of the main actors in the area of support and promotion for short films – the Agence du Court Métrage, the Clermont Ferrand International Short Film Festival and UniFrance in order to offer a selection of forty or so recent short films (made in 2004 or 2005).

The richness and diversity of production in terms of both form and subject, revelatory as it is of the vitality of cinematographic creativity in France, have at times made selection extremely difficult, and led us to define four main focuses:
-Young audiences: the "Playground Shorts" programme
-The weird and fantastic: the "Strange Shorts" programme
-The feminine: the "Elles" programme
-A selection from the 2006 Clermont Ferrand Festival: the "Clermont-Ferrand 2006" programme
-"World Shorts" programme; collected short films from around the world

In addition, we wanted a fifth focus for our selection to illustrate the second priority of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs where cinema is concerned -the promotion of films from the South: this is the "World Shorts" programme.

We wish you a happy "Voyages en courts" journey into the world of short films!

The Subdirectorate for French Language Promotion has partnered this operation in order to offer two programmes to teachers of French as a foreign language: the first is intended for pupils from age 7 learning French, "Playground Shorts", and the second is for a teenage audience, "Strange Shorts". This special film selection has been arrived at with the help of CAVILAM and will be accompanied by a teacher's booklet supplemented by information on ways of reading the screen image provided in conjunction with the French Agence du court métrage.

Nothing would give us greater pleasure than for teachers and students to enjoy discovering these short films in the classroom and then watching them on the big screen!

This programme is available on NTSC DVD all zones.

English, Spanish, Brazilian and French subtitles.

Chintan Pandya
Administrator / Cultural Coordinator Alliance Française d' Ahmedabad
Opp. Gujarat College, Shahid Vir Kinariwala Marg, Ellisbridge, Ahmedabad -380 006 Ph: 2656 0271, 2640 1551

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