About us

The Team


Cinéma du réel – Bibliothèque publique d’information
25 rue du Renard – 75197 Paris Cedex 04 – France
Tél : +33 (0)1 44 78 45 16 / Fax : +33 (0)1 44 78 12 24
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General Delegate and Artistic Director: Catherine Bizern
– Artistic Direction Coordinator: Christian Borghino
– Selection and debate coordination : Olivia Cooper-Hadjian
– Programme and publications Assistant: Clémence Arrivé
– Debate 
Assitant: Elina Chared

– Managing Director: Quentin Richard
– Administration and Partnership: Jérôme Chevrier
– Administration and Partnership assistant: Camille Chartier

Production Manager: Philippe Guillaume
– Print Traffic and Subtitling Coordinator:
Bianca Mitteregger
– Production assistant: Julie Milhade

– Press Officer: Catherine Giraud with support from Audrey Grimaud
– Communication Officer: Charlotte Forbras
– Press and Communication Assistant : Thelma Klébert
– Community Management: RED5

– Heads of ParisDOC : Anaïs Desrieux and Cécile Cadoux
– ParisDOC Assistant: Amaïllia Bordet

– Outreach Coordinator: Suzanne de Lacotte
– Outreach Assistant: Nina Cohen

– Guestoffice Coordinator: Mathilde Carteau
– Guestoffice Assistant: Vittoria Leardini
– In charge of accréditations: Laura Lariven

– In charge of the videotheque: Adrien Gavignet

In charge of the “Festival Parlé”: Alice Leroy

International Jury and Librarian Jury secretary: Rina Kenović Rotberg
Feature Film secretary: Osyeiny Montero
 Young Jury and Short Film Jury secretary: Olia Verriopoulou

Photographs : Dao Bacon and Léa Rener

Drivers : Patrick Gomez and Karim Nait Mamar

Architect : Laurence Lebris
– Subtitler : Cinécim


–  Carine Bernasconi
Olivia Cooper-Hadjian
Jérôme Momcilovic
Antoine Thirion


–  Lorenzo Esposito
Donsaron Kovitvanitcha
Susana Santos Rodrigues


In 1978, the 3rd Rencontres internationales du cinéma direct “Human looks at human”, created and launched by Jacques Willemont and his journal IMPACT, were held at the Centre Pompidou.

In 1979, the Bibliothèque publique d’information (Public information library) created Cinéma du réel, an international festivalfor ethnographic and sociological films, at the Centre Pompidou, with support from the C.N.R.S. (French national center for research) and the Comité du film ethnographique (Ethnographic film committee), in order to promote documentary cinema.

The event is organized by the Bibliothèque publique d’information  partnered by the association Les Amis du Cinéma du réel (Friends of the Cinéma du réel), created in 1984.

The festival mixes documentaries, essays and experimental films in selections that reflect a diversity of genres and different forms of cinematic approach to the world. It has become one of the rare festivals to highlight heritage films and look back at the different genres, but at the same time it also creates a dialogue between these and contemporary creation.

While discovering young talents, Cinéma du réel also keeps an eye on experienced filmmakers, screening both their most recent and earlier works. The festival has thus helped to give international visibility to many directors who are now familiar to the general public.