December 27, 2006
The Fort Kent French Film Festival has been awarded a $1,800 Tournées Festival grant from the French American Cultural Exchange (F.A.C.E.) to support the 2007 film festival, according to Katharine Harrington, the event's director and University of Maine at Fort Kent assistant professor of French.
The 2007 French Film Festival is scheduled for Friday, April 27 through Tuesday, May 1 at the Century Theater in Fort Kent. All films are shown with English subtitles.
F.A.C.E. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to nurturing French-American relations through innovative international projects in the arts, education, and cultural exchange. Housed in the cultural services of the French Embassy in New York, and overseen by a board of trustees, F.A.C.E. serves an extensive network of patrons through its film-based programs. The organization also provides support to various initiatives through its partnership with the cultural services of the French Embassy.
F.A.C.E.'s Tournées grant was conceived as a program to encourage schools to begin their own self-sustaining French film festivals. Since its inception, the program has collaborated with hundreds of universities and made it possible for more than 250,000 students to discover French-language films. The Tournées Festival distributes approximately $140,000 in grants annually.
The program is made possible with the generous support of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Centre National de la Cinématographie, the Grand Marnier Foundation, the Florence Gould Foundation and the Franco-American Cultural Fund (SACEM, the Writers Guild of America, the Directors Guild of America and the Motion Picture Association).
Harrington's dream of having a French film festival became a reality in 2006, in part through another $1,800 F.A.C.E. grant, and a supplementary grant from the University of Maine at Fort Kent Strategic Planning Special Initiatives Fund.
Professor Harrington will be looking to local Franco organizations for help to promote the film festival.