Alliance Française of Washington, DC will be closed from 01/18/2020 to 01/21/2020 in observance of MLK Day. Our office will open on Tuesday, 01/22/2020 at 8:30 AM.

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    FILM SCREENING, Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché

    Friday 24th January 2020 — 6:30pm to 9:30pm

    Following our first French-language Film Festival in November 2019, about Women Filmmakers, AFDC is honored to present a fabulous documentary about Alice Guy-Blanché, the first-ever French woman movie director, a “pivotal figure in the history of film” who single-handedly invented narrative cinema and many cinema techniques, such as colorizing and synchronized sound. Narrated by Jodie Foster and produced by Robert Redford.

    Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché made its festival debut at Cannes 2018 to a standing ovation, and then was seen at the Deauville, Telluride, BFI London, and New York Film Festivals among others. It opened in Los Angeles and New York in April and is now screening nationwide. 


    When Alice Guy-Blaché completed her first film in 1896 Paris, she was not only the first female filmmaker but one of the first directors ever to make a narrative film. Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché follows her rise from Gaumont secretary to her appointment as head of the production a year later, and her subsequent illustrious 20-year career in France and in the United States, as the founder of her own studio and as writer, director, and/or producer of 1,000 films—after which she was veritably erased from history. Until now... 

    Happy Hour at 6:30. The screening will start at 7:00 pm.

    Film in French & English with English subtitles.

    Check out the trailer here

    AFDC Member & Culture Pass: FREE

    General Admission: $10 + Eventbrite fee


  • Art & Wine Pairing Event, 02/07

    Art & French Wine Pairing Event

    Friday 7th February 2020 — 7:00pm to 9:00pm

    Exceptional event appealing to all your senses with artist and wine lover Anna Katalkina. She will discuss how a painting inspires her when choosing a wine. 

    This event will be in English.

    AFDC Member / Culture Pass: $35 + Processing Fees.

    General Admission: $45 + Processing Fees


  • Children's Open House

    DECEMBER 14, 9:00am-12:30pm:

    Please RSVP here !

    Bienvenue! You are invited to the Alliance Française to discover our programs for children from 1 to 18-years-old! Visit our beautiful building and classrooms dedicated to babies and toddlers. Meet our experienced teachers, native speakers trained to teach French in full immersion. Listen to a few songs in our warm and welcoming library and introduce your child to French and francophone culture through a comic books, novels and movies. Children can also attend one of our mini-classes to get a taste for French language classes at the Alliance. And for those who are interested in registering, placement tests will be available for classes beginning in January.

    Below is the schedule for events happening in the library during the Open House:

    • Heure du Conte : 10am--10:30am
    • Do Re Mi, les amis Sing along : 10:45am--11:30am

    Free event, but please RSVP !

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  • Adult Placement Test Information

    Placement Test Information

    Not sure what your level of French is?  Do the free placement test online or join us for one of our on-site placement test nights!             Take the Placement Test now

    The next Placement Test Night will be on November 20 from 5:30 to 9:00 pm for the Adult Winter Session  The evening is open house style so come take the test (typically ~20 minutes for the written part), meet the staff, and enjoy refreshments after.

    Register for Placement Test Night


  • Boot Camps

    Boot Camps at AFDC


    Come join us at AFDC and fine-tune your grammar in these three-hour review sessions.  Each Boot Camp review will take place twice, once in the morning and once in the evening so you can't miss out!  These Boot Camps are intended as a review for certain aspects of French grammar, so pick and choose what you need help with!

  • Private Classes

    Private Classes

    The Alliance Française de Washington provides customized private one-on-one and semi-private instruction on-site and off-site, as well as Skype lessons with fully qualified French teachers. Start at any time and benefit from flexible scheduling and personalized instruction.

    Submit request form for adult private classes. Learn more about our adult private classes. Learn more about kids & teens private classes here.

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