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French and Francophone Studies - A Research Guide to Resources: Films, Newspapers, and TV Channels

This guide provides an overview of resources in French and Francophone Studies. It can be used in tandem with research guides specifically created in support of courses offered in the French curriculum.

Online Film Resources

Film Databases and Research Guides (Vanderbilt University)

Cahiers du Cinema - French Film Magazine (Monthly).

Cannes Film Festival   The first edition of the Festival was originally set to be held in Cannes in 1939 under the presidency of Louis Lumière. However, it was not until over a year after the war ended that it finally took place, on 20 September 1946. It was subsequently held every September – except in 1948 and 1950 – and then every May from 1952 onwards. 

Cesar Award (Académie des Arts et Techniques du Cinéma)  The César Award is the national film award of France; it is delivered in the Nuit des César ceremony and it was first awarded in 1976. The nominations are selected by the members of twelve categories of filmmaking professionals and supported by the French Ministry of Culture.[1] The nationally televised award ceremony is held in the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris each February.

Le Cinema Francais - Base de donnees

ina  (Institut National Audiovisuel).  L'Ina est une entreprise publique culturelle de l'audiovisuel chargée de la sauvegarde, de la valorisation et de la transmission de notre patrimoine audiovisuel.

La Cinematheque Francaise  la Cinémathèque française a été créée en 1936 par Henri Langlois, Georges Franju, Jean Mitry et Paul Auguste Harlé. Elle est devenue au fil des ans l'une des archives les plus célèbres dans le monde grâce à la richesse de ses collections. Longtemps installée au palais de Chaillot, la Cinémathèque française occupe depuis septembre 2005 un bâtiment moderne construit par l'architecte Frank Gehry, 51 rue de Bercy (Paris 12e). Lors de l'inauguration de la nouvelle Cinémathèque, Martin Scorsese a déclaré : « Les réalisateurs du monde entier connaissent la Cinémathèque française, même s'ils n'y sont jamais venus. C'est notre demeure spirituelle. »

Lumiere.  The data base LUMIERE provides a systematic compilation of available data on admissions of the films released in European cinemas since 1996. The data base is the result of the collaboration between the European Audiovisual Observatory and the various specialised national sources as well as the MEDIA Programme of the European Union.

Unifrance  Unifrance is the organisation in charge of promoting French cinema throughout the world.
Created in 1949, in the form of an association under the law of 1901, Unifrance is under the supervision of the CNC (Centre national du cinéma et de l'image animée). The association has nearly 1000 members: producers of feature films and shorts, exporters, sales agents, directors, actors, authors (screenwriters) and talent agents.


News and Newspapers

For in-depth lists of French news sources available online see: 

French Newspapers  Online Newspaper Directory for the World - Europe

MIT Research Guide   Foreign Language News and Newspapers: French