During the Cannes Festival, the Institut français runs the Cinemas of the World Pavilion, a space dedicated to cinema from Africa, Asia, Latin America, Central and Eastern Europe, the Near and the Middle East, where the Institut français receives professionals throughout the Festival.
A place of reference for news and promotion of World Cinema in Cannes, the Pavilion also invites 10 young directors and their producers as part of La Fabrique des Cinémas du Monde ("The Making of World Cinemas"), a support program for new talents from emerging countries.
With responsibility for the preservation and distribution of Africa’s heritage cinema, the Institut français holds one of the largest collections of African films from the 60s to today.
Created in 1961 by the Ministry of Cooperation, the African Film Library contributes to the promotion of African cinema throughout the world and makes available to professionals and programmers a catalogue of over 1,500 titles, over 700 of which are free of royalties and available for non-commercial distribution.
Since it was integrated into the Institut français, the African Film library has mainly been focused on international distribution, whilst also disseminating titles within France through non-profit networks.
The Cinémathèque Afrique contributes to the conservation of African heritage with a digitalization program, and conducts retrospectives (Sotigui Kouyate, Raoul Peck) and themed cycles ("The great figures of African film and the Caribbean"; "African Independence") destined for worldwide distribution.