Selected International Film Festivals

Cinéma du Réel International Documentary Film Festival, Paris

Cinéma du Réel – Bibliothèque publique d’information
25 rue du Renard
75197 Paris Cedex 04
phone +33 1 44 78 45 16
fax +33 1 44 78 12 24

Artistic Director
Christian Borghino

Managing director
Quentin Richard

Year of Foundation 1979

Event Date from 13 March 2020 till 22 March 2020

Event Date

in Paris, France

International Competition

Sections International Competition; French Competition; Competition for First Feature Films; Short Film Competition; Retrospective Programme

Terms of Entry Films submitted can be short, medium or feature length documentaries; they must have been completed after January 15th 2020 and must be French premieres

Subtitles English subtitles recommended French subtitles recommended

Format 16 mm, 35 mm, DCP, Digital File

Registration Deadline Films completed between January 15th and August 1st 2019: 15th September 2019.
Films completed after August 1st 2019: 25th November 2019
Films still under completion on November 1st 2019: 1st December 2019

Fees none

Attendance Figures 25,000

Participants of the Film Industry 500 professionals: 140 producers, 40 distributors, 20 televison programme commissioners, 40 film school teachers, 80 programmers (festivals, theatres etc.), 40 officials and sponsors, 60 librarians, 80 journalists

Prizes/Awards Cinéma du Réel Grand Prize (€ 8,000), Short Film Prize (€ 2,500), Joris Ivens Prize (€ 7,000), Scam International Prize (€ 5,000), Library Award (€ 2,500), Patrimony Award (2,500), Institut Francais - Louis Marcorelles Prize, Youth Jury Award (€ 2,500), Intangible Heritage Award (€ 2,500), Original Joris Ivens Music Award

German Films

42nd International Documentary Film Festival Cinéma du Réel (13 – 22 March 2020)




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Number of Films Shown over 100 films from 32 countries

Media Coverage 80 journalists, both national and international, attended the last edition of the festival

Evaluation Cinéma du Réel has a long tradition. The festival is one of the most important documentary festivals in France. Traditionally, Cinéma du Réel which was founded by by the public library (Bibliothèque publique d’information) focuses on visual anthropology and social documentation with cinematographic qualities and a strong presence of the filmmaker’s point of view.

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