"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.

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.  

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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  • November 1 @ 6pm - Denial (Short film)
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    November 1 @  6pm -  Denial (Short film)

    Sara won’t stop calling a man who won’t pick up the phone.


    OR IN PERSON Alliance française de Toronto (24 Spadina Rd, Toronto) from 10am to 4pm from Monday to Friday

    Written on Monday, 26 September 2016 21:34 in English Programme Read 1583 times
  • October 30 @ 6pm - Rencontre (Short film)
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    October 30 @  6pm -  Rencontre (Short film)

    A young French tourist, who is travelling by himself in North America, meets a homeless girl from Québec in Toronto.

    Written on Monday, 26 September 2016 21:17 in English Programme Read 1695 times
  • October 28 @ 6pm - I Kissed a Girl
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    October 28  @ 6pm - I Kissed a Girl

    Jérémie, 34, wakes up in an apartment he doesn't know, next to a woman he doesn't know. She is Adna, a stunning Swedish woman who is as funny as she is sweet. Is this the beginning of a fairy tale? Not quite, since Jérémie is about to get married… to Antoine.

    The excellent comedy by Noémie Saglio and Maxime Govare I Kissed a Girl wins the Grand Prix [at the Alpe d’Huez Comedy Film Festival in 2015). A rom-com of a reverse coming-out of a gay man who falls in love with a woman just when he is about to get married with the man of his life. Pio Marmaï, who plays the main character, is awarded best actor.

    Translated from an article written by Jean-Christian Hay


    OR IN PERSON Alliance française de Toronto (24 Spadina Rd, Toronto) from 10am to 4pm from Monday to Friday

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    Written on Monday, 26 September 2016 02:26 in English Programme Read 2173 times
  • October 29 @ 1pm - Saint Amour
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    October 29 @ 1pm - Saint Amour

    Every year, Bruno, a disheartened cattle breeder, attends the Paris Agricultural Show. This year, his father Jean joins him: he wants to finally win the competition with their bull Nebuchadnezzar and convince Bruno to take over the family farm. Every year, Bruno makes a tour of all the wine stands, without setting foot outside the Show’s premises and without ever finishing his wine trail. This year, His father suggests they finish it together, but a real wine trail, across the French countryside. Accompanied by Mike, a young, quirky taxi driver, they set off in the direction of France’s major wine regions. Their wine tour is a highly risky venture, combining fine vintages and women encountered along the way.

    Kervern and Delépine’s highly-accomplished, multi-layered, surreal comedy Saint Amour should go some way to restoring Gérard Depardieu as one of France’s greatest actors. This off-beat road movie has humour, pathos and oodles of improbable sex, set against the beautiful backdrop of France’s wine-growing regions. But it’s not all played for laughs. Underneath the male bonding, Kervern and Delépine have highlighted the real threat to France’s agricultural industry from the younger generation’s reluctance to choose farming as a career. This adds context to what is an undeniably clever, beautifully paced film – the seventh collaboration for this directing pair.

    Judith Prescott (frenchcinemareview.com)


    OR IN PERSON Alliance française de Toronto (24 Spadina Rd, Toronto) from 10am to 4pm from Monday to Friday



    Written on Monday, 26 September 2016 02:01 in English Programme Read 2178 times
  • October 27 @ 6:30pm - Back to Mom's
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    October 27 @ 6:30pm - Back to Mom's

    Would you like to return home and live with your parents? Forty-year-old Stéphanie is compelled to return home to live with her mother. She is welcomed with open arms: she can enjoy the over-heated apartment, Francis Cabrel stuck on replay, furious games of Scrabble and precious maternal advice on how to sit at the table and how to live her life. Both women must exercise infinite patience to cope with this new situation. And when the rest of the clan turns up for dinner, settling of scores and family secrets follow on one from the other in a most joyful way. Welcome to a highly risky world: the family!

    Though Flamand, Lefebvre and especially Commandeur (from Lavaine’s Barbecue) are also solid, the film’s heart belongs to the female protagonists, with Balasko (The Hedgehog) a reliably warm and sunny presence as a woman who has decided that there’s more to life than kids, even if they’re moving back in forty years after making them.

    (Hollywood Reporter, Boyd Van Hoeij)

    This film is a comedy, a hallmark of your directing style, but it is also a family drama that addresses important personal issues. The comedy is highly biting and derives primarily from the situations created.

    (Variety, Martin Dale – Interview of Eric Lavaine)



    Alliance française de Toronto (24 Spadina Rd, Toronto) from 10am to 4pm from Monday to Friday

    Written on Monday, 26 September 2016 01:49 in English Programme Read 2322 times