The first Sunshine Coast French Film Festival was held on May 2008. It was organised by Nicholas Clarke at the request of the Alliance Francaise Federation in Australia and with the support of the cultural attaché at the French Embassy in Canberra. There was a gala opening night, which was a sell-out, and four films were presented during one weekend.
The Nambour Arthouse Cinema was chosen as the venue because it has a good reputation as the only cinema that regularly shows foreign language films on the Sunshine Coast. The large foyer is ideal for the opening night soirée. The cinema management enthusiastically helped with many aspects of the organisation and provided advice so that the best standards were maintained and many pitfalls avoided.
A Cullen and Son, the local Peugeot dealer in Nambour, came onboard as the principal sponsor and has continued to play an increasing role in the success of the Festival.
The success of the first Festival and the feedback from audience members led to the establishment of the Alliance Francaise de la Sunshine Coast in 2008; since then the AFSC has been responsible for running of the annual French Film Festival.
The early Festivals relied heavily on support from the French Embassy. This has been reduced over recent years, which has subsequently presented the opportunity for more flexibility in the choice of films.
The Festival has gone from strength to strength over the past six years. The programming has changed so that the films presented are more recent releases and the best of current French-language cinema is brought to the Sunshine Coast.
A Cullen and Son has been joined by other sponsors who have shown their commitment by returning year after year.
Each year the AFSC committee members work very hard to ensure that the Sunshine Coast French Film Festival remains one of the cultural highlights of the Sunshine Coast.
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