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Film Festival Highlights

55th edition of The Directors’ Fortnight is organised by the French Directors’ Guild.Selections of the Cannes Film Festival (Competition, Out of competition, Un Certain Regard) and the Critics'Week are processed by distinct entities. SCHEDULES Definitive dates, times and locations of screenings during the Festival will be given to the participants in early May 2023. During the Festival, selected films may not be screened elsewhere in Cannes before their official presentation at the Directors' Fortnight, at the risk of being excluded from the event.

Awards

The Directors’ Fortnight is a non competitive section, however a film presented in the Fortnight can compete in independent Cannes prizes. Among which : All first features presented at the Directors' Fortnight are eligible for the Caméra d'Or prize, awarded during the official award ceremony of the Cannes Film Festival. The films presented at the Directors' Fortnight are also eligible for the following prizes (based on criteria set by each partner association): the SACD prize and the Europa Cinemas for feature films.The Illy award  for short and medium films.

Rules

Genre :Action Comedy War Science fiction Ethics Terror Thriller Violence Adventure Crime Family Music Love Magic Fantasy Shootout Suspense Youth Inspirational Literary Biography Western Drama others Documentary
Subject :Unlimited
Video Format :MPEG4 DCP MOV

The films screened during the Directors’ Fortnight are selected under the responsibility of the Artistic Director, appointed by the board of directors of the Film Directors’ Guild.

Selections of the Cannes Film Festival (Competition, Out of competition, Un Certain Regard) and the Critics’Week and the ACID are processed by distinct entities.

Deadlines for submissions, reception of viewing material as well as the dates for the Directors’ Fortnight could be subject to variations following the development of the health crisis.

All films that are submitted to the Directors’ Fortnight must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Films must have been made during the 12 months preceeding the 2023 Cannes film festival
  • With the exception of foreign films in their country of origin, they should not have been presented at any international festival or film event (except in the context of a film market)
  • Films must not have been shown on the Internet or broadcasted on TV or commercially released in France
  • For short films, they have to be less than 60-minutes long
  • If selected, films must be able to provide a DCP or 35mm print for the Cannes screening

Films submitted for preselection can be presented:

  • Without subtitles if the original language is French or English

  • With French or English subtitles for all other original languages

REQUIREMENTS

  • Except for special cases, all films submitted for the Directors' Fortnight must fulfill the following requirements:

    1 - Films must have been made within the 12 months preceding the 2023 Cannes film festival.

    2 - With the exception of foreign films in their country of origin, they should not have been presented at any international festival or film event (except in the context of a film market).

    3 - Films must not have been shown on the Internet or broadcasted on TV or commercially released in France.

    4 - If selected a DCP or a 35mm print will be required for the screening.

    5 – Every feature film invited to be in competition must be released theatrically in France in accordance with French legislation pertaining to media chronology rules.

Evaluation

  • Overall rating
Jury Profile
Jury Name Judge photos Jury Profile

Authorization type

    Proxy Submission

Duration (several sessions)

    55

Film Festival Features

  • Red Carpet
  • Celebrity Guest
  • Film Screen
  • Cash prize
  • Trophy
  • Copyright transactions
  • Prize
  • Certificate

Dates & Deadlines

  • 2022-11-01
    Submission start time

  • 2023-03-01
    Short Deadline

  • 2023-03-22
    Deadline

  • 2023-03-22
    Submission end time

  • 2023-04-25
    Finalist notification start time

  • 2023-04-29
    Finalist notification end time

  • 2023-05-16
    Award ceremony start time

  • 2023-05-27
    Award ceremony end time

Categories and fees

  • Feature Film
    Video length :61 - 240
    Films submitted for preselection can be presented: - Without subtitles if the original language is French or English - With French or English subtitles for all other original languages

    2023/03/22
    Deadline

    Standard: 144 Dollar

    Student: 144 Dollar

  • Short Film Or Medium Film
    Video length :0 - 60
    Films submitted for preselection can be presented: - Short and medium lenght films (running time under 60 min) - Without subtitles if the original language is French or English - With French or English subtitles for all other original languages

    2023/03/01
    Short Deadline

    Standard: 34 Dollar

    Student: 34 Dollar

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