Hundreds of great films are created each year by talented and visionary filmmakers. They are made on tight budgets, without rosters of celebrity names, with no advance contracts for distribution and no guarantee of monetary reward. These films have impressive content, not impressive labels. The trouble is: once the festival season passes most of these films fade away for lack of distribution. They become “invisible.”

We at Les Rimbaud du Cinema are independent filmmakers, too. We know the daunting challenges of funding film production and of working without a financial “safety net.” We celebrate and value the visions, the hard work, the commitment of independent filmmakers. This is why we established Les Rimbaud du Cinema.

The poet Arthur Rimbaud forever changed the landscape of poetry. During his life he rejected living within the confines of polite society. His creative voice and private life was free from societal constraints.

Les Rimbaud du Cinema honors the words of Rimbaud:
“What can I say ? - in a terrible way I insist on worshipping free freedom.”

We invite independent films from all countries.

Les Rimbaud has two goals.

First, we want your film to be visible to the world. We have assembled the “Les Rimbaud Jury” composed of professionals drawn from the world of culture and counter-culture — literature , music, architecture, dance, sculpture, etc.— who share our love of independent cinema. Also, your film will be available for viewing by film buffs around the world who are registered members of “The Archipelago of Les Rimbaud du Cinema” who will vote for their favorite films. This audience of viewers forms our “Public Jury.”

Second: The Les Rimbaud du Cinema awards have been established to recognize excellence in independent cinematic achievements. The winning films will be awarded at our gala awards ceremony on October 9, 2021. We hope these awards will serve not only to honor your work and commitment, but will serve as a celebration to energize the audiences of the world to seek beyond the commercial "popcorn cinema" they find in their local megaplexes.

Winning films will be screened in our partner cinemas in France and internationally.

In the event that two films are tied in the same category each one will be awarded a Rimbaud.


» Rimbaud Feature Film
» Rimbaud Lead Actor/Actress in a Feature Film
» Rimbaud Supporting Actor/Actress in in a feature film
» Rimbaud Screenplay
» Rimbaud Short Film
» Rimbaud Actor/Actress in a Short Film
» Rimbaud Documentary
» Rimbaud Animated Film
» Rimbaud Student film
» Rimbaud Music Soundtrack

» Rimbaud Coup de Coeur (Jury award)
» Rimbaud de L'Archipel (Public Jury award)

We differ from most festivals by awarding Rimbaud Awards without using the term “Best.”

The terms "Best," "Foreign," "Female," or "Male" will not appear in any of the Rimbaud du Cinéma's awards. Why? Because a painting by Pablo Picasso is no better than a painting by Frida Kahlo, a film by Paolo Pasolini is no better than a film by Liliana Cavani and none of the works of these filmmakers or painters can be described as ”best,”"foreign" "male" or "female." The rock paintings of the Lascaux caves are not French because they were produced on French territory, but are universal because they were designed by anonymous artists whose gender is unknown and whose only homeland was humanity.

The Rimbaud du Cinema proclaims the equality and universality of cinematographic works even as each one of us has the right to prefer some films over others

Our festival may be unique for you as we REQUIRE FRENCH SUBTITLES if French is not the only language spoken in the film. We require English subtitles for all films unless English is the only language spoken in the film.


WE DO NOT GRANT FEE WAIVERS FOR FINANCIAL HARDSHIP. We are filmmakers, too. We understand financial challenges. We do not profit from this festival. We have set our fees as low as possible. Thank you for understanding.

**We make an exceptions ONLY for filmmakers who reside in countries (eg, Iran), where international banking is impossible. If that is not your situation then PLEASE DO NOT ASK.

To be eligible for Rimbaud du Cinéma all films must meet the following conditions:


FRENCH SUBTITLES ARE REQUIRED for all films not produced in the French language.
English subtitles are required for all films not produced in the English language.

Films produced in languages other than French or English must have BOTH French AND English subtitles.

Our jury includes many who speak French and do not read or speak English. Thus, if your film is missing French subtitles it will be at a great disadvantage. We also eschew the hegemony of English that is imposed by the establishment ("Hollywood") cinema.

Because of our requirement for dual subtitles filmmakers may find it most effective to prepare a video without hard ("burned in") subtitles. Instead, multiple subtitle files can be added to one video to allow viewers to choose the language they require. This is easy to do on Vimeo. Although hard subtitles are convenient, the availability of multiple languages will always be of benefit to your film as it makes your work available to wider international audiences.

If we discover a submission is missing the required subtitles we will attempt to email the submitter for an update. The entry will be marked “incomplete” and out of consideration until the required subtitles are added. Failure to provide working subtitles by the final submission deadline (June 30) will result in disqualification without refund of submission fees.

