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Develoment and Cooperation in the Arts

In order to rise to the challenges facing the international development of artists and institutions today, the Institut français is redefining its strategy, and evolving its model for the diffusion of creativity, towards one of cooperation, proposals and frameworks.
Across the disciplines of live performance, music, visual arts, architecture and urban planning, fashion and design, the mission of the Department of Development and Cooperation in the Arts (DDCA) is made up, on the one hand, of advice, expertise, connecting partnerships and cultural production and, on the other, of financial support for specific operations.
Since September 2018, it has developed new offers and specific resources aimed at:
artists who are French, living in France, from Africa and from the Caribbean, and French and international professionals;
French, African, Caribbean and international cultural institutions;
the French cultural network in the world (Instituts français, Alliances françaises, ambassadorial cultural services).
This evolution is marked by four challenges:
Europe: developing partnerships between French and European cultural stakeholders;
the African continent and the Caribbean: renewing the relationship with stakeholders and artists in these territories;
policy in each sector: redefining new road maps. In 2018: performing and visual arts. In 2019: music, design, architecture and fashion;
observing creative scenes and producing resources: the profile of French artists in the world; the actuality and geographies of international scenes; resource site for international deployment. 
Before submitting an application, project leads are specifically asked:
1) to imperatively make contact with the Institut français, and with the cultural service of the French Embassy or lnstitut français in the country or countries concerned;
2) to state clearly in the application form if the project is also subject to a demand for financial support as part of the Institut français and French regional government partnership programme.
Particular priority will be given to the following countries;
• American Zone: Argentina, Brazil, Canada/Québec, Colombia, Cuba, United States, Haiti, Mexico.
• European Zone : Germany, Spain, Italy, United Kingdom, Turkey.
• Continental European Zone: Russia, Ukraine.
• African-Indian Ocean Zone: South Africa, Benin, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Madagascar, Mali, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Senegal;
• Asian Zone: China, South Korea, India, Indonesia, Japan, Singapore, Vietnam.
• North African/Middle Eastern Zone: Algeria, Egypt, Iran, Israel, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestinian territories, Tunisia.



Spreading France’s cinematographic heritage
The Institut français works in a complimentary fashion with UniFrance Films:
  • to promote major titles within the French heritage films;
  • to distribute newly created films (fiction and documentaries) in a non-commercial way;
  • to advance the notoriety of its leaders.
Through the distribution of documentary films, it aims at increasing awareness of French culture, ideas and knowledge.
With a catalogue of 3,500 films that reflect the diversity of French cinematography, the Institut français provides the French cultural network and its partners with films acquired for non-commercial distribution rights. These films are available in various formats: 35mm, DVDs and download (IFcinéma), and also come subtitled.
The Institut français offers its partners abroad retrospectives of the great figures of French cinema (Jacques Tati, Henri-Georges Clouzot, Robert Bresson, Olivier Assayas, Amos Gitai, Claire Denis, Sandrine Bonnaire, Juliette Binoche etc.), themed programs and promotions of international major events such as Le Jour le plus court, La Fête de l'animation, or Le Mois du Documentaire. Numerous retrospectives and themed programs are held annually around the world at the initiative of the Institut français, in partnership with major cultural institutions, foreign film libraries, festivals, universities, as well as the French cultural network abroad.
World cinema: promoting emerging talent
The Institut français manages the Aide aux cinémas du monde Program in partnership with the Centre national du Cinéma et de l’image animée. An initiative from the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, this new production assistance is available to all nationalities when part of a co-production with a French company.
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.
Cinémathèque Afrique
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.

Development and partnerships

The Development and Partnerships Department leads transversal projects within the Institut français.
  • The Regional Authorities Division work on partnerships between major French cities or regions and the French cultural network abroad.
  • The Residences Division encourages the mobility of French artists abroad and vice versa.
  • The European Division offers advice to the French cultural network on all European matters, studies requests for Europe-wide projects and promotes the Institut français as a supporter of cultural events.
  • The Seasons Division regroups seasonal cultural events, cultural showcases between countries, and festivals as well as themed “Year of…” programs. These events are some of the highlights of the French diplomatic influence in the world.

French Language, Books and Ideas

The Books and Knowledge Division aims to promote French writing and thinking abroad to publishers, academics, cultural networks and think-tanks. With new tailor-made programs using the worldwide French diplomatic network, this department deploys cultural programs adapted to reflect strategic initiatives in line with international priorities and issues.
The French Language Division aims to improve the visibility and appeal of the French language throughout the world and reinforces the place of French as a language of learning.
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