Festinema Junior - Youth Film Festival

Festinema is a film festival organized by the Alliance Française de New Orleans with the support of the Prytania Theater, the coordination of the Alliances Françaises of the United States (105 branches in the United States) and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States/Villa Albertine in the US.

Presentation of Festinema

Festinema Junior is an annual festival of French-language films created by the network of Alliances Françaises in the United States for young audiences aged 3 to 18. This event provides an opportunity to encourage the understanding of cultures and social issues through images and cinema. This festival has 5 objectives:

The Alliances Françaises network provides educational kits for each film to schools, which include activities before and after their screening.

The 2024 program

Ages 3 to 6:


Year of release: 2019
 Director: Nicolas Deveaux
Running time:
short films

From table tennis to fixed bar, bobsleigh and curling, skateboard and breakdance, diving to synchronized swimming, the animals of Athleticus react according to their personality and the peculiarities of their anatomy, creating comical or poetic situations, but always offbeat. 

Ages 7 to 11:

Belle et Sébastien

 Year of release: 2022
Pierre Coré
Running time:

Based on the beloved children's book, this exciting tale set in the picturesque French Alps follows the friendship of a 6-year-old boy and a stray dog who prove to be heroes when they help defend their occupied village from the Nazis. 

Ages 12 to 15:

Interdit aux chiens et aux italiens

 Year of release: 2023
Alain Ughetto
Running time:
1h20 minutes

At the beginning of the 20th century, the Ughetto family dreamed of a better life abroad. Luigi Ughetto crosses the Alps and starts a new life in France, changing the fate of his beloved family forever. 

Ages 15 to 18:


Year of release:
Cyril Dion
Running time:

Teenagers Bella and Vipulan travel to meet with scientists and activists around the world, searching for another way of living alongside other species, as co-habitants rather than predators. 

Educational booklets

Four educational booklets (in French, English and Spanish) will be available at the Alliance Française from February 19th, upon request.

Screening of the films

The films will be shown at the Prytania Theater, 5339 Prytania St, New Orleans, LA 70115

The theater has 220 seats. 

The films will be shown from April 15th to 26th.


The festival is open to accredited schools, schools with bilingual education programs and schools offering French as a foreign language  in New Orleans.

The suggested ages for the films are given as a guide. If the teacher or the class prefers to see another film (always appropriate for the age and maturity of the children), it is possible for them to view another film on the list above.

All films are offered in their original French version.   Depending on the level of the students and the teachers' recommendations, we can show the film with or without English subtitles.

Contacts at the Alliance Française New Orleans :

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Monday-Thursday: 10am-6pm
Friday: 10am-4pm



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