Unless a special dispensation is granted, a film must comply with the following conditions in order to be submitted:

  •     have been directed by a student within his/her film school curriculum;
  •     have been made during the 18 months preceding the Festival;
  •     have not been presented at major international festivals. However a film can have been shown at a festival in its country of origin;
  •     not exceed 60 minutes in running-time.


  • Films made at Junior secondary school or High school level are not accepted for selection in this section of the Festival, only films produced in the context of a Film school or Film studies department of a University are eligible.
  • Documentaries are not accepted.
  • It is possible to send a working copy of the film. When filling in the entry form, please state if it is the final version or a working version. Submission of a working copy does not allow for later submission of a final copy unless requested by the Festival;
  • Films from film schools have to be registered with La Cinef Selection and cannot be registered for the Short Film Competition.
  • Short films (from 1 to 35 min) can also be registered in the Short Film Corner: a meeting place dedicated to short films within the Festival de Cannes.
In 2022, the Cinéfondation Selection has undergone a makeover and has changed name to become La Cinef. Its mission within the Festival de Cannes remains the same.
APPLICATION DEADLINERegistrations are now open !
Please fill in the application form and upload your film online for 15th February 2023 at the latest


How to upload your film?

We accept all kinds of source files. If your film is already on your computer you can very probably upload it straigth away.

Video format requirements: 

Accepted file formats (endings): 
.MP4/ .MOV / WMV / .AVI / FLV
Recommended codecs:
H264 (high bitrate if possible: minimum 2MBit/s and Uncompressed (very large files!)
PAL or NTSC (as well as SECAM) from 720x400px up to HD material of 1920x1080px

Audio format requirements
48kHz sound PCM (only uncompressed)
AAC (if possible > 160 kBit/s)

File specifications
We only accept multiplexed files (i.e. with audio, video and subtitles in a single file). Your film file should not exceed 10 GB. The higher the resolution, the better the quality of scanning. You can upload a film with a resolution of up to 1920x1080 pixels (HD), as long as it does not exceed 10 GB. 


The selection committee will screen films:

  • WITHOUT subtitles if the original language is French or English.
  • WITH French or English subtitles for all other original languages.

For subtitled films, the subtitles must be integrated into the image.

Preparation of the film
Make sure that your film has no colour bars or any black sequences before the film starts or after it ends. Please also make sure you upload a progressive (deinterlaced) video file, without any horizontal lines across the image (an interlacing artefact known as "combing"), particularly visible during sequences with rapid movement.


Helpful information
To reencode your film in order to create a suitable film file for upload on our website, apart from traditional professional software such as Final Cut or Premiere, we recommend the user-friendly freeware programmes HandBrake & MPEG Streamclip.

Browser & Internet Connection
We recommend the use of Chrome or Firefox, but any browser should work. Caution: the heavier your file, the more you will need a very good Internet connection in order to be sure your film is uploaded properly and rapidly onto our server. If the upload does not work, please try again with a lighter encoding of your film and/or a faster and more stable Internet connection.


No registration fee is required to submit a short film to La Cinef.


You will be contacted before the official press conference.
You must supply us with a DCP (Digital Cinema Package) with a JPEG 2000 file.

The Festival de Cannes will send you all the necessary information in due time, but only if your film is selected.

2023 Rules and regulations

La Cinef

See the regulations

Registration form

To fill in or check your application, please use the online portal.


Contact us

La Cinef

Artistic Director of La Cinef Selection: Dimitra Karya

Film Department : Clarisse Robillard

5, rue Charlot - 75003 Paris - France
Tel. : +33 (0) 1 53 59 61 21