Discover the International Film Festival of La Rochelle with the 2020 Donald Hoffman Memorial Grant! [fr]

This year, the Donald Hoffman Memorial Grant will support one Louisiana student or young professional’s participation in the CultureLab Program of the Festival International du Film de La Rochelle in France.


Program cost (which includes accommodation, meals, accreditation, classes, activities, and on-site transportation for 12 days) and a portion of airfare fees will be covered.


Louisiana students and young professionals (aged 18-30) with at least at DELF B1 level of French and an interest in culture and cinema are encouraged to apply.

How to apply:

Download application form and submit with resume to by Monday, March 20, 2020.
Three finalists will be selected for an in-person interview conducted in French at the Consulate General of France in New Orleans, which will take place between March 23 and March 27. The winner will be announced on March 30, 2020.

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About the Program:

Established by the French Institute, each year the CultureLab program welcomes 15 students and young professionals with cultural and cinematographic backgrounds from all over the world to discover the Festival International du Film de La Rochelle (from June 25 - July 6, 2020).

Since 2013, the Festival has collaborated with the Auberge Jeunesse de La Rochelle (youth hostel) to prepare an immersive 10-day program for CultureLab participants which includes:

- Screenings
- Creating video reports
- Critique classes
- Guided tours
- Writing and publishing articles for local media
- Cultural and touristic activities
- Behind to scenes access to festival organization
- Exclusive meetings with distributors, producers, filmmakers

Participants will have the opportunity to develop their professional and linguistic skills, as well as their cinematographic culture.

Azerbaijan, Brazil, Canada, Ghana, Iraq, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Kosovo, Lithuania, Libya, Malta, Montenegro, Morocco, Russia, South Korea, Thailand, Turkey, and Ukraine participated in previous editions.
Their Impressions about it :

About the Grant:

This grant was created in memory of Donald Hoffman, who founded the French-American Chamber of Commerce-Gulf Coast Chapter. The FACC Gulf Coast’s mission is to promote and support economic and cultural relations between France, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.

Last modified on 10/03/2020

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