2020 regulations

  1. The 42nd Cinéma du réel International Film Festivalwill be held in Paris at the Centre Pompidou and other venues from March 13th to 22nd 2020. The festival is organized by the Bibliothèque publique d’information (Public Information Library), The Association Les Amis du Cinéma du réel, the Centre Pompidou, with the support of the French Ministry of Culture (Service of Book and Reading and Heritage Directorate), le Centre national du cinéma et de l’image animée (National Film Centre-CNC), the Ile-de-France Regional Council, the City of Paris, the Procirep Television Commission, the Société civile des auteurs multimédia (SCAM Authors’ Society).
  2. Cinéma du réel gives priority to cinematographic writing and approaches, in a broad understanding of documentary that can challenge the traditional borders of the genre, whatever the subject, length, format or form. Nonetheless we strongly insist that the Festival is not seeking news reports, current affairs programs, promotional or corporate films. We invite you to learn about the festival’s editorial line by browsing through the previous years’ selections on the website.3. The festival’s artistic direction determines the selection of films and the sections in which they will be programmed. In 2020 one International Competition and a French Selection, both including short films, feature films, first films, and, out of competition, special screenings and thematic programmes.µ
  3. The films submitted must have been completed after January 15th2019.
  4. Each film in competition will be screened twice during the festival, at least one of these screenings will be followed by a Q&A. The filmmakers’ presence is requested. The festival participates to their travelling and accommodation expenses. The film could also be part of a Cinéma du réel in regions’ or abroad programme, during or after the festival, with the right-holder’s agreement.
  5. Only French premieres will be eligible for submission to the International Competition. International and world premieres will be given priority. French minority co-productions will be included in the International competition.
    Films in the French Selection must be world premieres. French majority co-productions will be included in the French Selection.
  6. Registration and Viewing Material
    6.1 All films sent to the festival must be submitted by completing the online submission form available on the website.
    The information given in this form will be used to publish the technical details of the films on our website, press kit and catalogue. In case of selection, this information won’t be accessible and updatable after mid-February.
    6.2 Deadlines
    6.2.a – Films completed between January 15thand August 1st 2019: Online submission duly completed and viewing material to be sent September 15th 2019 at the latest.
    6.2.b – Films completed after August 1st 2019: Online submission duly completed and viewing material to be sent November 1st 2019 at the latest.
    6.2.c – Films still under completion on November 1st 2019: Online submission duly completed on November 1st and viewing material to be sent December 1st 2019 at the latest.
    6.3 There is no guarantee that films registered or sent after the above-mentioned deadlines will be previewed.
    6.4. Screeners can be private (password-protected) downloadable links (vimeo, youtube…) or DVDs (-R if possible) to be sent to the address given at the end of the submission form. 
    6.5. Films sent for the pre-selection process must be in their original version and subtitled in English or French (if spoken in another language).
    6.6. The sender assumes mailing costs for the DVDs, as well as any related duties, charges and fees, notably shipping and customs charges. For DVD’s sent from abroad we advise you to include the following on the envelope: “No commercial value. For cultural purposes only”.
    6.7. The festival keeps the viewing material for the sole purposes of documentation, promotion and viewing by professionals on its premises for a maximum period of 6 months, except for films included in the Festival’s video library, and will only return the viewing material upon formal request by the sender.
  7. Selection
    7.1. Filmmakers having their film selected at the festival will be personally contacted.
    7.2. By mid-February 2020, the official selection will be published on the festival’s website.
    7.3. The filmmakers and right-holders of the selected films agree not to withdraw the films from the Festival programme after it has been announced mid-February 2020. The filmmakers and right-holders also agree not to screen or broadcast the film in France or abroad without the agreement of the Festival’s direction, and this until after the end of the festival.
    7.4. The blurbs of the films in competition are written by the programme team of the festival, at its discretion.
  8. Awards
    – The Cinéma du reel Grand Prix(Grand Prix Cinéma du réel), funded by the Bpi with the support of Procirep
    – Scam International Award (Prix International de la Scam), funded by the Scam
    – Institut français – Louis Marcorelles Award (Prix de l’Institut français – Louis Marcorelles), funded by the Institut français
