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School of Languages, Cultures, and Race College of Arts and Sciences

Palouse French Film Festival

The Palouse French Film Festival is about to present its 12th edition this October at the Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre in Moscow, Idaho. Here is the line-up for this year’s edition:

  • October 3rd L’Innocent – The Innocent  by Louis Garrel (2022)
  • October 10th Eiffel by Martin Bourboulon (2021)
  • October 17th Celle que vous croyez  –  Who You Think I Am by Safy Bebbou (2019)
  • October 24th Twist à Bamako  –  Dancing the Twist in Bamako  by Robert Guédiguian (2021)

Films are in French with English subtitles.

Films start at 7PM. There will be a reception with French wine and cheese at 6PM on opening night and a closing reception with sparkling wine and cookies on closing night!

2023 Palouse French Film Festival individual Film information and Schedule.

2023 Palouse French Film Festival Ticket and Schedule Information.

For more information about the theater, check the KPAC website.


A little bit of history

This event was initiated through the collaboration between two French Professors: Sarah Nelson from the University of Idaho and Sabine Davis from Washington State University. After receiving a grant from the  Cultural Services of the French Embassy and the French Ministry of Culture in 2010, the festival made its debut on the Palouse, featuring recent French and Francophone films in French with English subtitles.

After receiving the grant for five consecutive years, the festival became an independent university event funded by the yearly financial support from both Washington State University (WSU) and the University of Idaho (U of I). In particular, the School of Languages, Cultures, and Race and the College of Arts and Sciences at Washington State University and the Department of Modern Languages & Cultures  and College of Letters, Art &Social Sciences at the University of Idaho were generous loyal donors to the festival. These institutions combined with other units at both universities, as well as personal donations from community members have contributed over $33,000 to this local film event.

The purpose of the festival was and still is two-fold: to bring French cinema to the Palouse and to offer an insight into French and Francophone culture to the students and community members in the region. Over the past twelve years, the festival has featured a total of 48 films delving into a variety of societal topics such as history, arts, gender relations, immigration, homelessness, racial tensions, religion, death, family dynamics, friendship, and love through the interpretive lens of French, Canadian, Belgian, Senegalese, Mauritanian, and Chadian film directors. Insightful introductions of the films by university faculty and community members, as well as academic discussions in classes on both U of I and WSU campuses, have provided a stimulating context in which community members and students can learn about another culture and reflect on their own.

With a total audience of over 7000 from its inception, the Palouse French Film Festival has become the highlight of the Pullman and Moscow cultural calendar in the fall!

At Washington State University:

  • School of Languages, Cultures, and Race
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • Honors College
  • International Programs
  • History Department

The Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre

The Moscow Wine Company

Kamiak Coffee

West of Paris Restaurant

At the University of Idaho

  • Department of Modern Languages & Cultures
  • College of Letters, Arts & Social Sciences
  • Martin Institute International Studies
  • International Programs Office + USAC
  • School of Journalism & Mass Media
  • Honors Program
  • Department of History
  • Department of Sociology and Anthropology
  • Program in Art & Design

Individual donors:

Joan Jones, Jim and Karen Frenzel, and two generous donors who wish to remain anonymous!