Beginning of September, in Deauville


Since its creation in September 1975, the Festival has been the unmissable rendezvous for the return to film, with the presentation of around a hundred films and the presence of American actors and directors in Deauville. The Festival highlights the diversity of American cinema, from Hollywood productions to independent cinema films. It is open to the public and favors the meeting between cinema professionals and cinema enthusiasts.

In the 70s, Deauville's high season took place mainly in August, with the racing season. The ultimate elegance was to come on Grand Prix day, the last Sunday in August, with your suitcases in the car and drive straight from the racetrack towards Biarritz where the season continued through the first week of September. Michel d'Ornano, then mayor of Deauville, was looking for an event which would prolong this season in Deauville, and which would not involve racing or polo.
André Halimi, television director and Lionel Chouchan, writer, are proposing a festival that would honor American cinema, in order to democratize the 7th art from across the Atlantic to the French, who do not yet know it. Lucien Barrière will financially help this project in order to create: The American Cinema Festival, from September 2 to 7, 1975. The success is immediate. But spectators want more, and want to see their favorite actors in the flesh.
It was not until 1978, after much negotiation with artists, that John Travolta, Olivia Newton John and the whole team came to present the film just shot: Grease.
Since that year, the festival has continued to evolve and create sections; Films in Premieres, films in Competition, meetings with the film teams, Documentaries ... 

Contact us:
+33 (0)2 31 14 40 00

Our tourist information offices:

Residence of the Clock
Empress Eugenie wharf
14800 Deauville
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Place Jean-Mermoz
14640 Villers-sur-Mer
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32 bis avenue Michel d'Ornano
14910 Blonville-sur-Mer
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40 rue du Général Leclerc
14113 Villerville
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20 Place Lemercier
14800 Toques
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Louis Delamare Promenade
(behind the aid station)
14800 Tourgeville
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