Discover Special Events at the Festival


Aside from presenting a captivating selection of 37 films representing the best of contemporary French cinema, this year's Festival is equally proud to present a standout programme of special events.

These include beautiful reception events complete with live music, champagne or nibbles, followed by a screening of one of the Festival's must-see films. In addition to our usual opening and closing night celebrations, explore the different themed evenings catered for audience members looking to unwind with friends (Ladies Night), immerse themselves in nature without leaving the city (Escape to the Country), celebrate la Francophonie (Showcase on Canada), or indulge their love of French cuisine (Taste of France).



OPENING NIGHT SOIRÉE : EIFFEL
Tuesday 2 March

Join us for a 2-hour pre-screening soirée at the University of Notre Dame, Chippendale, with French canapés, delicacies and drinks. The cocktail party will be followed by a screening of Eiffel, which follows the inspiration and construction of one of France’s most iconic structures.

Soirée includes drinks, French canapés and delicacies, goodie bags and live entertainment.

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OPENING NIGHT RECEPTION : EIFFEL
Tuesday 2 March

Opening this year’s festival is Eiffel, centred around the engineering genius to whom the wrought-iron lattice tower is named after, and his powerful love story with the magnetic Emma Mackey. Expect to be swept away by the passion and brilliance of this stunning film!

Reception including a glass of champagne and live entertainment.

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LADIES NIGHT : PERFUMES
Tuesday 9 March

Ladies, this is the night for you! This quintessentially French comedy pairs sad-sack divorced dad Guillaume (Call My Agent!’s charming Grégory Montel) with egotistic but highly talented perfumer Anne Walberg (Emmanuelle Devos) in a classic odd-couple story.

Reception includes drinks and nibbles upon arrival.

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ESCAPE TO THE COUNTRY : ANTOINETTE IN THE CÉVENNES
Tuesday 16 March

Attendees will find themselves whisked from their cinema seats to the stunning country landscapes of Antoinette in the Cévennes. The delightful Laure Calamy (Call My Agent!) and her scene-stealing co-star, Patrick the donkey, captivate audiences in this highly amusing film.

Reception includes drinks and nibbles upon arrival.

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TASTE OF FRANCE : DELICIOUS
Wednesday 17 March

The mouth-watering new film from director extraordinaire Éric Besnard is sure to delight, as it depicts France’s enduring love affair with gastronomy. In partnership with with iconic French food preparation brand Magimix, we are proud to present this splendid 18th century comedy, a wildly enjoyable tale of reignited passion, mentorship and revenge.

Reception includes drinks and nibbles upon arrival.

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SHOWCASE ON CANADA : ALINE 
Tuesday 23 March

In partnership with Canada, we are terribly excited to present Aline! Inspired by the extraordinary life of singing sensation Céline Dion, Aline is the story of a teenager from Quebec whose powerful voice propels her onto the world stage to become the darling of millions.

Reception includes drinks and nibbles upon arrival.

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CLOSING NIGHT RECEPTION : #IAMHERE
Wednesday 31 March

Celebrate the end of another brilliant season of French cinema with our Closing Night Soiree! From the director of worldwide smash hit The Bélier Family comes #Iamhere, an endearing culture-clash comedy about a French chef seeking love and inspiration on the other side of the world. 

Reception includes drinks and live entertainment.

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