Celebrating four hundred years of Francophonie in Maine

The 2022 Edition was a great success!

The Alliance Francaise du Maine, the French Embassy in the United States, The Villa Albertine, the Consulate General of France in Boston Mustafa Soykurt, the Maine Honorary Consul Alban Maino, and the Alliance Française du Maine, are happy to report that the first  Festival Champlain was a great success. The Champlain Film Festival seeks to enrich the cultural dynamic of New England by shining a spotlight on the region’s deep francophone heritage, particularly in Maine where 5% of the population speaks French. Portland, Maine stands out as the ideal location for this film festival for several reasons: the dynamism and attractiveness of the city, its easy accessibility in the region, and its rich cultural francophone heritage.

The word “Francophone” in the festival title is no coincidence: the films come from a variety of countries, all of whom share French as a common language. So, while France inevitably dominates, you will also be able to enjoy films from  African countries, Canada, and other francophone regions of the world.  The event runs under the auspices of the Alliance Française du Maine and will take place at the University of Southern Maine (USM).

L’alliance Francaise du Maine, l’Ambassade de France aux Etats-Unis, la Villa Albertine, le Consulat Général de France à Boston Mustafa Soykurt, le Consul honoraire du Maine Alban Maino, et l’Alliance Française du Maine, sont heureux de raporter que la premiere edition du Festival Champlain fur un franc succes. Un festival du cinéma francophone à Portland ayant pour objectif de célébrer 400 ans d’histoire et de Francophonie en Nouvelle Angleterre 5% de la population parle le Français! La communauté diverse et le dynamisme culturel de Portland en font un endroit idéal pour organiser cette première édition.

Le mot “Francophone” n’est pas une coïncidence: les films programmés viennent de plusieurs pays issues de la Francophonie, des régions du monde qui partagent notre langue communeNous célébrerons des films venant de pays d’Afrique, du Canada et d’autres régions francophones du monde, et pour cette raison, nous nous réjouissons de vous présenter des films où le français domine. Cet événement est coordonné par l’Alliance Française du Maine, aura lieu à l’Université of Southern Maine (USM).


50 attendees received a one-year free subscription
to one of the French Streaming Channels
TV5 Monde
France Channel

(Click to discover their respective channels)


Films are Projected in French with English Subtitles
Friday September 23rd @4pm at USM: Délicieux
Directed by : Eric Besnard – Produced by : Nord-Ouest Films  – Genre: Fiction – Runtime: 1 h 52 min

Saturday September 24th @10am at USM:
Minga et la cuillère cassée
80mn – Un film réalisé par  Claye Edou

Saturday, September 24th @10am at USM

Small Country: An African Childhood / Petit Pays (2020) – Trailer (English Subs)
Directed by : Eric Barbier Produced by : Jerico Genre: Fiction – Runtime: 1 h 53 min

Saturday September 24th @2pm at USM

Eugénie Grandet (2021) – Trailer (English subs)
Directed by : Marc Dugain Produced by : High Sea Production Genre: Fiction – Runtime: 1 h 45 min

Saturday September 24th @4pm at USM

“Someone, Somewhere” / “Deux Moi” (2019) – Trailer (English Subs)
Directed by : Cédric Klapisch Produced by : Ce Qui Me Meut Genre: Fiction – Runtime: 1 h 50 min

Saturday September 24th @6pm at USM:
Tribute to Jean Luc Godard
“A bout de souffle”, “Breathless” – 1960
– Trailer (English subs) 
Directed by : Jean Luc Godard

The festival films are shown in French (of course), mostly with subtitles in English. We are finalizing our programming, check in soon for an update!