Since 1989, the Premiers Plans Film Festival takes place each year in the city of Angers, France. In 2020 its competitive sections, programs and other events attracted some 80 000 filmgoers who discussed and shared their passion of cinema with young European directors and other professionals. Through the years, the Festival has become a major meeting of European cinematographic creation, as numerous directors such as Fatih Akin, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Joachim Lafosse, Matteo Garrone, Arnaud Desplechin, Xavier Beauvois, Nick Park, Cristi Puiu, Paolo Sorrentino and Thomas Vinterberg were originally discovered in Angers with the screening of their first films.
Each year, the Official Selection presents 100 european first films divided in nine competitive sections: European first feature and short films, French first feature and short films, Diagonales (New section 2020), Student films, Animated films, Short films for kids, Films scripts- as well as four out of competition sections: Next Shots, Air numérique, My first session and From the page to the screen. The official jury and the public award the laureates with 170,000 Euros in prize.