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 15 March 2019 till 24 March 2019

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 2018 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 31st 2018: 12th October 2018.
Films completed after September 1st 2018: 25th November 2018

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


International Competition
BLUE BOY by Manuel Abramovich (AR/DE)

French Selection
BERLIN BASED by Vincent Dieutre (FR/DE)

Special Screenings
BACKYARD by Khaled Abdulwahed (pong film)

The Making of Cinema
I HAD NOWHERE TO GO by Douglas Gordon (Moneypenny Filmproduktion GmbH, Olddognewtricks)
OUR NAZI (UNSER NAZI) by Robert Kramer (DE/FR, Quasar Film)

Popular Front(s)
STILL RECORDING by Saeed Al Batal & Ghiath Ayoub (SY/LB/QA/FR/DE, Blinker Filmproduktion)
VIDEOGRAMS OF A REVOLUTION (VIDEOGRAMME EINER REVOLUTION) by Andrei Ujica and Harun Farocki (Harun Farocki Filmproduktion)


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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