23rd Annual French Film Festival: February 27 – March 4, 2020

We proudly dedicate this year’s festival to Agnès Varda: the godmother of French cinema and one of the most beloved heroes of the New Orleans Film Society members! Varda graced us with 24 magnificent films and showed us the beauty of heart-shaped potatoes. Though she passed away last year, we are honored to include in the festival her final project—Varda by Agnès, completed just before her death.

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The 23rd New Orleans French Film Festival, one of the longest running foreign language festivals in the country, will showcase excellence in contemporary and classic francophone Cinema for audiences of about 4,000 at the Prytania Theatre, the oldest single-screen movie house operating in Louisiana. All films will be screened with English subtitles.

Click to see the festival lineup and schedule. Passes are now on sale! Our Scene Stealer members (and above levels) receive two complimentary Patron Passes to the French Film Festival. Moviegoer and Take Two members receive discounts on passes and tickets. Click here to become a member now.

Individual tickets will go on sale on February 3rd for the New Orleans Film Society members and #FFF2020 passholders, and on February 10th for the public.

Live music and lectures will accompany a curated selection of French-language films and a program of short films. On opening night, prior to the opening film, join a dedicated audience of Francophiles, cinephiles, sponsors, and patrons for at an invite-only Patron Party and is exclusively for French Film Festival Patron Pass holders and members of the New Orleans Film Society’s Producer’s Circle, Executive Producer’s Circle, and Director’s Circle.

Let your friends know you’re joining the festival on our Facebook event page.

All screenings, music, and lectures will take place at the Prytania Theatre, 5339 Prytania St, New Orleans.

Free parking on street around the theater.
Public transit three blocks from the streetcar stop on St. Charles and Jefferson (green line), six blocks from the bus stop on Magazine and Jefferson (line 11).

If you are interested in volunteering during the French Film Festival, please let us know by signing up here.

Special Thanks to Our Sponsors:

Interested in shining your brand in the 2020 French Film Festival? Please check our 2018 impact report here and feel free to contact Jennifer Samani for sponsorship inquiries.

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With special thanks to the Consulate General of Canada.

  • $80 for members | $95 for non-members
  • Free admission to all 24 festival screenings
  • Early access to online reservations on February 3rd (a week before tickets go on sale for the public)
  • Priority entrance to all screenings
  • Advance copy of the #FFF2020 brochure in your mailbox (if the pass is purchased by February 2, 2020)
  • Keep your seat between screenings
  • $110 for members | $125 for non-members
  • All benefits of the regular pass
  • Invitation to the Patron Party at a New Orleans residence prior to the Opening Film on February 27th

New Orleans Film Society’s Scene Stealer, Producer’s Circle, and Executive Producer’s Circle members get two complimentary French Film Festival patron passes. Moviegoer and Take Two members get $15 off of passes.


  • Admission to all festival screenings (excludes Opening, Closing, Centerpiece & Spotlight Screenings)
  • Early access to online reservations on February 3rd at noon (a week before tickets go on sale for the public)
  • An advance copy of the festival brochure mailed to your address (if the pass is purchased by February 2, 2020)

Email a copy of your valid Student ID to info@neworleansfilmsociety.org receive a link to book your pass online. 


Individual tickets will go on sale on February 3rd for the New Orleans Film Society members and #FFF2020 passholders, and on February 10th for the public.

Ticket Prices:
Opening, Centerpiece, Closing & Spotlight Screenings –  $14 for members | $17 for non-members
All Other Screenings –  $11 for members | $14 for non-members

Group tickets and passes for parties of 10+ will receive NOFS member pricing.

Festival passes and tickets can be purchased online at www.neworleansfilmsociety.org or at the Prytania Theater during the box office hours. Online tickets are available until 2h before each screening. 

FESTIVAL BOX OFFICE HOURS (at the Prytania Theatre):

February 26th-27th: 3PM – 8PM
February 28th – March 4th: 1h prior to the first screening – 9 PM  

All sales are final. Passes and tickets are neither refundable, nor transferable. Only in a situation in which screenings or events are canceled by NOFS, the refunds will be issued. If you can not attend events that you have purchased tickets or passes for, consider your purchase as a donation to the New Orleans Film Society. 

You must be in your seat 10 minutes prior to showtime, as NOFS will release unclaimed seats to the Rush Line at that time. We will not issue refunds to ticket holders who arrive later than 10 minutes prior to the start of the film.


We are committed to make the Festival accessible to everyone, however not all of our films support hearing impaired or caption devices. Please fill out this form to let us know what types of accommodations you may require. For more details and venue-specific information, please contact NOFS in advance by e-mail to info@neworleansfilmsociety.org or call (504) 309-6633.

Please note that the Patron Party venue is not ADA accessible. If you are planning to attend the event, please send us more details on how we can accommodate you by filling out the accessibility form. We will work directly with individuals to find the best ways to offer assistance. Please notify us of any requests as early as possible, and note that requests made within 10 days of the event cannot be guaranteed.