A glimpse of historyFounded in 1988, Clair Obscur is an association which aims at promoting cinema and audiovisual productions to all audiences, all over Brittany. 1988. Based in Villejean, the northwest section of Rennes, it was born from a cinema club at the University of Rennes 2 – Faculty of letters. Clair Obscur created its main event in a city bubbling with excitement and ready for a cultural change: the Travelling festival. Today, the festival is famous all over the country and ranks among the Rennes festivals that can't be ignored.
Clair Obscur now employs 7 permanent staff and many workers in the entertainment industry. The association also trains volunteers.
Travelling Film Festival
This event put big cities of the world to the fore through the cinema production: New York (1993), Tokyo (1998), Dublin (2001), Tehran (2003), Helsinki (2005), Buenos Aires (2008), Jerusalem (2009), Mexico (2011), Brussels (2012), Tangier (2017)… The audience discovers the rich history of these cosmopolitan cities.
Created in 1999, Travelling Junior is the section dedicated to children and all audiences. It shows urban films of course, but also builds bridges between cinema and literature by inviting authors and illustrators, by organising educational workshops and recreational meetings. Travelling Junior sharpens up the curiosity of children and parents alike. It opens up their horizons. The international short films competition is the cornerstone of this event.
Film Education Clair Obscur implements workshops to teach how to appreciate and understand an image, how to develop a critical analysis of an image, a video... It organizes meetings with expert. It is also in charge of national educational projects at school.
Yearly ProgrammingAll year long, Clair Obscur presents screenings in different movie theatres which are partners (Université Rennes 2, Théâtre Lillico, Cinéville Colombier, l’Institut Franco Américain) as well as open air screenings, in the centre of the city or in the neighbourhoods.
Creations / ServiceThanks to its actions (audiovisual events, film screenings, and education to image), Clair Obscur has conceived and co-produced different creations (cine-concerts, photo shows, screenplay of a short story). It is also competent for the general organisation of events, ticketing and locating film copies.