The 2023 festival will be held from 18-22 April 2023.

Ethnografilm is a Director's festival, held each April at Théâtre Lepic, the greatest fringe theatre on the planet, at the highest point of Paris. All non-fiction films are eligible for the 2021 festival.

At our last festival 90% of the directors were there to discuss films, meet colleagues, drink wine, and initiate new collaborations! Our bar and gallery are the perfect place to watch films again, argue fine points, ask and answer questions from other directors.
“Ethnographic” films are not simply about far away people and places. We particularly solicit movies about modern life  as well as remote corners of the planet!

Nonfiction filmmakers are the primary audience for Ethnografilm. Last year one director said "I nominate this for the best festival in the world. The place and the atmosphere are so fantastic." The previous year two filmmakers got engaged! Please send us an email if you particularly want to come to Paris.

Best Quotes from attending directors:

From someone who had screened at Cannes: What I love about Ethnografilm is the absence of snottiness.

My favorite festival in all the world! It was fantastic: thought provoking, diverse, delicious…

I had such a wonderful time last week and it is no exaggeration to say that participating in the festival has been a highlight of my life.

One of the most rewarding experiences of my career.

From an international relations specialist: I learned more about international relations than at our main professional academic convention!

From a theatre staff member: We love your festival so much…the theatre comes alive!

From someone who spent all day working on his laptop just outside the screening room:

The atmosphere here is just so much better than anywhere else, even though I have a deadline and can’t watch films!

You have provided inspiration that I will continue to think on throughout the year and as I approach my next projects.

Fantastic festival. You did an amazing job. I really enjoyed every single film I saw, and that was around 20 films.

The best festival I have ever been to.

What a great team spirit great ambience great films great people.

Everything was perfect, the location, the amazingly friendly and supportive team of festival organisers, the wide array of interesting and, at times, inspiring films, the opportunities to chat with the interesting and, at times, inspiring directors, the wine.
Without doubt memorable and exceptional.

Wonderful festival – very friendly and full of lovely little touches such as the paintings.

Ethnografilm is a model for what can be accomplished when a professional organizing team supports a strong creative vision. Filmmaker, 2014.

Just being able to sit in that space and enjoy a glass of wine and conversation with the filmmakers was delightful.

I screened at the last two Cannes festivals but the press was the target audience. Ethnografilm is for the filmmakers.

This festival is very non-French.
(We had no idea what this meant...but he said it was because there was no entrance fee!)

Best theatre on Planet Earth.

Your film on the main screen in Paris!

If your film is selected for the festival, *Ethnografilm* requests your permission to keep a copy for archival purposes. We do not duplicate or sell these materials. The video and accompanying materials will be kept in the *Ethnografilm* library for viewing and statistical compilations by festival staff onsite. The submitter confirms they have the right to submit this film, has obtained all necessary permissions, and it does not infringe the rights of any third party. Submission of a screening copy to Ethnografilm Paris also indicates willingness to participate in our short "traveling" Ethnografilm Festivals in Africa, Asia, and Europe. In 2023 we launch our first traveling festival in collaboration with the National Museums of Kenya!

Overall Rating
  • I'm excited to travel to be at the screening when the pandemic is over with. It is extremely exciting to screen a documentary about an area in San Antonio in Paris, France.

    May 2021
  • Nancy Ghertner

    This festival was cancelled as it is a LIVE festival. The accepted films were invited to be part of the 2022 festival. I ranked the festival highly because they have been very good in terms of their communication with myself as a film maker. I look forward to participating next year. Nancy Ghertner, Director Voices from the Barrens

    April 2021
  • Carlos Cabrera

    What a beautiful festival in a beautiful setting. So many filmmakers from around the world converge to participate. The festival itself is truly unique as it's all about the filmmakers. Highly recommend!

    July 2019
  • Barre Fong

    Truly fun and interesting set of films. Incredible location in Montmartre with a big screen and comfortable seating. More importantly, the selection of films was really special; full of thoughtful, well made and smart filmmaking that transported me to some mind-blowing places. My only criticism was that there wasn't enough time to digest and discuss films after each session. Thank you for choosing Finding the Virgo. We'll be back!

    May 2019
  • Ricardo Leon Villanueva

    Wonderful experience, I would definitely recommend this festival for everyone that has a high interest in sharing their documentaries for the first time.

    May 2019