PRESENTATION

Organized by the Champs-Élysées Film Festival association and chaired by Sophie Dulac, Champs-Élysées Film Festival is the first and only in Paris dedicated to French and American films. Its main ambition is to create a bridge between French and American cinema.
The 11th edition of Champs-Élysées Film Festival will be held from June 21st until June 28th 2022.
Built around its independent feature and short films 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
- 8 to 12 French short films in competition
- 8 to 12 American short films in competition

- Several tributes dedicated to our French and American guests of honor.
- French and American premieres in presence of the cast & crew.

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

Awards & Prizes

Jury Prizes for:
- Best American Independent Feature Film / 11,000€ distribution grant for the French distributor. If the film has no French distributor, the right owners of the winning film will have one year (from the end of the festival to find a French distributor and get the grant.
- Best French Independent Feature Film / 11,000€ distribution grant for the French distributor. If the film has no French distributor, the right owners of the winning film will have one year (from the end of the festival) to find a French distributor and get the grant.
- 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 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 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

Rules & Regulations

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

- For AMERICAN feature and short films:
. USA produced or in case of coproduction, a USA-majority coproduction.
. The film must have been completed not more than 18 months before the festival.
. Must not have been shown online or released on DVD/VOD in France.
o Feature films:
> Length must be over or equal to 60 minutes
> Must be a French premiere
o Short films:
> Length must not exceed 25 minutes
> Must be a Parisian premiere (Île-de-France)

- For FRENCH feature and short films:
. French produced or in case of coproduction, a French-majority coproduction.
. The film must have been completed not more than 18 months before the festival.
. Must not have been shown online or released on DVD/VOD in France.
o Feature films :
> Length must be over or equal to 60 minutes
> Must be a Parisian premiere
o Short films:
> Length must not exceed 25 minutes
> Must be a Parisian premiere (Île-de-France)

FILM SUBMISSION
Submission is subject to the payment of a fee: 45 euros for feature films and 18 euros for short films. If you want to register several films, you’ll have to pay fees for each film registered.
Applications can only be submitted through the FilmFreeway Platform.
Films made for advertising, didactic or scientific purposes will not be admitted.
Films selected in the competition must not – in any way – be available online 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 11th edition of Champs-Elysées Film Festival by email, on the week of May 9th 2022. The selected film’s cast, crew and production must keep their selection secret until the official announcement. An email will be sent to them for the announcement date. The list of each competition will be revealed on the festival’s website and social networks right after the official publication by press release.
In case of selection, the film material, as it is 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 the material shipping and delivery will be communicated later on to the representatives of the selected films. A Technical Data Form will be filled by the production, filmmakers or sales agents and send by email to the festival programming team.
Champs-Elysées Film Festival covers the storage and the insurance costs for the screening material of the selected films during the festival, in Paris. In case of loss or damage of a 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 of material’s loss or damage during its shipping in and out of the festival.

TELEVISION BROADCASTING, INTERNET AND THEATERS.
Excerpts from the selected films will be asked to the rights owners (free of charge to the Festival) and used by the Festival for promotional purposes only (tv, theater, web). If your film is selected, you will be asked to share a 3 minutes excerpt of your film with the festival for 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 the 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 untitled to use Justice to claim any compensation needed.

The acceptance of 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 at programmation@cefilmfestival.com

Overall Rating
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  • Skinner Myers

    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