Article 1

The Festival Residence accommodates young foreign filmmakers not residing in France who have directed one or several short films, or even a first feature film, and who are working on a first (or second) feature film project (fiction only no animation).

Applicants must be under 40 years of age.


Co-directed projects are accepted, but if the project is selected, only one person will be invited to join the program. The choice of the person must be made at the time of registration.


Two sessions take place each year.
The duration of each session is of four-and-a-half months.

The filmmakers selected commit themselves to living at the Residence for the complete duration of the session.


Article 2

Submission for the next selection (Session March 2 to July 15, 2020) is open. The dead line to register is August 26, 2019.

 Article 3

Are to be sent by e-mail :

  • script or a 10 pages minimum treatment of your feature film project in progress (at the moment of application)
  • synopsis
  • intention note (artistic vision, and choice of the story statement)
  • resume (Curriculum Vitae)
  • copy of your passport
  • link for the viewing of the film the most representative of your work (fiction and documentary only). Don't send more than one film.


VERY IMPORTANT : all the above must be sent in a single document (PDF format), except for the link for the viewing of your work to be send in a separate word document or in the message (not in the PDF format)

Film made in a language other than French or English must be subtitled in French or English, or, at the very least, be accompanied by a list of dialogues in French or English.
A confirmation e-mail will be sent to the candidate as soon as the file is registered (not when the e-mail is received).

Incomplete applications will not be examined by the jury.


Article 4

The preliminary jury, that establishes the shortlist of potential candidates, is comprised of at least 3 personalities from the world of film. The preliminary jury examines applications and views the films that have been sent by applicants so as to establish the shortlist of candidates. The preliminary jury may establish a shortlist of up to 12 candidates and may decide some must be interviewed by the final jury. This hearing will take place by videoconference.

All candidates must be fluent in English or in French.

Candidates will be informed of the result of the preliminary jury mid-November.

Article 5

Except in the case of special dispensation the final jury comprises 5 members. It is presided by Gilles Jacob, President of the Cinefondation.
The jury examines the applications and watches the films of all the shortlist candidates. It evaluates the candidates according to the filmmaking qualities found in the films already made, the merit of the feature film project and the candidate's reasons for participating in the Residence's programme.
The jury designates the 6 selected candidates. Decisions are made according to relative majority of votes.

Article 6

If any selected candidate in unable to participate in the session, the jury may replace them by another shortlist candidate.



You have read the rules and regulations and wish to submit for the next session?

Dead line to register August 26, 2019.

Fill out the application form



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