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The catering commission plays a key role in financing the association. Apart from the management of the supply and preparation of dishes during the festival, her members perform upstream, throughout the year, substantive work to reconcile quality, variety of products, financial and technical contingencies. They create the menus, determine the recipes and quantities needed, prospect new suppliers and taste the products. Through their satisfaction surveys with festival-goers, we know that overall our culinary services are highly appreciated. However, the exponential attendance of the cafeteria requires an increasingly complex and precise organization.


The communication commission works on the very image of the association and the festival. It gets in touch with the press and communicates towards the institutions, the members of the association and more broadly to the lesbian and feminist audience, all those who could come (or return) to the festival ... This commission draws up and makes all the communication media for the association's events (newsletter, press kit, flyers and posters for the festival, Tea dance, Cineffable Hors les Murs, ...); then it ensures their dissemination via digital platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, website, ...) and by going to various places (stand at the "Printemps des associations", flyers and posters in bars, presentation to the Paris LGBT Center, ...). Her members are also looking for partners to support the festival and organize visibility exchanges.
Other tasks include: the making of the trailer of the festival shown before each screening and which introduces our partners, the management of the bookings of stands and their setting up during the festival, the making of the festival catalog and the website administration.


The concert commission deals with the organization of the opening night concert by finding an artist or a women's band likely to perform in the first part of the opening session. Her members manage the administrative part (signature of contract) and transmits to the technical commission the needed information (sound, lighting, ...) for the preparation of the concert.

Debates / Workshops

Two main tasks fall to the Debates / Workshops commission:


The exhibit commission is a team united by the desire to discover original, sensitive, innovative, political (or not) creations, whatever the format. The work consists in organizing an exhibit during the festival. For this, each year her members write a specific call for projects, select the works and performances that will be presented, and ensure the installation and animation of the exhibit during the festival. Any artist wishing to have her piece exhibited is invited to submit her work to the commission.


The main objective of the finance commission is to maintain the financial solvability while keeping the prices at the lowest level possible to allow everybody to participate in the festival. This commission has three different phases of activity: during the year, her members must prepare a budget, follow requests for quotations and orders, and determine the prices in contact with the different commissions while continuously doing the accounts. Shortly before the festival they prepare the documents used in the treasury and the necessary equipment. During the festival, they work from 9 to midnight. After the festival they keep on paying invoices, doing the accounts, to finally close them for the year. And after that? Start again with the budgeting process.


The work of the programming commission spans the whole year: look for films, select them, negotiate prices, prepare the schedule of events, transmit information to the other commissions, make sure the films make it on time for the festival, welcome the film directors and introduce the movies at the beginning of the screening. The members of this commission split the films by territory. They look for films shot by women, with a special effort to have geographical diversity so we give the opportunity to express them-selves to people we seldom hear from. The priority is given to quality (of course) lesbian films but also to feminist films that touch us. Speak English is a big plus. Speaking one or more other languages can also be very useful.


The technical commission manages the rental, installation and removal of the material and deals with the projection of the films during the festival. Her members also supervises the audio checking of the concert, as well as the rehearsals as part of live shows. The technical commission is one of the key commissions of the festival since without it no films would be shown. Two specificities sets it aside from the other commissions: its effort is produces mainly during the festival (but then it is non-stop) and it's invisible to the festival goers since as anybody knows, movies simply appear on the screen just by magic! Now well established in the digital era, the projection requires a certain mastery of the computer tool.

Translation / Sub-titles

The translation commission sub-titles all films, either by translating films into foreign languages (polyglots welcome!), or by adapting French-language films for the deaf and hard of hearing audience (so speaking French is enough to join this commission). Her members also translate other contents (catalog, website, ...). They work mainly after the selection, that is from July to October. After having used a "live" homemade subtitling system for several years, translators are now using a closed captioning software that, in the end, automatically synchronizes subtitles and films and thus freeing us from any manual intervention. A training to use this software is organized during the year.