An IMDb qualifier’s, Cannes 7th Art Awards is consolidating Independent filmmakers from around the world for the discovery of new cinema talent.

The heart of the festival of each edition will be our reach with an extraordinary cinematographic program on the festival-land of Cannes, on the French Riviera.
Submissions are open for short and full-length films in the feature, documentary, animation, experimental, and music videos categories.

The festival takes place every fall at the Espace Miramar Cannes, at the corner of the Croisette and the Pasteur street, between the luxury hotels Carlton and Martinez.
The Espace Miramar Cannes is a privileged place for international cultural events. Various famous events take place here throughout the year, such as the Semaine de la critique, the Actor’s performance festival, P'tits Cannes à You, the annual Cannes Cinéma film program, Canneseries.

You will find the Cannes 7th Art Awards booth at the Film Market of the Cannes Film Festival 2023 in the Palace-1

All films of the finalists will compete for awards in the following categories of nominations:

International Award:

Best Director
Best Cinematography
Best Composer
Best Actress
Best Actor
Grand Prize Short Film
Grand Prize Feature Film
Grand Prize Animation
Grand Prize Documentary
Grand Prize Experimental Film
Grand Prize Music Video
Grand Prize Student Film
Audience Prize
Young Audience Prize

National French Award:

Grand Prize Short Film
Grand Prize Feature Film
Grand Prize Animation
Grand Prize Documentary
Grand Prize Experimental Film
Grand Prize Music Video

Silk Road Award (Silk Road's Countries):

Grand Prize Short Film
Grand Prize Feature Film
Grand Prize Animation
Grand Prize Documentary
Grand Prize Experimental Film
Grand Prize Music Video

We do not provide a fee waiver.
We do not accept:
1. Amateur videos, promo videos;
2. Films with a poor production quality: bad sound, bad montage, lack of subtitles for non-English films, video resolution less than 720p HD;
3. Extremist or propaganda content from religious or political organizations, as well as pornographic films

For all Categories:

1. Attending this competition implies acceptance of its rules and its decision, which is final, and the waiver of any claims;
2. Submissions are accepted through FilmFreeway;
3. Submission fee's are nonrefundable;
4. The organization of Cannes International Independent Film Festival accepts no legal responsibility for the films in competition and its contents;
5. Submitting your film does not guarantee festival acceptance or screening. Acceptance into the competition does not guarantee award or prize.
6. All films must be presented in their original language with English subtitle. However, once a film will accepted for the screening, it must abide to the following rules to accommodate our viewing public:
Films in English must contain French subtitles.
Films in French must contain English subtitles.
Films containing a third language must contain subtitles in both French and English;
7. We accept all films in any genre;
8.Premiere status is not required. .
9. Submission of several films is permitted. Each submission requires an entry fee.
10. All films must have been completed after 1 January 2018.
11. All filmmakers accept that if their film is selected for competition, they grant permission for the Cannes International Independent Film Festival to screen the film, as well as part of the film (a few seconds) for the festival's promotional trailer.
12. To participate in the Cannes International Independent Film Festival, submitted films must comply with current legislation regarding copyright and the right to privacy of individuals. Therefore, participants guarantee that the films submitted to the festival do not violate current legislation regarding exploitation rights, rights to honour, privacy or image or intellectual property rights and / or industrial and / or any other third party rights.
13. The submitters confirm that they have the right to publicly display the film, including images, music, texts, art and all that is in the copyright law
14. In case of force majeure circumstances, changes to the dates of the festival are provided.
15. Cannes International Independent Film Festival reserves the right to change our programming and event parties without notice.
16. Selected films will be screened at the Espace Miramar.

Overall Rating
  • Rob Tode

    Thrilled to be a part of your festival -Thank you so much!

    June 2023
  • SPP Bhaskaran

    Cannes 7th Art Awards is one of the very best! A very filmmaker friendly festival with a wonderful team who puts together a fabulous festival.

    May 2023
  • marco cucurnia

    This is a magnificent Festival, all the collaborators are fantastic. I am very happy and proud to have won with " The walls of Monicelli". Marco Cucurnia

    May 2023
  • Grazie. Un Lungo cammino insieme nel Mondo per Amore Universale e Fede.
    "Love Story Cinema Told in Works of Art". By Giuseppina De Luca.
    Un Grande Abbraccio con il Sole nel cuore.

    May 2023
  • 🏆 We would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to the Cannes 7th Art Awards for honoring our film at the Best Direction Short Film category. 📽️ @queen_short_film was showcased in the Short Film Corner at the Festival de Cannes . We are deeply touched because none of us anticipated such a privilege for our work and to be so beautifully acknowledged. On behalf of the entire film crew, we would like to extend our heartfelt thanks for the warm reception and impeccable ceremony preparations. Congratulations to the other winners! It's an honor to be among such esteemed company

    May 2023