    – Joris Loridan Ivens – CNAP  Award (Prix Loridan Ivens – CNAP), funded CAPI Films and the CNAP
    – Short Film Award (Prix du Court Métrage), funded by the Bpi
    – The Youth Jury Award (Prix des Jeunes), funded by Ciné+ in broadcasting rights acquisition
    – The Library Award (Prix des Bibliothèques), funded by the Direction générale des médias et des industries culturelles, Ministry of Culture and Communication
    – Intangible Heritage Award (Prix du Patrimoine de l’Immatériel), awarded and funded by the Département du pilotage de la recherche et de la politique scientifique, Ministry of Culture and Communication
    – Original Music Award (Prix de la musique originale), funded by the Sacem, awarded by an internationally renowned composer
    Tënk Award, funded by Tënk in broadcasting rights acquisition
    Bois d’Arcy Prisoners’ Award, no financial reward
    8.1. The attribution of mentions is entirely left to the discretion of the individual juries.
    8.2. The award amounts are paid to the filmmakers, with the exception of the Youth Award and Tënk Award. The festival cannot be held responsible for, or be involved in any further financial agreement resulting from the filmmakers’ contractual obligations.
    8.3. Films awarded at Cinéma du réel are obliged to prominently include the logo provided corresponding to the award received on all promotional documents (posters, flyers, postcards, etc.) and press kits published after the festival, in the context of a theatrical release or a presentation at a festival in France and abroad. This logo will also have to appear on DVDs and on the film’s credits
    8.4. Films selected are invited to use the logo provided by the festival indicating their Cinéma du réel 2019 selection on promotional documents, DVDs and on the credits of the film.
  9. Prints and format
    9.1. The Festival has facilities to screen 16 and 35mm prints, DCP, Digital files (for further info please contact the festival staff). Blu-rays will only be accepted as back-ups. The Festival prefers the original exhibition format of the completed work. Only quality prints or digital copies will be accepted.
    9.2. The screening material of the films must reach the festival mid February 2020 at the latest. No modified versions of the films will be accepted after this date.
    9.3. The submitter is responsible for shipping costs and import fees to the festival. We will only assume the return expenses of the selected films, as well as storage and insurance expenses of the films from the time they are received until they are sent back. In case of loss or damage during this period, the Festival will assume responsibility only for the replacement value of the print at the current rate.
    9.4. The films of the competitive sections (International Competition and French Selection) and the films presented as Special Screenings are provided to the festival free of charge.
  10. Subtitles and versions
    All films of the different competitive sections must be accessible to French and English speaking audience.
    10.1. Films of the International Competition
    – If the language of the film is French, the production company will be asked to provide the festival with an English subtitled print
    – If the language of the film is English, the production company will be asked to provide the festival with a French subtitled print or with an .srt or .stl French subtitle file
    – If the language of the film is neither French nor English, the production company will be asked to provide the festival with a print subtitled in one of these languages and an .srt or .stl subtitle file in the other language
    10.2. Films of the French Selection.
    – If the language of the film is French, the production company will be asked to provide the festival with an English subtitled print
    – If the language of the film is English, the production company will be asked to provide the festival with a French subtitled print
    – If the language of the film is neither French nor English, the production company will be asked to provide the festival with a print subtitled in one of these languages and an .srt or .stl subtitle file in the other language
    10.3. All subtitle material must be sent in its final version, corresponding to the screening version of the film. The elements necessary to the electronic subtitling of the films must reach the festival on February 15th 2020 at the latest.
  11. Video libraryand VoD
    – Films selected as part of the International Competition and the French Selection will be included in the festival’s video library, accessible to professional accreditation holders. After the festival, the films of the video library will be accessible to researchers and programming professionals, in the festival’s office only.
    – The festival also has VoD partners. Film rights holders will be offered the possibility for their films to be part of these VoD programmes.
  12. Festival entry fee is 7€. No weaver will be granted. Registration is considered completed only once the fee has been received by the festival.
    This registration implies full acceptance of the terms and provisions of the present Rules and Regulations.

Should any litigation arise only the French version of the Rules and Regulations shall prevail.

August 2019