Promoting French Cinema
Ciné Lumière highlights the rich production and history of French cinema with a programme featuring classics and new releases, exclusive releases of popular films that have not found a distributor in the UK, curated series and retrospectives and film festivals, all year long.
Our series and retrospectives, often introduced by a film scholar, allow audiences to get an increased insight of the complex and multi-layered history of French and Francophone cinema.
Ciné Lumière is also the main partner of the French Film Festival that takes place in 30 cinemas across the UK in November and December, offering a broad panorama of recent film production and of classic film restoration.
Often working in collaboration with British partners, we show over 500 films a year, over 2,000 screenings, feature more than 100 on-stage discussions, and welcome more than 50,000 patrons.
Ciné Lumière has also established itself as a showcase for world cinema, particularly through the vast array of festivals it collaborates with, 19 festivals in total, highlighting the vitality of French co-productions and attracting international audiences.
Beyond London, the Institut français advises festivals and cinemas across the UK on French film programmes and history, as well as on how to access French films, notably through the vast IFCinéma catalogue.
Part of the France 2030 framework launched by the French government, and implemented by the Institut français and Business France, the ICC-Immersion programme supports cultural industries and start-ups in their development in targeted foreign markets.
Networking sessions under the label New Waves organised in the framework of key events like the London Film Festival, the French Film Festival and other professional events, held in partnership with the CNC, Unifrance and British partners such as the British Film Institute (BFI), allow professionals in film, TV series and new media to discuss their practices and explore new joint opportunities.
Dragoslav Zachariev, Deputy Director and Audiovisual Attaché
Diane Gabrysiak, Head of Programming and Exhibition – Ciné Lumière
Clare O’Flaherty, Deputy Head of Programming – Ciné Lumière
Agathe Morisse, Family & Schools Programming – Ciné Lumière