Paris International Film Festival 2021

We are pleased to have been announced as one of the Official Press Partners for the 2021 edition of the Paris International Film Festival. In its 3rd year, the Paris International Film Festival (PIFF) will be following the fate of many of the 2020 festivals with an online edition. The Festival will occur from 4 – 14 February 2021 with 44 independent films screening as well as TV pilots. The features and shorts films will cover both French and International films with the focus for this year’s festival being to reflect diversity. As such, 60% of the films featuring within the festival are directed by women.

The feature films are simply divided into categories such as: Bring Change, Documentaries for Change, Epic Stories, Take Care (Mental Health). Within these categories the documentary Kiss the Ground featuring Woody Harrison and Patricia Arquette, concerning the environment, will have its International Première. Bad Candy, a horror film, will have its European Première during PIFF.

This year’s PIFF also has a focus on the female gaze with films such as Invisible Love and Being Mortal also having World Premières. Soundtrack to Sixteen, a winner at the 2019 London Independent Film Festival, which had a limited UK release in March 2020, will have its French Première. Another feature within the Official Selection is the TV series Alice in Paris.

Paris International Film Festival poster
Paris International Film Festival poster

Jenna Suru is the festival’s director and has also made her feature directorial debut in the film, The Golden Age (L’Âge D’Or). The Golden Age was a Best Female Director winner at the 2020 London Independent Film Festival. Jenna has also highlighted that this edition of PIFF will have a focus on change.

There will be an Audience Award and a Special Jury Award alongside awards for French and International features and shorts. The festival’s jury members include Academy Award Nominee Jeff Arch, a writer from Sleepless in Seattle, as well as Carrie Bernans, an actor, producer and writer.

As Paris is renowned as a city for romance, the festival will aptly finish on St Valentine’s Day, 14 February.

Tickets for the festival are now available here. There are all access passes, permitting viewing for the entire festival as well as day passes for sale. The full festival programme of films will be released at a later date with an exciting range of films to watch.

The trailer for the 3rd edition of the Paris International Film Festival can be viewed here.

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