Ethnografilm is a Director's festival, held each April at the Ciné 13 Théâtre, the greatest fringe theatre on the planet, at the highest point of Paris. At the 2017 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 the films again, argue the fine points, ask and answer questions from other directors.

All non-fiction films are eligible for the 2018 festival. “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." Last year two filmmakers got engaged! Please send us an email if you particularly want to come to Paris.

Best Quotes from 2018

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 Cine 13 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.

From past festivals:

"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 have no idea what he meant...but he said it was because there was no entrance fee!)

"Best theatre on Planet Earth."

Your film on the main screen of Ciné 13 Théâtre in Paris!

If your film is selected for the festival, *Ethnografilm* requests your permission to keep a copy for archival purposes and to use a brief exerpt for promoting the festival. 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 that they have the right to submit this film and has obtained all necessary permissions, and that 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 one day "traveling" Ethnografilm Festivals in Nairobi, Trivandrum, and North America

Overall Rating
  • Paul Nethercott

    The coolest film festival on the planet. I've been to many festivals and Ehnografilm was one of the most enjoyable. The quality of the films was high, the networking fantastic, and I love the location in Paris. I really enjoyed the lounge with wine, beer, French bread, and more. This is one of the best festivals to meet other filmmakers and get to see top notch documentaries from around the world.

    August 2018


    July 2018
  • Mark Abouzeid

    My film premiered at Cannes but I can honestly say that Ethnografilm is the most valuable, interesting and inspiring festival I have ever attended...I will be back as long as the accept my work!

    June 2018
  • Tram Luong

    Ethnografilm Paris is a 5-star experience, a great network of academics and filmmakers alike, wonderful location, inspiring films and witty organizers. The line-up of films was very well curated to ensure lively discussion from the audience. The setting of this festival was international, vibrant and yet down-to-earth. I look forward to future collaboration with those I've crossed path here! Thank you again!

    May 2018
  • Ian Frank

    An outstanding Festival. To my dismay, I was unable to go to France.

    Uniquely, the subject of our film was able to attend Paris Ethnography and found it a tremendously rewarding experience.

    Below is her glowing review:
    "I was very emotional watching something that we all worked on together on the big screen. I can't believe it was two years ago. It was a magical experience and it still is because it is very much an ongoing project. [...]

    People seem to like it and one man who teaches film making at Liverpool came up to me and gave his contact, saying it's his favorite of all the ones he saw in the two/three days he was there. He can't believe it's a bunch of 20 year olds. 🙂 Other feedback we got was that people wanted more. That they felt the ending was abrupt (what happened to the people we followed). That's definitely good to hear."

    Would strongly encourage you make arrangements to go!
    Submit your film early -- and the coordinator (Wesley) will communicate for travel proposes months in advance.

    April 2018