Born in Paris, Arnaud Gourmelen started working for film festivals in programming departments (Brest, Biarritz, Pantin film festivals). In 2005, he became Head of programming of Angers Film festival -Premiers Plans- where he kept on discovering new filmmakers from all over Europe. Besides, he curated many retrospectives, for example dedicated to Aki Kaurismäki, Pier Paolo Pasolini
and Agnès Varda. From 2011 to 2018, he was part of the selection committee of the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight. Apart from the Angers festival, he now also works also as an international consultant and program delegate for several international festivals (Karlovy Vary, Brussels and Zurich). He organizes the Angers Workshop every summer as well.