Film Festival Clermont-Ferrand Auvergne France

BONUS: France’s 2nd Biggest Film Festival is in… Clermont-Ferrand?

Only Cannes is more important...

Every winter, Clermont-Ferrand hosts “the second most important film festival in France” (after the well-known event in Cannes).  It's February, so it's time for the 30th edition of the International Short Film Festival, showcasing works from filmmakers around the world.  This year, there are thematic programs showing the state of the art of short film in Switzerland, films that celebrate "gastronomy and the pleasure of being at the table,"  and a particular celebration of the roles actors play in short films.

Film Festival Clermont-Ferrand Auvergne France
La Jetee is home to the International Short Film Festival in Clermont-Ferrand

The 30th annual International Short Film Festival and 40th National Short Film Festival is underway this week, from now through February 10th, 2018.   Ticket packages and information about hotels are available on the Festival’s website.

Last year, I had the pleasure of interviewing Eric Wojcik, one of the founding directors of  the festival.  Read more about this exceptional event in my article on , one of the best online sources for information about travel and culture in France.

Film Festival Clermont-Ferrand Auvergne France

Film Festival Clermont-Ferrand Auvergne France
Official poster for the 2018 International Short Film Festival, Photo © 20176, Bologo


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2 thoughts on “BONUS: France’s 2nd Biggest Film Festival is in… Clermont-Ferrand?

  1. Hi Richard,
    Yes, the highlights this weekend are the start of the ‘Court Metrage’ and the Vinidome! We took in our first seance of films yesterday and will head to Vinidome today. Expats continue to enjoy the recurring rhythm of life in Clermont-Ferrand. A dusting of snow covers our village, but there’s not enough of the white stuff for ski du fond in Pessade. We did take some kids sledding there last Sunday, however. Thought you, and maybe others, would like hearing about typical life here.
    Best, Sheryl and Tom

    1. It’s always great to hear from you, Sheryl. We loved Vinidome, too — a great February “cheap date” where the cost of a ticket gets you an empty wine glass and access to dozens (hundreds?) of wine vendors for sampling. Thanks for the update! Our best to you and Tom.

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