Based in Paris, CHAMPS-ELYSEES FILM FESTIVAL is a major international film festival where the best of French and American cinema is featured every year. Dedicated to the discovery of new talents, the festival aims to bridge French and American filmmaking and highlight young creative artists as well as independent cinema and music. Founded in 2012 by producer, distributor and movie theatre owner Sophie Dulac, the festival gathers thousands of spectators and industry professionals on the Champs-Élysées each year to celebrate the heart of contemporary filmmaking and to showcase bold, ambitious and unique movies.

The 13th edition of Champs-Élysées Film Festival will be held from June 18th until June 25th, 2024.

Built around its five competitions, the festival puts unreleased films under the spotlight, offering a curated look on the latest French and American independent productions.

The program of Champs-Élysées Film Festival presents:
The Official Selection:
- 6 Independent American feature films in competition
- 6 Independent French feature films in competition
- A French independent medium length films competition
- A French independent short films competition
- An American independent short films competition
- Several tributes dedicated to our French and American guests of honor.
- French and American premieres in presence of casts & crews.
- A historical reflection and thematic excursion into the past, to meet iconic movies that sparked a certain kind of independence: rage of living, resistance, rebellion, and freedom.

All films will be screened in their original version. American films will be subtitled in French and French films will be subtitled in English.

Jury Prizes for:
- Best American Independent Feature Film / 11,000€ cash prize for the director’s next feature project
- Best French Independent Feature Film / 11,000€ cash prize for the director’s next feature project
- Best American Feature Film Director / 2,500€ cash prize for the director.
- Best French Feature Film Director / 2,500€ cash prize for the director.
- Best French Medium Length Film / 3,000€ cash prize for the director.
- Best American Short Film / 2,500€ cash prize for the director.
- Best French Short Film / 2,500€ cash prize for the director.

Audience Awards for:
- Best American Independent Feature Film
- Best French Independent Feature Film
- Best French Medium Length Film
- Best American Short Film
- Best French Short Film

Critics Awards for:
- Critics Award for Best American Independent Feature Film
- Critics Award for Best French Independent Feature Film

ELIGIBILITY

To be eligible to Champs-Élysées Film Festival’s competitions, the films must comply with the following requirements:

- For AMERICAN feature-length and short films:
. USA produced or in case of co-production, a USA-majority co-production.
. The film must have been completed no more than 18 months before the festival and should not have been screened in festivals before the 12th edition of the festival in June 2023

o Feature films:
> Length must be over or equal to 60 minutes
> Narrative fiction (drama, comedy, horror), documentary animation, experimental
> The film be a French premiere (with the exception of international Class A festival) and not be available online internationally.

o Short films:
> Length must not exceed 25 minutes
> Narrative fiction (drama, comedy, horror), documentary animation, experimental
> The film must be a Parisian premiere
> The film must not have been broadcast on French television.

- For FRENCH feature-length, medium-length and short films:
. French produced or in case of co-production, a French-majority co-production.
. The film must have been completed no more than 18 months before the festival and should not have been screened in festivals before the 12th edition of the festival in June 2023

o Feature films :
> Length must be over or equal to 60 minutes
> Narrative fiction (drama, comedy, horror), documentary animation, experimental
> The film must be a Parisian premiere // Île-de-France
(with the exception of “la reprise des Palmarès” of Class A festival in Paris)
>The film must not be available online and/or TV platforms

o Medium-length films:
> Length must be between 25 and 60 minutes
> narrative fiction (drama, comedy, horror), documentary animation, experimental
> the film must be a Parisian premiere
> the film must not have been broadcast on TV for long periods of time or been available online in the immediate lead-up and during the festival period.

o Short films:
> Length must not exceed 25 minutes
> narrative fiction (drama, comedy, horror), documentary animation, experimental
> the film must be a Parisian premiere
> the film must not have been broadcast on TV for long periods of time or been available online in the immediate lead-up and during the festival period.

