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Poster of the Festival


Revealing new European directors through a selection of a hundred first films, this is one of the main objective of the Festival.

competition©  Kinescope Films - Christopher Behrmann


Young European filmmakers are invited to Angers to present their first films to the audience, industry professionals and press. About 100 films are screened in 7 official categories: European feature films, Diagonales, European and French short films, European student films, European animated films and Short films for kids.
Scrips are read in public by professional actors.
hors competition© Carole Bethuel


Unreleased films in previews and "cartes blanches" to discover nuggets and references of genre cinema.

© 1015! Prod, Lupa Film, Box Prod, Film in Evolution, Fourier Films, Mikino, Les Films du Camélia

Opening / Closing

The opening and closing ceremonies are followed by a film preview.

© Melusine, Le Pacte, British Film Institute, Ffilm Cymru Wales CBC


A selection of previews, presented by the film teams, in collaboration with the French independent distributors.


© Sandrine Jousseaume

Special screenings

Meetings with Robin Campillo and the residents of the Ateliers d'Angers, Films d'ici, tribute to Patrice Chéreau, producing a first film, the 50th anniversary of Fantastic Planet....

© Gilles Marchand


Filmmakers Robin Campillo and Lola Quivoron will chair the Feature Film and Short Film juries.


Find the list of prizes awarded to the films in competition.
(2023 list)

Discovering the history and heritage of cinema through retrospectives on national cinematographies, tributes to major or little-known authors of cinema and thematic programming is one of the Festival's objectives.

Here are the tributes and retrospectives for the next edition!

© Sixteen Oak Limited Why Not Production

Ken Loach

In the presence of Pierre Chassagneux and Louis Mathieu
A key figure in British cinema, Ken Loach will be honoured at the 36th edition of the Festival Premiers Plans in Angers. From Kes (1969), through Looking for Eric (2009) to Sorry We Missed You (2021), a look back at the career of this committed artist who has upheld the tradition of social cinema for the past 60 years.

© SBS Distribution

Isabelle Huppert, European

In the presence of Isabelle Huppert, Élise Girard and Serge Toubiana
Isabelle Huppert’s career is one of the finest there is. From theatre to cinema, from auteur films to mainstream films, she is one of the most prolific actresses in both France and abroad. For its 36th edition, the Premiers Plans Festival is very proud to explore some of her European adventures with her. From the film that made her name, La Dentellière (The Lacemaker) by Swiss director Claude Goretta, to Paul Verhoeven’s Elle, through her outstanding performances with Claude Chabrol and Michael Haneke.
Isabelle Huppert will also present the première screening of Sidonie au Japon (Sidonie in Japan) alongside director Élise Girard.

© David Ruano

Carla Simón

In attendance
Winner of a Golden Bear in Berlin for her second film, Alcarràs, young Spanish director Carla Simón will be returning to the Premiers Plans Festival after one of her school films was screened here in 2015. She also developed the script for her first feature film, Estiu 1993 (Summer 1993), at the Angers Workshops.

© Coralie Vidé

Jane Birkin

In the presence of Jean-Michel Frodon
As a tribute to the woman everyone simply called Jane, and also in memory of her loyalty to audiences in Angers, the Festival Premiers Plans will take you into the intimacy of a complete artist with three portraits: Jane B. par Agnès V. (Jane B. for Agnès V.) (1988), Boxes (2007) and Jane par Charlotte (Jane by Charlotte) (2021).

© Kintop Pictures Bend It FilmRoad Movies et Metropolitan Film Export

Sport and Cinema

In the presence of Élie Grappe, Sacha Wolff, Kamal Ourahou, Noée Abita, Anastasia Budyashkina, Toki Pilioko, Sophie Charrier, Abdoullah Ait Bella, Oscar Constantin, Paul Bahin, Jean-Michel Frodon, Pierre Charpilloz, Bastien Moignoux, Louis Mathieu, Sébastien Farouelle, Pierre Pucelle et Dominique Terasas
For its next edition, the Festival will highlight the links that unite sport and cinema: history (the first Olympic Games of the modern era took place in 1896, just a few months after the invention of cinema), movement, heroes, suspense...

The 19th edition of the Ateliers d'Angers will take place from Monday 22 to Sunday 28 January 2024.

Founded by Jeanne Moreau and the Festival in 2005, the Ateliers d'Angers aim to support the development of first feature films. Since 2022, the Workshops have been held during the Festival. Directors, producers and renowned speakers come together for a rich exchange of ideas and numerous meetings.

With the help of experienced professionals, filmmakers have 7 days to perfect their artistic project through practical lessons related to the financial and technical conditions of first films. The focus is on scriptwriting, directing, editing, directing actors, production or music, depending on the profile of the presenters.


© Nathalie Guihard


Presentation of the Angers Workshops and the eligibility requirements


Presentation of the residents and their project


This year, Romane Guéret, Salvatore Lista, Marie-Ange Luciani, Youna de Peretti, Camille Delafon, Adrien Bekerman and Pascale Marin are the speakers at the Angers Workshops.


Find out the news of the former residents and their project developed during the Angers Workshops.