New face of french film festival

French Film Festival director Carine Bougnague says this year’s festival is not to be missed.|Picture: Marcus Whisson www.communitypix.com.au d416722
French Film Festival director Carine Bougnague says this year’s festival is not to be missed.|Picture: Marcus Whisson www.communitypix.com.au d416722

AFTER 25 years ‘an eclectic, attractive film program is absolutely essential’ in keeping the Alliance Francaise French Film Festival fresh for audiences, according to new Perth director Carine Bougnague.

Bougnague was ‘excited and blessed’ to step into the challenging role at Alliance Francaise de Perth in September last year, just in time for the film festival to hit its quarter century milestone.

‘Before assuming my position in Perth, I was the director of international relations for the City of Montpellier in the South of France,’ she said.

‘I was developing cultural, educational and economic programs with different cities in the world and I was working with the Alliance Francaise as well as the Institut Francais.

‘(The role of director) is a huge responsibility; the number of films has doubled since 2007, our audience has increased 300 per cent over the past eight years and we now run for a period of three weeks as opposed to one week, which is how we were set up a mere six years ago.’

She said the festival reached 10,000 admits in Perth for the first time last year.

‘This year we will be showing 42 films and, with more than 150 individual screenings, we are hoping to be bigger and better than ever,’ she said.

Bougnague said the key to drawing audiences back and attracting new ones was the programming.

‘This year’s program incorporates smaller, niche films alongside bigger productions with popular French actors,’ she said.

‘We also focus on delivering special event screenings combining pre-screening entertainment with food and drinks, to offer something a little bit extra for our attendees.’

The Alliance Francaise French Film Festival is on until April 6. For session times, go to www.af frenchfilmfestival.org