Cinéma du Réel - International documentary film festival

Regulations 2018

1. The 40th “Cinéma du réel” International Film Festival will be held in Paris at the Centre Pompidou and other venues from March 23rd to April 1st 2018. 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 and Communication (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), the Institut français, the Centre national des arts plastiques (CNAP), the Commissariat à l’égalité des territoires (CGET), the Société des auteurs, compositeurs et éditeurs de musique (SACEM, Authors’ Society) and the direction départementale de la cohésion sociale de Paris.

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.

4. The films submitted must have been completed after April 1st 2017.

5. Each film in competition will be screened three times during the festival, two of these screenings will be followed by a Q&A.

6. Only French premieres will be eligible for submission to the International Competitions. Exceptions may be made for the French repeats of films programmed in foreign festivals.
Films in the French Competition must not have been commercially released or broadcasted in France before the festival (this includes festival selection, theatrical release, National TV broadcasting and VoD release). For any other planned screenings, do not hesitate to contact us to discuss further.

7. Registration and Viewing Material
7.1 All films sent to the festival must be submitted by completing the online submission form available on the website. 
7.2 Deadlines
7.2.a – Films completed between April 1st and August 31st 2017: Online submission duly completed and viewing material to be sent and postmarked October 13th 2017 at the latest.
7.2.b – Films completed after September 1st 2017: Online submission duly completed and viewing material to be sent and postmarked November 24th 2017 at the latest. 
7.2.c – Films still under completion on November 24th 2017: Online submission duly completed on November 24th and viewing material to be sent and postmarked December 22nd 2017 at the latest. 
7.3 There is no guarantee that films registered or sent and postmarked after the above-mentioned deadlines will be previewed. 
7.4. 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.
7.5. Films sent for the pre-selection process must be in their original version and subtitled in English or French.
7.6. 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”.
7.7. 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.

8. Selection
8.1. Filmmakers having their film selected at the festival will be personally contacted.
8.2. By the end of February 2018, the official selection will be published on the festival’s website. 
8.3. The filmmakers and right-holders of the selected films agree not to withdraw the films from the Festival programme after it has been announced at the end of February 2018, and not to screen or broadcast the film in France before the end of the festival, with the exception of press or professional screenings they may organize.

9. Awards
Grand Prize of the Cinéma du réel (Grand Prix Cinéma du réel), funded by the Bpi with the support of Procirep, awarded to a film of the International Competition
Scam International Award (Prix International de la Scam), funded by the Scam, awarded to a film of the International Competition
Institut français - Louis Marcorelles Award (Prix de l’Institut français - Louis Marcorelles), funded by the Institut français, awarded to a film of the French Competition
Joris Ivens / CNAP Award (Prix Joris Ivens / CNAP), funded by Marceline Loridan-Ivens, the CNAP and the Association des Amis du Cinéma du réel, awarded to a film of the First Films International Competition
Short Film Award (Prix du Court Métrage), funded by the Bpi and supported by CinéCim, awarded to a film of the Short Films International Competition
The Youth Jury Award (Prix des Jeunes), funded by the Association Les Amis du Cinéma du réel, and supported by the Paris City Council (cross-section award)
The Library Award (Prix des Bibliothèques), funded by the Direction générale des médias et des industries culturelles, Ministry of Culture and Communication (cross-section award)
Intangible Heritage Award (Prix du Patrimoine Immatériel), awarded and funded by the Département du pilotage de la recherche et de la politique scientifique, Ministry of Culture and Communication (cross-section award)
- Original Music Award (Prix de la musique originale), funded by the Sacem, awarded by an internationally renowned composer to one of the films presented in one of the four competitive sections.
9.1. The attribution of mentions is entirely left to the discretion of the individual juries.
9.2. The award amounts are paid to the filmmakers. The festival cannot be held responsible for, or be involved in any further financial agreement resulting from the filmmakers’ contractual obligations.
9.3. 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
9.4. Films selected are invited to use the logo provided by the festival indicating their Cinéma du réel 2018 selection on promotional documents, DVDs or on the credits of the film.

10. Prints and format
10.1. The Festival has facilities to screen 16 and 35mm prints, DCP, Digital files (for further info please contact the festival staff). BluRays 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.
10.2. The screening material of the films must reach the festival end of February 2018 at the latest. No modified versions of the films will be accepted after this date.
10.3. 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.
10.4. The films of the competitive sections are provided to the festival free of charge.

11. Subtitles and versions
All films of the different competitive sections must be accessible to French and English speaking audience.
11.1. Films of the three International Competitions
- 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
11.2. Films of the French 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
- 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
11.3. 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 2018 at the latest.

12. Video library
Selected films will be included in the festival’s video library, accessible to professional accreditation holders. The Festival can moreover propose that certain submitted films that were not selected be included in its professional video library and be available for viewing during the festival, and thereafter on its premises, for researchers and programming professionals.

13. 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.

September 2017