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There are several film festivals across the world amongst which finding the one where you can spot your most loved film stars can be quite difficult. Here we are trying to make it easier for you by letting you know about the top French Movie Festivals to be held in 2017. So that you can book your tickets in advance, enjoy the host city as well as can enjoy the festival along with having a chance to meet your most loved movie stars.

Cannes Film Festival May 17- 28, 2017

It is a film festival, celebrated annually in Cannes, France which premieres the new films from all genres as well as documentaries from all over the world. This year Festival de Cannes will be celebrating its 70th Anniversary. This Year Pedro Almodovar, who is a Spanish film director and screenwriter, has been selected as the president of the Jury for the festival along with the Italian actress Monica Bellucci as the host for opening and closing ceremony of the festival. The festival focuses on discovering new talent and acts as a springboard for creation. There are several initiatives taken to support the talent of the future.

Annecy International Animated Film Festival June 12-17, 2017

It was established in the year 1960 and since then it is celebrated yearly in Annecy, France in the beginning of June. Initially, it was celebrated once in two years but after 1988 it was announced as an annual event. It is one of the four international animated film festivals which are being sponsored by ASIFA. The festival is a competition between animated movies using various techniques such as modelling clay, animated drawings, cut-out papers, etc. It caters all sorts of movies including the feature films, short films, films produced for television and advertising, films made for the internet and student films.

Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival Feb 3-11, 2017

It is one of the international film festival totally dedicated to short films and is celebrated every year in Clermont-Ferrand, France. It is considered as the largest film festival in France in terms of professional attendance and audience as it has more than 100,000 attendees annually, since 1995. You will enjoy the screenings and the quality of films premiered in the festival. You will be surprised to see the number of attendees each day and will have a great experience exploring the market. The festival also organizes a public meeting with the press, after the day of screening in the main theatre.

Strasbourg European Fantastic Film Festival Sept 15- 24, 2017

SEFFF is a film festival, celebrated yearly in Strasbourg, France. Its main focus remains on science fiction, fantasy and horror movies but also other activities too such as Q&A with film crews, silent film concerts, etc. It was founded in 2006 by Les Films du Spectre as a thematic festival. It mostly takes place in the month of September since 2008. Since 2009, the festivals starts with the great Strasbourg zombie walk which has become the largest in Europe with approximately 4000 participants in 2014. It caters both feature films and short films. The winner is awarded the Golden Octopus for being the best international fantastic film.

Festival International de Programmes Audiovisuels Jan 24-29, 2017

This was founded way back in 1987 by Michel Mitrani and was first held in Cannes in October 1987. But after 1997, it has been held in Biarritz, France every year. It is considered as the most important Television festival in France, and It is one of the most prestigious European events. FIPA presents more than 130 programmes every year from a wide range of genre for competition. FIPA was created to recognise and to promote exceptional works in the audiovisual media. It also provides its contribution in the development of the audiovisual arts all over the world with a spirit of cooperation and technology exchange.

The competition is divided into 6 categories- Dramas, Series, Creative Documentaries, Reportages & Investigations, Performing Arts, Smart FIPA. The jury then gives the best program an award namely Grand Prix FIPA d’Or in each of these categories as well as distribute other awards for screenplay, acting and original music.

These are the top French movie festivals which you must include on your must see list to have a chance to meet your favourite movie star.

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