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As the only francophone film festival and one of the few entirely bilingual events in Saskatchewan, Festival CINERGIE is a unique and important cultural attraction in Saskatoon. It is the perfect occasion to explore the world of local, Canadian and international francophone cinema. All chosen films are shown with English subtitles in order to allow a wider audience to experience the movies. We showcase a wide variety of genres, including dramas, comedies, thrillers, classics, new releases, and films from emerging artists.

Festival CINERGIE started in 2006 and has been occurring yearly, continuing to grow since. Founded in 1982, the Fédération des Francophones de Saskatoon is a not-for-profit Francophone cultural organization that operates Festival CINERGIEMany community, provincial, and national businesses and organizations support Festival CINERGIE each year, including the Government of Canada and Radio-Canada. To support us, see our Get Involved page.

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Festival Director
Älva Jouband-Uusitalo

Älva ("elva") Jouband-Uusitalo (they/she/he) is the director of Festival CINERGIE since 2022, but was already involved in the festival's Selection Committee a few years earlier. They are also a drag artist, who holds a BSc in Microbiology and Immunology, as well as a Minor in Anthropology, and is of French, Swedish and Tornedalian/Finnish origin. Älva speaks French, English, and Swedish, and has been based in Saskatchewan since 2012. They have been involved in Saskatoon's Fransaskois and 2S/LGBTQIA+ community for several years.

Our sincerest thanks to
our collaborators:

  • Fédération des Francophones de Saskatoon Team

  • Selection committee and festival volunteers

  • Roxy Theatre Team

  • Tournée Québec Cinéma


Very good movies! An enjoyable festival. We are pampered. Thanks to Älva and the Francophone Federation of Saskatoon.

Monique Ramage, fransaskoise

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