Founded in 1997 by Marcelle Lean, Cinéfranco's main goal is “to celebrate and promote French language cinema in Ontario.” Here, attendees enjoy films that are not distributed in Toronto cinemas. This not only continues to enrich Ontario's filmic culture but, year after year, lends a voice to Francophone communities in Toronto, in Ontario and in the outside borders of Quebec.
This year, along with screenings from France, Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg, Morocco and Portugal there will be 14 North American premieres and 7 English Canadian premieres. Over the course of 10 days, 25 feature films and 14 shorts will be shown. Choose from old favourites or never-before-seen films that range from hilarious comedies to social dramas, documentaries and chilling thrillers. All films are screened in their original language with English subtitles.
The theme of this year's Cinéfranco is the struggle against racism, interolerance and inequality, all ideas that are poetically weaved throughout the films and meant to encourage dialogue and thought.
Don't miss the free special screening on Wednesday, March 26th, of the Francophone Short Films from Canada at the Carlton Cinema. On Saturday, March 29th, there will be a short film program showing works from young Quebecois and French filmmakers. Both are sponsored by FRIC and Le Labo and will be followed by a Q&A session with the directors. See the Cinéfranco (hyperlink) website to download the full schedule of films and events.
General Admission $12, Students and Seniors $10, Festival Pass $99
Tickets can be bought for same-day screenings at:
The Royal, 608 College Street, Toronto (Everyday from March 28 to April 6)
Advance tickets can be bought at:
T.O. TIX, 1 Dundas Street East, Yonge-Dundas Square (Tuesday to Saturday, 12:00pm to 6:30pm)
Buy tickets online at the Cinefranco website (www.cinefranco.com) or T.O. Tix (www.totix.ca).Enjoy the show!