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A Message from Marcelle


Dear film lovers of Francophone cinema, dear cinephiles, 

Cinéfranco with its dedicated team aim at sharing their passion for Francophone cinema in its glory everywhere.

It felt good to huddle together, to stick closer when overwhelmed by a film. Together we heartily laughed, we cried, we shuddered and we exchanged ideas... It was a collective experience where strong emotions and ideas bonded us... 


The intrusion of an invisible harmful enemy is not going to deprive us from the pleasure of continuing to feel the rich range of emotions and to communicate with one another.

We can imagine you curled up on your couch with Cinéfranco carrying you like Ali Baba’s magic carpet, from one Francophone country to another: Canada, France, Belgium, Switzerland, Senegal, Lebanon, Morocco, Rwanda, Burundi... Each country brings its share of stories and History with its dramas, its tragedies, its heroic feats its comedies woven with the talents of a wide range of filmmakers and actors you may see for the first time or whom you will continue to enjoy and admire.

Cinéfranco Grand Public 2020, online and Canada-wide, very sincerely thanks all of the generous sponsors especially HAMPTON SECURITIES, our new platinum presenter of the Festival.

We are deeply grateful to TFS, Telefilm Canada, Ontario Creates and Power Corporation of Canada for their continuous support.

Many thanks to OLG, to the Quebec Government and to Glendon College for believing in Cinéfranco.

Marcelle Lean
Founder and artistic & executive director


Cinéfranco « Grand Public » took place online and Canada wide for the first time of its being.

You, devoted, loyal lovers of Francophone cinema, with you, newcomers, sailed on a ship filled with unique experiences riddled with adventures... And what adventures indeed! Who would have imagined that, carried by a Francophone film festival, we would ride from

one end to the other of our vast Canadian land, on to the emotional waves of History, of drama, comedy, heroism with captivating conversations with filmmakers and an illustrious historian!

But when steering the boat as one should expect, the technical difficulties that arose were eliminated. You all have been patient, amazing, understanding.

On behalf of the Cinéfranco valiant team, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for having understood that it was our first trip and that, as novices, we did not know what was awaiting us at the end. Yann, Bernard, Marie were impressive at quickly responding to requests and I congratulate them as I congratulate our audiences and film artisans for being calm, wise and kind.

Audience members as well as film artists showed us support through their words of encouragement, their compliments, their wishes for success and their thanks. 

On behalf of the Cinéfranco team, I can only express my deep gratitude to all who appreciated the quality of our film selection, the Herculean efforts at times and mostly the pleasure we felt serving you virtually.

We are looking forward to getting together in a film theatre!

Marcelle Lean

Founder and artistic & executive director