Cinéma du réel, International documentary film Festival, 42nd edition : call for film open

The 42nd Cinéma du réel International Film Festival will 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).

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 submissions of films for the competitions of the 2020 edition of Cinéma du réel are now open.

Here are the deadlines to follow:

  • Films completed between January 15th and August 1st 2019: Online submission duly completed and viewing material to be sent September 15th 2019 at the latest.
  • Films completed after August 1st 2019: Online submission duly completed and viewing material to be sent November 1st 2019 at the latest.
  • 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.

Only French premieres will be eligible for submission to the International Competition. International and world premieres will be privileged. 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.

To submit a film please follow this link.

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