Our festival takes place yearly in November around the time of the American Film Market in North Hollywood, California, and starting in 2025, it will take place also in France. We are engaging with members of several Official French Bureau and look forward to their participation!

We are proud to help build another cultural bridge between America and France as well as other English-speaking and French-speaking countries.

We are enthusiastic curators of great work by upcoming or already-established filmmakers and actors. Our team brings the added benefit of a cohesive supportive circle. We act as a resource for these filmmakers as we bring them together with Distribution partners. Agents and Buyers anticipate our selections for their consideration. Our festival is a celebration of access, positive exposure, and success. And, of course, we look forward to even more success to come!

All films, including documentaries and educational materials, are accepted. All scripts. We look forward to the rare pearls to show off to Literary agents such as APA.

The festival provides a truly international platform for all filmmakers reaching beyond language barriers across the globe to share understanding, work, vision, and solutions. For those screening in America, we will need English Subtitles. All digital formats are accepted at high resolution. For those screening in France, starting in 2025, we will need French Subtitles and DCP format.

We look forward to your submissions! Also, please join us at our festival where we create and promote an environment of mutual admiration and respect, to propel us toward a more understanding, humane, and harmonious world!

Our Story

03.13.23: France USA International Film Festival was launched on FilmFreeway and set to have its inaugural ceremony at The Actors Guild in Manhattan, NY

11.04.23 & 11.05.23: Inaugural Red Carpet event, screening, Filmmakers Panel,  Award Ceremony and Afterparty, (NOMAD Manhattan) New York USA 

Our Upcoming Festivals in Planning

11.16.24 & 11.17.24: Red Carpet event, screening, Filmmakers Panel,  Award Ceremony and Afterparty (NOHO Los Angeles) NORTH HOLLYWOOD ARTS DISTRICT California USA

End of Spring 2025: FRANCE

11.16.25: Red Carpet event, screening, Filmmakers Panel,  Award Ceremony, and Afterparty (NOHO Los Angeles) California USA


Every great thing starts with an idea.  The idea and dream for our film festival were born through many discussions and brainstorming sessions among French American and Francophile American persons, in the film industry, and many other people committed to the special French-American relationship. Through these discussions and subsequent planning sessions, we agreed there was a need to emphasize, nurture, and celebrate the great bond and common cultural heritage between France and America. 

Because film is one of the greatest ways to express the language of the heart and to emphasize the universal principles of liberty, equality, and fraternity; we decided a very effective way to focus on this French-American bond would be to manifest an annually recurring France USA International Film Festival!

As everyone knows, France has always held a special place in America’s heart.  France was America’s first ally in its war of independence from Great Britain.  The amazing Statue of Liberty, a generous gift from France, is arguably the greatest symbol of Freedom in America.  French culture has had an enormous impact in America in numerous areas – government, philosophy, fashion, food, architecture, diplomacy, romance, and countless others. 

Likewise, America holds a special place in French hearts, especially after coming to France’s aid in World War II and remaining one of her staunchest allies ever since. Our societies are based on similar principles and philosophical foundations.

In appreciation and celebration of our mutual admiration, the France USA International Film Festival places an emphasis on films from America France, and the French-speaking world. 

We see films as a vehicle for the vision that shows the way for global justice, education, and universal love.  Films are the storytellers of the past, present, and future.  A way to promote and share the language of the heart, be it French, English, or any language. 

We seek to celebrate storytelling along with the storytellers themselves, creating a context for networking opportunities. Our film festival provides a platform for filmmakers and recognizes their excellence.  We curate the best works for potential collaboration and distribution. And we do this all while creating a palpable atmosphere of mutual respect, affection, and yes, LOVE!   

The 2024 Film Festival and Award Ceremony
Saturday, November 16, 2024 at 6 pm
Sunday, November 17, 2024 at 6 pm

The Afterparty Celebration
Kahuna Tiki, next door to THE SHERRY
11026 Magnolia Blvd, North Hollywood, California 91601 USA
Reception immediately following the ceremony

Join us for a full weekend of activities!

