Festival 2019

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.

The association Les Amis de Cinéma du Réel was created in 1984 under Joris Ivens honorary presidency. It helps the Bibliothèque publique d’information organizing the festival.

The association is supported and subsidized by the National Film Board, the Ministry of Culture and Communication (Direction Générale des Médias et des Industries Culturelles, Direction Générale des Patrimoines), The Conseil Régional d’Île-de-France, Paris Townhall, The Institut français, INA, CGET, the Procirep TV Committee, Scam,  Sacem and CNAP.

It is active through a network of French and foreign correspondents.

– Members of honnor: Margot Benacerraf, † Freddy Buache, Pankaj Butalia, Danielle Chantereau, Bob Connolly, Judit Elek, Suzette Glénadel,  Helena Koder, Michel Melot, Marie-Christine de Navacelle, Pedro Pimenta, † Yolande Simard-Perrault, Mario Simondi, Frederick Wiseman, Colin Young.

– Co-chairwomen: Rébecca Houzel (Producer) – Mariana Otero (Filmmaker)


Cinéma du réel – Bibliothèque publique d’information
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General Delegate and Artistic Director: Catherine Bizern
Artistic Direction Coordinator: Christian Borghino
Selection and debate coordination: Olivia Cooper-Hadjian

Managing Director: Laure Tarnaud
Administration and Partnership: Katya Laraison

Production Director: Philippe Guillaume
Print Traffic and Subtitling Coordinator: Bianca Mitteregger

Press Officer: Catherine Giraud with support from Audrey Grimaud
Communication Officer: Charlotte Forbras
Press and Communication Assistant: Sasha Bernède
DTP Assistant: Mathias Mary
Community Management : RED5

Heads of ParisDOC: Anaïs Desrieux et Cécile Cadoux

Outreach Coordinator: Suzanne de Lacotte

In charge of accréditations: Solène Moreau

In charge of the “Festival Parlé”: Alice Leroy

In charge of the programme “First window”: Clémence Arrivé

Selection committee:
Clémence Arrivé
Olivia Cooper-Hadjian
Jérôme Momcilovic
Antoine Thirion

Photographer: Léa Rener

VOSTAO subtitling: François Minaudier, Jean-Manuel Fernandez, David Bernagout

Editors: Clémence Arrivé, Catherine Bizern, Olivia Cooper-Hadjian, Alice Leroy, Jérôme Momcilovic, Antoine Thirion

Translations: Gill Gladstone, Olivier Borre

Interpreters: Armelle Chrétien, Assia Turquier Zauberman, Léa Le Dimna

Architect: Laurence Le Bris

Graphic design : Hartland Villa

Trailer : Hartland Villa