Wednesday, 19 March 2008

The Alliance Francaise: French Film Festival 2008 (In Sydney 5-19 March)

Driving in CBD Sydney downtown last week, I saw this streamer regarding a "film festival". As I was busy driving to a relative's wedding, I asked my wife to take a quick picture so I can read it afterwards.

I sometimes use my digital camera like this, to record and "take note" of signs and other announcements, billboard and other advertisements and what have you that takes my fancy but "too busy" to remember or make a note of. A snapshot of what it says rather than the image itself.

Anyway, I learn that there is a French Film Festival in Australia sponsored by The Alliance Francaise. In Sydney, this was scheduled from 5 to 19 March. There are other schedules for the rest of Australia and New Zealand. This is the 19th edition of the festival here in Australia, and offers 436 screenings!

The Alliance Francaise is a non-profit organisation founded in Paris in 1883. It is now an International Federation that promotes and teaches the French language as well as promoting French culture and arts.

As I write this, this is the last day of the Festival and I am cooped at work till 9:30 PM! As always, I took it for granted and was not able to see even one film. Imagine, I don't need to travel to France and I'll save heaps of money to savour the French cinema experience. Well, I hope there will be another one next year.

Back to my SBS, ABC and Foxtel at home! Sigh...

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