How do I submit a film to the festival?
Very few shorts are presented and only those filmed in the Poitou-Charentes region.
Most of our feature films are selected at international festivals (Cannes, Berlin, Rotterdam, San Sebastian, etc.) but submissions are still welcome (for fictions or documentaries) provided that the film has not been shown in cinemas prior to the festival.
There is no submissions form. Simply send a DVD of the film to our Paris office before 15 April.
When and where can tickets be bought?
Individual tickets are not available for sale by post.
Individual tickets, multi-film passes and unlimited-access passes go on sale at La Coursive (4 Rue Saint-Jean-du-Pérot - 17000 La Rochelle) at 1 pm on Wednesday 27 June 2018 and are available until the last day of the festival.
From Saturday 30 June 2018 at 11 am until the last day of the festival it will also be possible to purchase individual and multi-film tickets at the cinemas CGR Dragon (8 Cours des Dames - 17000 La Rochelle - Tel. +33 (0)5 46 41 41 79) and CGR Olympia (54 Rue Chaudrier - 17000 La Rochelle - Tel: +33 (0)5 46 41 26 82).
Unlimited-access passes and nominative multi-film passes (concessions tickets for the under-25s, students under 30 and the unwaged) can be reserved in advance by post. Simply send a completed reservation form (available at Practical Informations > Prices & Ticketing) to our La Rochelle office (10 Quai Georges Simenon 17000 La Rochelle) along with a passport photo, a copy of your ID (for under-25s), student card or proof of jobseeker’s status and a cheque for the corresponding amount made payable to FIFLR. Your reserved pass will not be sent by post but can be picked up in person at La Coursive as of 1 pm on Wednesday 27 June 2018.
How can I attend the opening night?
The opening night begins at 8.15 pm in the Grande Salle of La Coursive with a film première and presentation of the festival’s guests.
It is open to all those holding an unlimited-access or multi-film pass (see Practical Informations > Prices & Ticketing)
Given the event’s popularity, you are advised to begin arriving at La Coursive at 7.15 pm.
A film from the retrospective section will be screened in Salle Bleue at 8.30 pm.
Individual tickets are not valid for either of these two showings.
Is it possible to reserve a seat?
Only the unlimited-access passes and multi-film passes purchased at a reduced rate are nominative (and include an identity photo).
All other tickets may be shared by different cinema-goers.
Which of the multi-film passes are nominative?
Seules les cartes illimitées et les cartes à entrées multiples à tarif réduit sont nominatives (avec photo d'identité).
Les autres cartes à entrées multiples proposées peuvent être utilisées par différents spectateurs pour une même carte.
What are the advantages of the unlimited-access pass?
All the relevant information is available at: Practical Informations > Prices & Ticketing.
The advantages in 2018 are:
- Direct access, without visiting a box office, to all films throughout the 10 days of the festival (subject to seat availability)
- A free copy of the official catalogue (worth €12)
- Access to the opening night on Friday 29 June at 8.15 pm
- Access to the Préau du Festival (from 2.30 pm to 7 pm), which transforms into an open-air café from 7 pm to 11.30 pm
- An invitation to La Rochelle Natural History Museum, valid for 1 admission to be used in 2018
- A visit to La Rochelle’s two towers (including the Robert Bresson film poster exhibition), from 29 June to 31 July.
When does the catalogue go on sale?
The catalogue goes on sale at 1 pm on Wednesday 27 June 2018 when the festival’s box office opens at La Coursive (sale price: €12).
Who can be accredited?
Only certain professionals can be accredited: cinema owners/managers, film distributors and professionals associated with film libraries or other film festivals.
Only one accreditation per organisation will be granted. Accompanying guests can pay a €40 fee to reserve an accreditation (Professionnals > Accreditation).
Applications for accreditation must be accompanied by a press or business card and the stamp of the organisation to which the applicant belongs.
Where can I find accommodation?
Our website has a page detailing the accommodation options available in La Rochelle: Practical Informations > Accomodation.
The Film Festival’s association is working hard to increase this list.
Is it possible to arrange an internship with the festival’s organisers?
Interns are recruited each April in Paris and La Rochelle to help organise the festival and to work in La Rochelle during the event itself.
Applications must be sent starting in October to our Paris office: Festival International du Film de La Rochelle - à l'attention d'Arnaud Dumatin - 16 rue Saint-Sabin - 75011 Paris.
Who is responsible for the festival’s poster?
The painter Stanislas Bouvier has created the poster for the La Rochelle International Film Festival since 1991.