Day 1
Red Carpet Entrance at 6 pm

Wine and Interviews
Screening Block 1
BREAK: Wine and Interviews 
Screening Block 2
Filmmakers Panel 

Red Carpet

Day 2
Red Carpet Entrance at 6 pm

Wine and Interviews
Screening Block 3
BREAK: Wine and Interviews 
Screening Block 4
Filmmakers Panel 

Red Carpet

Day 1 & 2
Kahuna Tiki 
Reception immediately following the ceremony
No drinks minimum
The kitchen open for personal meal orders 

The 2025 Film Festival and Award Ceremony
To be announced
The Afterparty Celebration
To be Announced, reception immediately following the ceremony

Awards and Certificates / Honorable mentions will be given to the winning Films, Actors, Actresses, Screenplay, and other categories, more to be announced as we see emerging talent in large quantity.


Festival Principals

Richard Murphy
Ex-HR Manager (Water & Power), World Humanitarian Volunteer, Writer, Actor and Producer. Helped conceptualize the Festival.

​Dana Drasser
Current beauty influencer, world traveler, and Actress. Is our Festival Producer Director In the USA and France.

Vérane Jackie Deschamps
Ex-community organizer mentor, Union affiliated Talent manager LA-NY Director Producer, and Festival Producer.

​Gerry Gershman
Chairman, CEO, World International Network. Film Distribution, FRANCE USA.

Michael Nieves
East Coast Community Organizer. 
With Influencers: Sienna Heath, Ana Boyer, Jonalee Nieves, Abe

​Our Youth Committee
Ashton Sanderson, Actor. Tyler Connor, Actor. Maria Zepeda, Actress, Published Author, Singer and Influencer.

Our France Team
Claude Deschamps, Post Management and Public relations EDF GDF 
Dennis Pothier, Management Palais des Festivals, Cannes France
Arnold Deschamps, Management Hermes, France

Our Podcast Partners & Red Carpet Team
Maria Zepeda & Sar Bear, (SOAK IT UP)
Shawn Lydell, (DYNISTY HOUR)
Miguel Rodriguez, (WASP NEST)

Festival Consultants
Jeff Clinckenbeard, SATO 48 Film Festival
Kyaw Tha Hla, SATO 48 Film Festival
CB Liffer & Francis Jay, Los Angeles Crime and Horror Film Festival, Hollywood International Diversity Film Festival
Stephen Sorrentino, Washington DC Film Festival

​Our Tech Team and Art Team: 
Emek Echo, Paul Rice, Natasha Drasser, Blake Alec Miranda, SarBear

​Special thanks in advance to:
Villa Albertine
Cultural Services French Embassy
Ministre de la Culture Francaise Rashida Dati 

… and we’re so excited to celebrate with you!

​Notre festival a lieu chaque année en novembre, à l'époque de l'American Film Market à North Hollywood, en Californie, et à partir de 2025, il aura également lieu en France. Nous dialoguons avec les membres de plusieurs Bureaux Officiels Français et attendons avec impatience leur participation !

Nous sommes fiers de contribuer à construire un autre pont culturel entre l’Amérique et la France ainsi qu’avec d’autres pays anglophones et francophones.

Nous sommes des curateurs enthousiastes d’excellents travaux de cinéastes et d’acteurs émergents ou déjà établis. Notre équipe apporte l’avantage supplémentaire d’un cercle de soutien cohérent. Nous agissons comme une ressource pour ces cinéastes en les mettant en relation avec des partenaires de distribution. Agents pour acteurs et agents de distribution attendent nos sélections pour leur considération. Notre festival est une célébration de l’accès, de l’exposition positive et du succès. Et bien sûr, nous espérons encore plus de succès à venir !

Tous les films, y compris les documentaires et le matériel pédagogique, sont acceptés. Tous les scripts. Nous attendons avec impatience les perles rares à montrer aux agents littéraires tels que APA.

Le festival offre une plate-forme véritablement internationale à tous les cinéastes du monde entier, dépassant les barrières linguistiques pour partager leur compréhension, leur travail, leur vision et leurs solutions. Pour ceux projetés en Amérique, nous aurons besoin de sous-titres anglais. Tous les formats numériques sont acceptés en haute résolution. Pour ceux projetés en France, à partir de 2025, nous aurons besoin de sous-titres français et du format DCP.