FILM SUBMISSION
Submission is subject to the payment of a fee:
- 50 euros for feature-length films.
- 28 euros for medium length films.
- 20 euros for short films.
- If you want to register several films, you’ll have to pay fees for each film registered.

All applications must be submitted through our FilmFreeway Platform.
Films made for advertising, didactic or scientific purposes will not be admitted.
Films selected for the official competition must not – in any way – be available online (website, youtube, etc) starting from its selection to the end of the festival. The festival retains the right to disqualify an entry if these submission guidelines are not met.

SELECTION & COMMITMENT
The selection committee will announce the official selection of the 13th edition of Champs-Elysées Film Festival by email, in early May 2024 for the shorts and Medium Length films competitions and in early June for the two Features Length films competitions.

The selected film’s cast, crew and production must keep the information secret until the official announcement made by the festival. The list of each competition will be revealed on the festival’s website and social networks right after the official publication by press release.

If your film is selected, the material requirements, as written on the registration form, must be respected. Production or sales agent must provide an unencrypted DCP for the festival screenings and a H264 file.

SCREENING MATERIAL
All the information concerning material shipping and delivery will be communicated later on to the selected films’ representatives. A Technical Data Form will be filled by the production, filmmakers or sales agents and sent by email to the festival programming team.

Champs-Elysées Film Festival covers the storage and the insurance costs for the screening material of selected films during the festival, in Paris. In case of loss or damage of material during the festival, the festival’s responsibility may only be engaged to the extent of the value indicated by the rights owners on the Technical Data Form. The festival is not responsible for material’s loss or damage during its shipping in and out of the festival.

TELEVISION BROADCASTING, INTERN,ET AND THEATERS.
If your film is selected, you will be asked to share a 3 minutes-long excerpt of your film with the festival. The excerpts will be provided to the festival as a courtesy from the right owners and used for promotional purposes only (actual or future editions promotion, tv or web programs, festival official trailer).

PUBLICATION AUTHORIZATION
By submitting a film, you allow the Festival to use any information and pictures gathered during registration and publish them on all relevant media such as but not limited to its website or in press releases/magazines. These pictures must be royalty-free and if necessary, the copyright will be needed.

UNFORESEEN CASES AND DISAGREEMENTS
Once a film has been selected, it cannot be withdrawn from the festival program after the official announcement of our lineup as we would not be able to recover costs incurred. If appropriate, the Festival may be entitled to take legal action in order to claim any compensation needed.

Accepting an official invitation from the Festival implies the agreement of the present document. The Association of the Festival can cancel a submission and take any other measures necessary if the regulations and forms aren’t respected, or if any attitude goes against the running of the event.
For unforeseen cases, the final decision will be taken by the Festival’s board. The French version of this regulation shall prevail.

For any inquiries, do not hesitate to contact the programming team.

Overall Rating
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  • Cricket Arrison

    I can't recommend this festival highly enough! The warmest, most welcoming team, incredible programming and events, and just the most fun time ever in Paris. Truly a community of people who care about film.

    July 2023
  • One of the best festival experiences I have ever had! I love the entire team behind the festival. If you get in, then it's a festival you must attend! Made some friends for life from this festival.

    September 2021
  • Paul Rigoux

    Amazing time at Champs-Élysées Film Festival. Great team, amazing hospitality, great programme. Go for it. Thank you again.

    September 2021
  • Ellie Foumbi

    Amazing festival. So much fun and the venues were incredible!

    July 2017
  • Great, French-American festival! Highly recommended! Sophie, Chantal, and the whole staff run a top-notch, world-class film festival. The programming was terrific and the screening experience - at beautiful theaters along the Champs-Elysées - was amazing. Full of special screenings, retrospectives, and master classes with living legends, it's truly a festival not to be missed. The parties were also great, and there was ample opportunity to network with other industry members and filmmakers. Terrific experience! Proud to be an alum of Champs-Elysées!

    January 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks Michael!! Hope to see you again! Cheers