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Travelling Film Festival
Travelling Film Festival

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Travelling, Rennes Metropole Film Festival, has stuck to its original plan : exploring international filmmaking, discovering emerging talents, visiting behind the scenes, passing on knowledge and passion, immersing itself in foreign cultures... And pleasing audiences.

Cities-focus since 33 years...

City and cinema are closely linked. Indeed, when the Lumière Brothers held their first public film screenings, city planning was developping. More than a century later, exploring the filmmaking of a city is particularly relevant. Every day, the city asserts itself as the main framework of a changing society. Cultures are forged in the city. There are crossed destinies. Taking a look at the emerging cinema production means having a look in the cities. They inspire an unending source of scenarios. They are one of the best conveyors of observation of the contemporary world. As to cinema, it reinvents the city as a place for adventures, conflicts or meeting people... There is an array of potential universes shaped by filmmakers, decorators, directors of photography to tell remarkable stories.

With this Urba[Ciné] section, Travelling puts big cities of the world to the fore through the cinema production, like a voyage through the urban playground :

1990 > Londres - 1991 > Rome - 1992 > Berlin - 1993 > New York - 1994 > Madrid - 1995 > 100 Villes - 1996 > Montréal - 1997 > Banlieues - 1998 > Tokyo - 1999 > Villes imaginaires - 2000 > Le Caire - 2001 > Dublin - 2002 > Lisbonne - 2003 > Téhéran - 2004 > Marseille - 2005 > Helsinki - 2006 > Alger - 2007 > La Ville la nuit - 2008 > Buenos Aires - 2009 > Jérusalem - 2010 > Istanbul - 2011 > Mexico - 2012 > Bruxelles - 2013 > Edinburgh & Glasgow - 2014 > Rio - 2015 > Oslo - 2016 > Séoul - 2017 > Tanger - 2018 > Vienna - 2019 > World-cities - 2020 > Beyrouth - 2021 > Nouvelle Orléans - 2022 > Prague

In parallel to the Urba[Ciné] section, Travelling film festival proposes other unavoidable appointments:

  • A French-language short film competition and a selection of feature films appearing on France’s screens for the first time with their creators in attendance have all been included to uncover both the young cinema scene and the latest works from today’s greatest film-makers;
  • Travelling is pleased to work with the inseparable duo Musique & Cinema and offers to its public every year new creations of cine-concerts;
  • Thanks to its short film program, the Junior competition will now be accessible to pre-schoolers. This Junior section proposes a lot of movies (long and short) for every children;
  • Clair Obscur, the non-profit organization of the festival, has always demonstrated a strong interest in new developments in cinema. Travelling, has also developed workshops, movies that examine issues in digital technology;
  • The Festival's segment GoWest! presents a rich selection of film and audiovisual productions. Screenings, workshops, and meet-and-greets with professionals will be held throughout the festival. Professionals will have the opportunity to undergo training and exchange with the public, and audiences will be invited to discover a wide variety of creative productions.

The Liberté//L'Étage hall is the heart of the festival, where all festival-goers and all audiences meet.

Next Travelling film festival

1st > 7th february 2022

© Anthony Folliard - L'Atelier du Bourg

After a 2021 edition held on-line and in the classrooms, Clair Obscur is delighted to bring the Rennes Métropole Film Festival back to the hallowed halls of cinema!

The 33rd edition of Travelling will take place from 1 to 8 February 2022 and will continue its urban exploration on the lands of the Seventh Art, with the unwavering aim of attesting to the diversity of cinema and the enriching dialogues it keeps up with other arts.

We look forward to seeing you again on this new journey, to explore a city steeped in history and mystery, for an invigorating, artistic and participatory journey.  

Prague and Czech cinema

In addition to its competition for French-language short films, the flagship section Urba[ciné] will devote the heart of its programming to Czech cinema and the cinematographic imagination of the city of Prague.

Luminous, multicultural, dreamlike and inspiring, Prague has its place in every era of cinema. With its charm, preserved ancient architecture and location in the heart of Central Europe, one of the most beautiful cities in Europe has established itself as a major film location worldwide. As to Czech cinema, it opened its unique and inventive doors in the 1960s. A special place will be given to contemporary film creation as well as to the Czech New Wave (Miloš Forman, Jiří Menzel, Věra Chytilová...), at the crossroads between different forms and eras.

By turns childish and denunciatory, Czech animated film is an international reference: using an extensive palette of poetic techniques, it never fails to stir the imagination. Alongside its international short film competition, Junior, the young audience section of the festival, will echo those qualities to the delight of the youngest viewers and their parents.

Travelling will also draw you towards other lands in the world of image, across its various sections:

  • The Special Screenings – Séances spéciales, ever true to their quest to offer new gems and exclusive early releases;
  • Music & Cinema – Musique & cinéma with cinema-concert creations;
  • Digital Transformations – Mutations numériques, scouting out new digital forms;
  • Go West! – À l’Ouest ! will honour the Breton production company Stank, for an escape to Breton creativity.

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