Byrd Theatre hosts 19th Annual French Film Festival

March 24 – 27, 2011 finds French films at the Byrd Theater in Richmond’s Carytown.

French Film Festival in Richmond VA March 24 - 27

A festival pass is the only way to guarantee you don’t miss anything! Co-Academic sponsors of this festival are the University of Richmond and Virginia Commonwealth University designed to promote French language cinema and culture in the US, to bring international attention to Richmond by hosting an internationally recognized French cultural event, and to encourage the study of the French language.

The festival has, over the years, been the medium for numerous North American premiere screenings and even a growing number of world premieres.  The festival showcases a diverse collection of France’s newest films by established, award-winning directors — with the addition of short films by France’s next generation.  The films are followed by a question-and-answer session with those directors and actors present for the screening. For wannabee Francophiles, all films are provided with English subtitles.  It’s a great way to increase your French vocabulary. Here’s the SCHEDULE.

Play your cards right and you can meet French celebrities at the official reception, at the fabulous Scott House on Virginia Commonwealth University’s Monroe Park campus for only $25.  Pass/Ticket.

Films are shown at the historic Byrd Theatre , built in 1928, in Carytown. It is one of the nation’s Grand Movie Palaces and is both a State and National Historic Landmark with 1,300 seats.  Unlike many other opulent theaters built in the 20’s and 30’s, the Byrd Theatre is largely unaltered in appearance and function, operating as a movie theatre since 1928!  It is one of Richmond’s best-kept-secrets and a place not-to-miss!

If you want to be in the middle of it all, Richmond’s premier Fan District Bed and Breakfast is the place to stay! Add a day to your stay and catch the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts special exhibition “Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musee National Picasso, Paris” to complete your journey into French culture.  Tickets and reservations are recommended for the exhibition; it’s bound to be popular with French Film Festival attendees.

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