Eligibiliy Requirements

Please note new guidelines:

Beginning in 2014-2015, classic/repertory films will be part of the Tournées selection. Participating universities will now choose six films: five contemporary plus one classic. The grant to cover the cost of screening six films, either in digital or in 35 millimeter, will be $2,200.

To be eligible for a grant, you must be affiliated with an American college or university with a nonprofit status. Candidates must plan to show the films as part of a festival consisting of a minimum of six films, and the screenings must take place within a one-month period. The films may be presented as part of a larger film festival. Candidates are eligible to receive The Tournées Festival grant for a maximum of five consecutive years, but they must reapply each year.

Please note that the grant has been created to support public screenings. Films must be acquired through proper distribution channels (i.e. no Netflix or other media meant for home viewing: see our distributors page [LINK] for distributor contact information). Please note that the grant is paid retroactively, upon receipt by FACE of all necessary post-screening documents and materials.


General Advice For Your Application

The application is the primary tool used by the Selection Committee to choose the grant recipients. Therefore it's extremely important that you are as thorough and detailed in your answers as possible in order to adequately convey the concept for your festival, and your enthusiasm for the project.

Even if your institution has participated in the program in the past, you still need to submit a new application. Please do not assume that we're familiar with your school and festival. And please be aware that we closely review the Post Screening Forms when considering applications from past grant recipients.

We strongly encourage collaboration with other departments and professors as we have seen that this generally results in far more successful festivals. The more people involved, and the greater the financial commitment, the better the promotional and organizational outcome. One possibility is to establish a committee to select the films and organize the festival. You should also plan to have someone introduce the screenings and facilitate post-screening discussions. This usually results in a larger audience.

We also recommend including the screenings as part of a curriculum or as an extra credit option. We have learned from past participants that students who are required to attend form a core audience at the festivals. And Professors who assign the screenings as part of a course are usually more apt to get involved with the promotion and organization of the festival. You should also encourage student involvement in the organization of the festival via internships or work study programs. There are many students who are genuinely interested in this kind of work and it can be a good way to increase interest and attendance at the festival.

Choose your opening night film wisely. Selecting a more accessible first film is a good way to draw a wider audience at the outset and ideally create interest in the films to follow. If the first film is too challenging, this can negatively impact audience turnout for the duration of the festival.

If you have the capacity and the appropriate equipment, we strongly encourage 35mm screenings over DVD due to the superior image quality. Universities with film or media departments are likely to have 35mm projection equipment. You can also look for a larger auditorium on your campus.

If you have any questions about your application, send us an email at tourneesfestival@facecouncil.org. We will be happy to help you.


Application Procedures


Choose a minimum of five films from among the Featured Films or the Alternative Choice titles (from previous Tournées selections), plus one Classic, and prepare a tentative schedule for the screenings.

Films must be acquired through their official distributors and must be shown in either 35mm, Beta SP, Blu-ray, 3D: DCP, Digibeta, DVCAM, DVD, or HDcam. Not all films are available in all formats, so choose according to both your projection equipment capabilities, and the availability of the films. Since digital format is generally available later than film, we encourage you to check our website on a regular basis for updates on releases. In our brochure, video formats are indicated when available. Also note that some 35mm films are in CinemaScope, so be sure that your projectionist is aware of the different formats.

Please note that The Tournées Festival grant does not cover films shown on VHS or Netflix, or any other media meant for home viewing. Films are in French with English subtitles (unless otherwise noted).


Complete the Online Application.

Be as detailed as possible about your proposed festival and screening dates. If you receive a grant, we realize that the dates and film selection that you initially choose may change and we simply ask that you provide us with the updated information. Please explain why you are interested in this program, if you will be working with other academic departments, and if you already show foreign films on your campus. Collaboration with other departments is strongly encouraged.


Application Deadline

Deadline for applications for the 2014-2015 academic year:
October 1, 2014.

Please note:
In past years, applicants would choose from two application cycles in the Spring and Fall semesters. This year, to simplify the application process, there will be only one deadline, on October 1, 2014.

The application will be open from August until the deadline of October 1.
Late applications will not be considered.

Participants can expect a decision on their application around November 1, and can then plan their festivals any time during the remaining school year (festivals must conclude by June 30).


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