Cinéfranco is Toronto’s festival of films in the French language. The 14th annual festival takes place for the very first time at the TIFF Bell Lightbox (with additional screenings at the NFB Mediatheque) from March 25th through April 3rd, featuring films from all over the French-speaking world, with selections from France, Canada (Québec, Ontario, and New Brunswick), Algeria, Morocco, Belgium, and Switzerland. All films are subtitled in English, and tickets are available at the cinema for $12 each.
This year’s festival will screen 27 features, 7 documentaries and 10 shorts. There will also be a series of debates on various topics, and a master class with Moroccan filmmaker Driss Chouika. I’ve been a big fan of this well-run festival for the past several years and it definitely gives you a sense of the breadth of francophone cinema. Watch for some reviews in the weeks to come and definitely check out the Cinéfranco site for the schedule and a description of the films.