2021 Rules and regulations

Article 1
The object of the Cinéfondation, an Official Selection of the Festival de Cannes, is to present and highlight films from film schools, whether fiction or animation, that reveal talent and deserve encouragement.

Article 2
Unless a special dispensation is granted, films must comply with the following conditions in order to be selected:

  • they have been made during the 18 months preceding the Festival;
  • they have not been presented at major international festivals;
  • they do not exceed 60 minutes in running-time.

N.B.: Documentaries are not accepted.

Article 3
To submit a film, fill in the application form and upload your film online.

The registration deadline is March 26th, 2021 at the latest (by this date, the entry form must have been filled out and the film uploaded).


Article 4
Cinéfondation awards will be designated by an international jury comprising a President and a minimum of 4 personalities.

Each Jury member votes by secret ballot. Decisions will be reached by absolute majority of the votes at the first two ballots and by relative majority vote at the following ballots.

These prizes may only include one joint (ex-æquo) award. Unless a special waiver is granted, this rule cannot apply to the first prize.

Article 5
The Jury designates four awards.

The winners will receive a €15,000 grant for the First Prize, €11,250 for the Second and €7,500 for the Third as well as € 5,000 for the INA Editing Prize.

The INA Editing Prize will be awarded to the editor of the film whose name appears in the credits of the film. In case the film has been edited by several people, these persons will share the prize equally. The Jury will not award any other prize to this film.

In case of a joint award, the amount will be divided equally.

All the prizes will be paid in to the winners directly by the Cinéfondation.

The credits of the first feature film of the winners of the Cinéfondation prizes will include the mention that they have been made with the support of the Cinéfondation of the Festival de Cannes.

The winner of the INA Editing Prize will have to add both the Cinéfondation and INA logos together with the reference “INA Editing Prize 2021” to the opening credits of the film as per a model given by the INA and Cinéfondation, and thus for all its future distribution.

Article 6
The Festival de Cannes covers costs of storage and insurance of the DCPs within the boundaries of the Palais des Festivals in Cannes.

Article 7
The President of the Cinéfondation is empowered to settle all cases not covered by the present rules.

Article 8
Participation in the Festival implies acceptance of all the aforementioned regulations.

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