Nouvelles Vagues

June 28 ~ July 2 2023

Festival international du Film de Biarritz | Nouvelles Vagues Festival international du Film de Biarritz | Nouvelles Vagues

June 28 ~ July 2 2023

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Nouvelles Vagues

Young people in the spotlight

Films meant to look at, and listen to, young people

Telling about the experiences of young people and trusting their vision… The new Biarritz International Film Festival’s commitment is to reveal the next gen film talents and shine a light on established directors’ work through a slate of films that are all about young people’s narratives and sense of urgency.

As they all gather for five days in the heart of the Basque Country, a jury of international artists under 35 and a jury of major international film school students will attend indoor and outdoor screenings, concerts, exhibitions and meetings with special guests together with the audience.

Film Selection: Young People in the Spotlight

Nouvelles Vagues’ mission is to shine a light on the next generation, their perspectives and their power, a place where the future is born. Young people embody the future being written today, and for the duration of the Festival, the present will be filtered through the future. Stories about characters aged 12 to 35 will be at the heart of the Festival’s program and industry events.

The festival's trophy is designed and produced by the students of Ecole Boulle.

The Festival complies with gender equality and diversities, includes local and international schools, initiates film education activities all year round, favors environmentally sustainable transportation for festival-goers and makes the various venues easily accessible for all audiences.

Biarritz, a land of cinema

The world-renowned surfing capital, the city of Biarritz also has had a long-standing history with cinema – one of the Lumière Brothers’ early screenings took place there in 1896 and Biarritz was shortlisted in 1946 to host the first edition of a major festival, which eventually relocated to Cannes.

In 1949, the “Cursed Film” Festival’s first – and only – edition took place in Biarritz – this was an anti-establishment festival instigated by Jean Cocteau and André Bazin. Biarritz also hosts a lot of film productions.

The Jurys: A unique commitment

A jury made up of international artists under 35.

A jury of major international film school students (Dakar, New York, Seoul, Paris, Biarritz).

Young people and the next generation provide a special perspective – it’s up to us to welcome them and help them get their voices heard. That’s why we created Nouvelles Vagues.
Jérome Pulis, Président

The festival's Team

Jérôme Pulis, President ~ Sandrine Brauer, Executive Director ~ Lili Hinstin, Programming Director
The Biarritz Nouvelles Vagues’ slate of films intend to break down dominant positions and pay attention to what drives the next generation. It welcomes established directors that have gone down in film history just as it bets on its future through the promotion of next gen talents.
Lili Hinstin, Programming Director
Shining a light on young people so that they enlighten us, too, is what Nouvelles Vagues is all about – a cheerful, fiery event for a unique cinematic experience.
Sandrine Brauer, Executive Director
My connection with creation goes hand in hand with my roots that go deep in my hometown, Biarritz, and the Basque Country. A genuine hub of artists, the city has a history of being cosmopolitan and open to the world.
Jérôme Pulis, President

Festival Board

  • Jérôme Pulis, Président
  • Guillaume Pépy, Secrétaire général
  • François-Xavier Menou, Trésorier
  • Ana Girardot
  • Elisha Karmitz
  • Clarisse Lacarrau
  • Anne-Florence Schmitt
  • Rosalie Varda

Members of the Board of Directors

  • Audrey Azoulay
  • Carole Bienaimé Besse
  • Carole Borotra
  • Rachida Brakni
  • Lorenzo Chammah
  • Grégoire Chertok
  • Lee-Ann Curren
  • Patricia Goldman
  • Elsa Heizmann
  • Véronique Rampazzo
  • Elisabeth Tanner
I am thrilled to welcome the brand-new Biarritz International Film Festival that is in line with my own commitment to young people and Biarritz residents. Welcoming Nouvelles Vagues is about embracing the possibilities opening up to us and supporting the film industry as we always have.
Maider Arosteguy, Mayor of Biarritz

Our Partners

Ville de Biarritz
Canal +
JC Decaux
École Boulle
Groupe Clim
Hair Rituel By Sisley
Nouvelle Aquitaine
Pass Culture
Ministère de la culture