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Premiers Plans, Angers, France

20 January - 28 January


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Premiers Plans d’Angers is an international film festival held in Northern France each January. This year marks the 36th edition of the festival which was established with the aim of discovering new filmmaking talent and highlighting the diversity of European cinema. 

Premiers Plans d’Angers 2024

Ken Loach
The British director will be honoured at the 2024 film festival.

Festival Premiers Plans 2024 will honour the work of British director Ken Loach. Films included in his retrospective include Kes; My Name Is Joe; and I, Daniel Blake.

The festival will also honour the work of French actress Isabelle Hubert, including a screening of The Piano Teacher, as well as Spanish director Carla Simón, and the sadly departed Jane Birkin.

With the Paris Olympics held this year, Premiers Plans will also focus on sport in cinema, including a screening of Tony Richardson’s classic The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner.

Premiers Plans d’Angers Competition

Approximately 100 films feature in competition at the festival in seven categories. There is also a workshop aimed at assisting filmmakers producing their first feature film.

When Is Premiers Plans d’Angers 2024?

It will be held from 20 to 28 January.

Premiers Plans
Where Is It?

It is held in the city of Angers in the Loire valley, France. Films will be screened at: Centre de Congrès Jean-Monnier; Cinémas Les 400 Coups; Pathé Angers; Grand Théâtre; La Collégiale Saint-Martin; Le Joker’s; and Le Quai CDN.


Tickets cost €8.50 per session (€6 concessions). Individual passes are also available.

Things To Do in the Loire Valley

Angers is a great place to explore the Loire Valley region, which is one of the most beautiful in France. For inspiration, try Mark Bibby Jackson’s Loire Valley Chateaux, Wine and Tapestries. Alternatively, go to the local tourism website which is full of useful information to help you plan your journey.

Further Information on the Festival

For everything else please go to the official website.


20 January
28 January


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Mark Bibby Jackson

Mark Bibby Jackson

Before setting up Travel Begins at 40, Mark was the publisher of AsiaLIFE Cambodia and a freelance travel writer. When he is not packing and unpacking his travelling bag, Mark writes novels, including To Cook A Spider and Peppered Justice. He loves walking, eating, tasting beer, isolation and arthouse movies, as well as talking to strangers on planes, buses and trains whenever possible. Most at home when not at home.

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