Arras Film Festival
The 15th Arras Film Festival will take place between 7 and 16 November 2014. Focusing in particular on European cinema, this international event will screen over 100 feature films attended by a wealth of guests. Almost 35,000 spectators are expected over this ten-day period, there to discover a rich selection of new releases, sneak previews and classics, all screened in a convivial and celebratory atmosphere. The spotlight will focus in particular on European cinema and its talents in the competition, reserved for non-national fiction features screened for the first time in France and without a distributor, and also in the Visions of the East and Discoveries section. In these sections, priority will be given to films from Northern and Eastern Europe. All the directors will be invited. The awarded will receive grants, in particular to promote their distribution on French territory. 23,000 Euros will be on offer. So it is that the Festival constitutes a must-attend for film professionals with unique and innovative initiatives such as ArrasDays which help European producers and directors to develop their future projects. 150 French and Belgian cinema operators will gather in Arras for three days, during which time they will have the opportunity to discover new films and meet the distributors. The 2014 edition will also offer 40 sneak previews in the presence of the film-making teams, tributes to the great names in cinema and two thematic retrospectives (The Great War on Screen, Italianamerican) in addition to a special programme for children. It will promote the creation of new audiences for cinema, in particular through its awareness-raising, education and training activities. Fifty or so round tables, masterclasses and debates will accompany the screenings, together with introductory workshops on cinema techniques. The event will be extended across ten towns thanks to the Festival Off outreach programme which will offer sneak previews of works by European filmmakers.