Young Audience Program (YAP)

An education outreach initiative that offers students in the tri-state area the unique opportunity to attend award-winning performances and films selected for their artistic excellence and connection to French and Francophone cultures.

Open to All Students: French as well as non-French speakers from K to 12th grade.

Free for Public Schools: Tickets are always free for public and charter schools and affordable for others ($5 per student for films, $8 per student for performances, free for chaperones).

Daytime Performances: Events take place in FIAF’s 360-seat theater on weekday mornings, to suit school schedules.

Post-Show Discussions: After each event, students participate in an interactive Q&A session with the artists, which helps them build a stronger comprehension of the arts.

Study Guides: Committed to creating impactful and long-lasting experiences for students, FIAF helps educators prepare their classes through study guides, which include detailed content about the event and suggestions for pre-/post-event activities.

2019-2020 SEASON

Young Audience Program

A Cat in Paris

Directed by Jean-Loup Felicioli and Alain Gagnol

Film

Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at 11am
Introduced and followed by a Q&A with Hsiang Chin Moe,
Chair of Animation at School of Visual Arts

FIAF Florence Gould Hall

Grades 2–8 • 65 min • In French with English subtitles

SOLD OUT

This Academy Award–nominated adventure film tells the story of a young Parisian girl whose cat leads her to unravel a thrilling mystery over the course of a single evening. A unique mix of genres, this animated film is a wonderfully hand-drawn caper set in a highly stylized and vibrant Paris. Hsiang Chin Moe, Chair of Animation at School of Visual Arts, will speak post performance.

Young Audience Program

Little Lion

Directed by Samuel Collardey

Film

Tuesday, November 19, 2019 at 11am
Followed by a Q&A with a special guest

FIAF Florence Gould Hall

Grades 9 & up • 102 min • In French with English subtitles

Mitri is a talented footballer who dreams of leaving Senegal and playing for one of the big European clubs. But when his dream comes true, the reality is far from what he expected and Mitri must embark on an odyssey requiring all of his cunning. Set within France’s competitive soccer leagues, the film is a poignant coming of age story as well as an insightful portrait of French society.

Young Audience Program

The Tragedy of Dido

Created by Juliette Deschamps

Performance

Friday, December 6, 2019 at 11am
Followed by a Q&A with Juliette Deschamps

FIAF Florence Gould Hall

Grades 5 & up • 60 min

Mixing captivating video projection, live jazz music, and powerful storytelling, this exceptional performance paints an extraordinary portrait of Queen Dido, the legendary founder of Carthage. The film features young residents of Tunis’s underprivileged neighborhoods and offers a unique opportunity to introduce students to Tunisia’s multi-layered cultural heritage.

Young Audience Program

The Painting

Directed by Jean-François Laguionie

Film

Friday, February 7, 2020 at 11am
Followed by a Q&A with a special guest

FIAF Florence Gould Hall

Grades 3–8 • 76 min • In French with English subtitles

In this charming movie animated in sumptuous style, the world is an unfinished canvas populated by characters who go in search of their creator. This briskly paced French production deals with themes of identity and imagination in a gorgeous animation and lively action.

Young Audience Program

Swagger

Directed by Olivier Babinet

Film

Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at 11am
Followed by a Q&A with a special guest

FIAF Florence Gould Hall

Grades 9 & up • 84 min • In French with English subtitles

A poetic and funny documentary, Swagger carries us into the astonishing minds of 11 teenagers growing up in one of the most underprivileged suburbs around Paris, France. Despite their life difficulties these kids have dreams and ambitions. And no one will take that from them!

Young Audience Program

People of Earth

Featuring Joana Obieta and Ashira IsLove

Music

Thursday, April 30, 2020 at 11am
Followed by a Q&A with the musicians

FIAF Florence Gould Hall

All grades • 60 min

SOLD OUT

People of Earth will perform original music from their dynamic repertoire of pan-Caribbean music, lead interactive activities, and share personal stories of exploration and cultural connection within the Francophone world and the Americas. The concert will transport students into a unique musical world!

Young Audience Program

Tomorrow

Directed by Cyril Dion and Mélanie Laurent

Film

Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at 11am
Followed by a Q&A with a special guest

FIAF Florence Gould Hall

Grades 6 & up • 115 min • In French with English subtitles

In this engaging César-winning documentary, ecological rights advocate Cyril Dion and actress-filmmaker Mélanie Laurent take us on a journey to meet the pioneers who are re-inventing agriculture, energy, democracy, and education. The film gives us a hopeful glimpse of what tomorrow’s world could be.

Young Audience Program

She No Princess, He No Hero

Conception and direction by Johanny Bert

In-School Performances

Date of your choice!

Grades 2–7 • In English • 70 mins

An intimate story told through the voices of two children who rebel against gender stereotypes and societal expectations, She No Princess, He No Hero engages students with contemporary issues, while exposing them to international artistic creation and inter-cultural dialogue.