Lumière festival


The spirit of the festival:

The Lumière film festival is a worldwide event dedicated to classic cinema. Every October in Lyon, the birthplace of the Lumière Cinematograph, the world of cinema celebrates its vitality and heritage through a contemporary journey to the works of the past (restored films, retrospectives, guests, tributes, film-concerts...). Thanks to all the movie theatres and venues in Lyon and its metropolitan area, the festival radiates throughout the city and beyond, reaching a wide audience.

Each of the nearly 450 screenings are introduced by actresses, actors, filmmakers, film critics or by members of the festival team.

The Lumière Award is presented every year to a personality of the cinema for his or her entire body of work. In 2023, Wim Wenders has received the Lumière Award and succeeds Tim Burton, Jane Campion, Jean-Pierre et Luc Dardenne, Francis Ford Coppola, Jane Fonda, Wong Kar-wai, Catherine Deneuve, Martin Scorsese, Pedro Almodovar, Quentin Tarantino, Ken Loach, Gérard Depardieu, Milos Forman and Clint Eastwood.

Retrospectives dedicated to great filmmakers who have made or are still making cinema history, of all genres and all eras.

Invitations to actresses and actors, filmmakers, film music composers.

Restored prints on the big screen in the theater:  See films in the best conditions.

Huge film screenings at the Halle Tony Garnier, the Auditorium of Lyon and the Conference Center.

A discovery of silent cinema with cinema concerts.

Master classes and the opportunity of special encounters thanks to the festival guests. 

Exhibitions and the cinema and photography fair.

Places to get together: the Village festival in the Institut Lumière Park and a mâchon at a restaurant in Lyon! 

A rendezvous for professionals: the International Classic Film Market.

A festival for all, inclusive of everyone: hospitalized children, inmates, those in reintegration programs, schoolchildren...

The Lumière festival is made possible thanks to the Metropolis of Lyon, the Auvergne Rhône-Alpes Region and the CNC, and is supported by the City of Lyon and the Ministry of Culture and Communication. It also receives support from private partners, who are both loyal and receptive to the endeavors the of Lumière festival; we particularly thank our official partners: BNP Paribas, Dessange, Casino Le Pharaon, le Groupe Adéquat, Chanel and OCS.




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