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How do I submit a film to the fesitval?
The core rules for festival consideration are:
- Films that have been produced during the twelve months preceding the festival
- Films whose exhibition has been limited only to their country of origin
- Films that have not been presented in any other competition or otherwise exhibited in any motion picture event, or on the Internet
- Films that respect the aims of the festival as defined in Article 1 of the festival rules: "The spirit of the Festival de Cannes is one of friendship and universal cooperation. Its aim is to reveal and focus attention on works of quality in order to contribute to the progress of the motion picture arts and to encourage the development of the film industry throughout the world."
- For short films, the running time must not exceed 15 minutes in total (including credits).
(Note that there are no separate programmes for documentaries or animated films at the Cannes Film Festival)
In addition to these rules, films which are accepted into the festival must have a 35mm print or a DCP copy available, and must be subtitled in French or English, depending on the original language of the film. All print, conversion, and subtitling costs must be met by the film's producer (or appropriate representative).
Due to the expense and level of complexity involved in screening a film in one of the official programs at Cannes, most submissions are managed by the film's sales agent and/or publicist (you really need both for a successful festival). Occasionally, festival submissions may also be co-ordinated by a country’s national film commission or equivalent organisation.
If you're thinking about submitting your film for consideration, you should work with your sales agent or get in touch with your local film office for more information on what support is available to filmmakers from your country.
Submissions are normally open January - March each year. More information about deadlines and film submission can be found at the festival's web site.
For the full run-down on attending the Cannes Film Festival, make sure you pick up a copy of Cannes - A Festival Virgin's Guide.
By Benjamin Craig