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Revealing new European directors through a selection of a hundred first films, this is one of the main objective of the Festival.


Young European filmmakers are invited to Angers to present their first films to the audience, industry professionals and press. More than 70 films are screened in 6 official categories: European and French short or feature films, European student films and European animated films. 170.000 Euros in awards are given out by juries and the public at the end of the festival.
Feature films (european et french)
Short films (european et french)
Student films
Animated films
hors competition

Out of competition

A selection of films out of competition is presented in four categories : Free Style, a selection of the first works made without restrictions, Next Shots, films that were made by filmmakers discovered at Premiers Plans, Panorama fémis (selection of school films).

Public readings of French scripts

Since 1991, the Festival Premiers Plans has introduced audiences to the work of young screenwriters with the readings of French scripts for first features. Each year, screenplays are selected and read in public (before the film is directed) by professional actors. (Free admission)


The details of the 170,000 Euros in awards.



The composition of the official jury.

The Festival give the opportunity to discover film history and heritage thanks to retrospectives on national cinematographies, tributes to major and unrecognized authors and actors, programmes on specific themes.


A tribute to the Belgian directors who since the end of the 1970s have created a rigorous body of work combining individual destinies and social realities, with audacious positions in terms of directing and production. In attendance


An exploration of genre cinema, the popular repertoire aimed at a broad audience, and regularly resonating with the troubled history of Italy in the 1960s and 70s.


On stage with Bella Figura by Yasmina Reza and on screen with several of her films. In attendance

Taking on authority

What is the relationship an individual has with authority? How do they exercise it, contest it, overturn it, take it or even refuse it …?

Animated Poland

Programmes of short films for 3-year-olds up showing the richness and diversity of Polish animation.


Focus on the deeply universal spearhead of new Romanian cinema. In attendance.


Focus on a director who from her beginnings has been a new voice in British cinema. In attendance.

Details of the films screened during the opening and closing ceremonies, sneak previews and special screenings are announced in early-January.