Cinéma du Réel - International documentary film festival

Regulations 2017

1. The 39th “Cinéma du Réel” International Film Festival will be held in Paris at the Centre Pompidou and other venues from March 24th to April 2nd 2017. The festival is organized by the Bibliothèque publique d’information (Public Information Library), The Association Les Amis du Cinéma du Réel, the Centre Pompidou, the Centre national de la recherche scientifique-Images (National Centre for Scientific Research-Images), the Comité du film ethnographique (Ethnographic Film Committee), 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), 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, the Commissariat à l’agalité des territoires, the Société des auteurs, compositeurs et éditeurs de musique (SACEM, 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 get an understanding of the festival’s editorial project by browsing through the previous year’s 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 2016.

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 for the International Competitions. Exceptions might be made for the French rerun of films programmed in foreign festivals.
Films of 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 all other type of planned screening, do not hesitate to contact us to discuss about it.

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 2016: Online submission duly completed and viewing material to be sent and postmarked October 3rd 2016 at the latest.
7.2.b – Films completed after September 1st 2016: Online submission duly completed and viewing material to be sent and postmarked November 21st 2016 at the latest. 
7.2.c – Films still under completion on November 21st 2016: Online submission duly completed on November 21st and viewing material to be sent and postmarked December 22nd 2016 at the latest. 
7.3 There is no guaranty that films registered or sent and postmarked after the above mentioned deadlines will be previewed. 
7.4. Screeners can be private downloadable links (vimeo, youtube…) or DVDs (-R if possible) to be sent to the address given at the end of the submission form. Films can also be uploaded, as a back-up, from the submission form directly onto our VoD platform accessible only to the selection committee. Accepted formats: .avi, .mp4, .mov, .mpeg, .mp3. 4GB maximum.
7.5. Films sent for the pre-selection process must be in original version and subtitled in English or French.
7.6. Mailing costs for the DVDs, as well as any related duties, charges and fees, notably shipping and customs charges, are assumed by the sender. For DVD’s sent from abroad we advise you to mention 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, the official selection will be published on the festival’s website. 
8.3. The filmmakers and right-holders of the selected films undertake not to withdraw the films from the Festival programme after it has been announced end of February 2017, 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 Award (Prix Joris Ivens), funded by Marceline Loridan-Ivens, the Cnac 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 - Cinéma du Réel (Prix des Jeunes - Cinéma du Réel), funded by the Association Les Amis du Cinéma du Réel, and supported by the Paris City Council, awarded to a film of the International Competition, or the First Films International Competition, or the French Competition
The Library Award (Prix des Bibliothèques), funded by the Direction générale des médias et des industries culturelles, Ministry of Culture and Communication, awarded to a film of the International Competition, or the First Films International Competition, or the French Competition
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, awarded to a film of the International Competition, or the First Films International Competition, or the French Competition
- 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 different 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 will have to include very clearly the logo provided corresponding to 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 2016 selection on promotional documents, DVD or on the credits of the film.

10. Prints and format
10.1. The Festival has facilities for screening 16 and 35mm prints, DCP, Digital files (for further info please contact the festival staff), BluRay, HD Cam, Beta SP, Digital Beta, HDV Cam, DV, Mini DV, DVCam and DVCPro video tape. The Festival prefers the original theatre print of the completed work. Only quality prints will be accepted.
10.2. The screening material of the films must reach the festival end of February 2017 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 subtitle print
- If the language of the film is English, the production company will be asked to provide the festival with a French subtitle 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 subtitle print
- If the language of the film is English, the production company will be asked to provide the festival with a French subtitle 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 2016 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 registration is free of charge. 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 2016