When New York was called New Angoulême

The idea for this film festival originated from a compelling historical fact. In 1524 the Florentine naval explorer Giovanni da Verrazzano arrived in what is now New York City, but he named the area New Angoulême. This name refers to the French town of Angoulême, and honors Verrazzano’s patron, King Francis I of France, Count of Angoulême from 1496 until his coronation in 1515.

This year, Angoulême and New York will be reconnected via the Festival du Film Francophone d’Angoulême (FFA) and the French Cinema Week NYC. During these three days, New York City will once again become New Angoulême and spectators will be transported to a new place through the magic of film.

This project would not be possible without the vision and proven track record of industry leaders and FFA co-founders, Dominique Besnehard and Marie-France Brière.


Our mission at French Cinema Week NYC

The French Cinema Week NYC is a new Francophone film festival.  Its mission is to invite New York film enthusiasts  to discover and celebrate  a curated selection of the finest French language films which just had their French debut in the past three months at the Festival du Film Francophone d’Angoulême, France.

FCW seeks to animate and foster a rich cinematic experience punctuated with social and educational  events featuring directors, actors and artists, to provide an immersive cultural journey. 

Inspire & Inform
A curated selection from the Festival du Film Francophone d’Angoulême allows us to expose an American audience to the very best of recent Francophone cinema. Most screenings will be U.S. Premieres with English subtitles presented by the actors and directors.

The festival will offer a high-end cultural experience with gourmet food, wine and spirits.

French Cinema Week is committed to education and will organize targeted events for students, including Q&As and master classes with visiting actors, directors and professionals in the industry. Special screenings for students, semester-long internships and volunteering opportunities during the festival will be offered.



Coming soon… stay tuned!