On a full road show through Australia from early next month to the third week of April, the Alliance Francaise (French Film Festival) will kick off this outstanding event on the 3rd of March. No worries if you’re not visiting Sydney at the starting point as it’ll be running through to the 22nd. If you’re a huge French movie fan and want to follow the tour, it’ll be hitting Melbourne, Adelaide, Canberra, Brisbane, Perth, Byron Bay and ending in Hobart.
This is an incredibly popular event for Aussies and the national numbers have rapidly from over 133,000 attendees, over the past 2 years including 40,000+ in Sydney. It’s not only the biggest foreign film festival in Australia; it’s actually the largest celebration of their national movies outside of France.
2015 will be the 25th anniversary so expect to see some additional big screen wows from over 40 new features and documentaries. The tickets are available online and also at the host cinemas, namely Palace Verona, Palace Norton Street, Chauvel Cinema and the Hayden Orpheum Cremorne.
Opening with the Gala (naturally) with cocktails at 6pm and the screening at Palace Verona at 8pm of Gemma Bovery, tickets range from $60 (members) to $80 (non members). The price includes canapés, drinks, a cocktail and post movie live entertainment. On the 22nd, Paris Je T’aime will be the closing film featuring the incredible Juliette Binoche, alongside Gerard Depardieu, Natalie Portman, Bob Hoskins and Steve Buscemi. Surprisingly, this wow of a movie including a glass of bubbly and post film live entertainment only costs $27 (members) and $33 (non members).
Some of the other highlighted movies during the festival include a red carpet experience, casino prize events, cheese tasting and featured talks. If you’re on a super tight budget, we suggest you opt to see Le Rendez-Vous running from the 4th to 21st March, simply because tickets are free!
For anyone who is craving to learn French first hand, click this link to enter for the French Film Festival prize – a trip to France. It’s all inclusive with a Club Med holiday in the stunning French Alps and you can try your nouvelle cuisine at a cooking workshop.
Since the Hayden Orpheum is just a 7 minute car drive or 30 minute walk from an affordable boutique Sydney hotel, after watching the Festival movies, just mosey on back to Cremorne Point Manor overlooking the Harbour and downtown skyline. It’s not a film up for an award but if you check our website home page, our tour video is enough to give you creative inspiration. Where’s that popcorn?