Nous attendons avec impatience vos propositions ! Rejoignez-nous également à notre festival où nous créons et promouvons un environnement d’admiration et de respect mutuels, dans le but de nous propulser vers un monde plus compréhensif, humain et harmonieux !

Festival du Film 2024 et Remise des Prix
Samedi 16 Novembre, 2024 à 18:00 hr
Dimanche 17 Novembre, 2024 à 18:00 hr

After Party Celebration
11026 Magnolia Blvd, North Hollywood, California 91601 USA
Réception immédiatement après la cérémonie

… et nous sommes ravis de célébrer avec vous !

Trophies will be available for winners only. Producers are partners with several distribution contacts worldwide. Short films submitted have a chance at being packaged for distribution and features can also be negotiated into a distribution deal. Producers are watching!

All the Finalists, Winners, Selected and Honorable Mentions will be listed on our website, which will be shared on our social media and with Influencers.

The Awards are given in the following categories:

Best Film
Best Short
Best Actress
Best Actor
Best Supporting Actress
Best Supporting Actor
Best Screenplay
Best Documentary
Best Animation
Best Experimental Film
Best Horror / Thriller

Please read these Rules & Terms carefully before you submit your film.
By submitting your film into competition in the
FRANCE USA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ( FUSAIFF ), you expressly acknowledge and agree that you shall be bound by the terms of these Rules & Terms.
FUSAIFF is open to any film completed after February 1, 2019, regardless of content, subject, or origin.
Submitting your film to the FUSAIFF is not a guarantee of selection.
All the winning films will receive an award or certificate.
We treat every filmmaker equally.

Select annual winners will be pitched to Industry, and or distribution, Amazon Prime, Netflix and other platforms.
1. Films made in languages other than English must have English subtitles.
2. The FUSAIFF reserves the right to refuse entries.
3. The FUSAIFF will not refund any fees if the filmmaker fails to submit the film in the correct category. Films submitted without the correct fees or proper submission media may be deemed ineligible at the discretion of the FUSAIFF programming director or executive director. The festival does not cover any of the expenses incurred by the filmmaker.
4. After a film has been an official selection, the filmmaker will be notified, and eventually the film will be listed on the festival website under Official Selections. The Official Selection status doesn’t mean that your film will be screened at the festival. It means that your film has been appreciated by the judges of the panel and you can use the festival logo with or without the laurels on your poster.
5. A nominee will be privately screened for the FUSAIFF judging panel, and will not be screened initially to the public.
6. A filmmaker’s submission fee will not be reimbursed if they decide to withdraw their submission. All entry fees are non-refundable.
7. FUSAIFF may without advance notice amend these Rules & Terms from time to time. Each and every such amendment shall become effective immediately. It is your responsibility to periodically check for updates of these Rules & Terms.

Overall Rating
  • Aleksandr Tretiakevich

    I want to thank the entire team of the France USA International Film Festival for the fact that my film The Tableherder participated in the official program of the Film Festival. It's a great honor for me. I would especially like to thank Mrs. Verane Jackie Deschamps and Mrs. Dana Drasser for their attention and support. This is very important to me!

    January 2024

    It is a great festival for filmmakers and their works. I was honored to have my film received an honorary mention at this festival. I urge you not to miss this festival.

    January 2024
  • Richard Van Kleeck

    This new festival is very professionally run with very responsive communication. I was honored to have my film "Fleeting Reality" selected for this festival. I see a bright future for this endeavor.

    November 2023
  • Virginie Balabaud

    I'm verry happy and glad to be part of the France USA International Film Festival 2023 ! My documentary " Little piles of things 1 & 2" received the Award of the Best Documentary ! I'm really grateful for this recognition. The team is super organised and friendly. Is such a joy to work with them.

    November 2023
  • ahLoong _

    France USA International Film Festival is a very well organised festival:-) They are super nice people with excellent communication team for small film maker like me. I'm surprised that this is their 1st festival & it clearly shown how passionate they are! Thank you for all the love & support :-)

    November 2023