There are no requirements regarding dates of completion. We seek to find "invisible" films -- high quality independent works that have not found distribution because they are not financed by the establishment studios or markets. We will accept films from distributors, but the film must not be one that is widely distributed and making profits. We consider those films to have found visibility with audiences. We are looking for great films that have not yet found a route to audiences.

Feature films must not have been screened in more than 30 commercially operated cinemas in the country of production

Any director, producer or distributor who has registered his film to be eligible for Rimbaud du Cinéma 2021 accepts:

* that the film will be submitted to the vote of the Public and Les Rimbaud juries.

* that the film, if it receives a Rimbaud, be screened internationally in limited engagements in our partner cinemas

* that the visual of any winning film will bear the laurels: "Rimbaud du Cinéma 2021"

The Rimbaud du Cinéma team is committed to ensuring respect for the dignity of the human person and respect for animal sensitivity. As a result, any film is automatically excluded if it includes:

*extreme violence
*a racist or discriminatory ideology based on gender identity or sexual orientation, religion, physical appearance, disability, origin, nationality, social group and any other form to the contrary to human dignity and respect for animal rights.
*the appearance of condoning or encouraging violent, illicit, antisocial, degrading or alienating behavior.

The Rimbaud du Cinéma team reserves the right to reject any film that does not comply with these principles.

Please understand that we rely on entry fees for the operation of the festival. We make no profits from your entry fees. We know the painful realities of funding. That is why we set our fees low.

Les Rimbaud du Cinema DOES NOT PAY SCREENING FEES for submitted films. By submitting your project, you acknowledge that LRDC will not pay to present your work.

*We cannot grant fee waivers* (except to filmmakers in countries where international banking is impossible like Iran. WE DO NOT GRANT FEE WAIVERS FOR FINANCIAL HARDSHIP.


Features: 60 minutes or longer.
Shorts: 60 minutes or less


All projects must be submitted via secure online screener via FilmFreeway either as a password protected Vimeo or Youtube link attached to your submission or uploaded directly to FilmFreeway.

Online screeners must be available to stream on FilmFreeway, VIMEO OR YOUTUBE ONLY.; we do not accept any films on other platforms or that must be downloaded.

We cannot accept DVD or Blu-Ray screeners. In addition, we cannot accept screener links via email, they MUST be attached to your submission and ONLY via Vimeo, Youtube or directly on FilmFreeway (not Google Drive, etc. )

The submitter is responsible for ensuring that their screener link and password is active through at least 31 October 2021. In the event of a password or URL change after submitting, email us immediately. If we discover an error with the screener, we will attempt to email the submitter for an update. Failure to respond by the final submission deadline will result in disqualification without refund of submission fees.

Submission of a work confirms that the Les Rimbaud du Cinema has permission to exhibit it during the Festival and in any Les Rimbaud/Archipelago Les Rimbaud presentations to affiliate cinemas during limited screenings. Submission of a work implies that the Festival can employ moving image excerpts and reproduce stills for exhibition promotion. Les Rimbaud du Cinema also hosts “Les Rimbaud Films” screenings after the main festival in affiliate cinemas around the world.
*Permission will be asked for participation if you are selected.*

The general program and screening schedule are the exclusive responsibility of the Festival Director. Films accepted and included in the program cannot be withdrawn from competition once the entry form has been signed and submitted to the Festival.

Press kits and cover letters are not required. If you wish to submit either, please upload it to FilmFreeway..

Do not send publicity or updates on your film’s festival wins to us in separate emails. While we are happy for your successes we cannot take your wins at other festivals into consideration.

You are responsible to keep your Press Kit on FilmFreeway up to date. If we need information about your film, the director’s statement, or stills from the film we will refer to your Press Kit as submitted to FilmFreeway.

Please be sure to check your spam filters in order to receive our emails and eblasts that will be directed to accepted filmmakers. And most importantly, do not unsubscribe. We cannot add your email back once you've removed it.

It is our intention to provide a worry-free environment where people can conduct business and interact with other filmmakers from around the world. Our staff will be happy to provide for you a list of local hotels and information on transportation options upon request.

Overall Rating
  • Christophe Switzer

    Merci beaucoup pour votre amour du cinéma indépendant !
    Merci de le mettre en lumière et de diffuser nos films.

    Christophe Switzer

    October 2019
  • Russell Emanuel

    Wonderful festival that treated us very well. Thank you so much!

    October 2019
  • Kain Baigent

    This festival was very good in communicating, but more importantly, as a film maker, I was honoured to be accepted in such a wonderfully artistic and historical place such as Les Rimbaud du Cinema, I only wish I could have been at the festival. I hope they will review my forth coming feature around the same story, and be as wonderful as they were to our project: Ghosts Tha Cry in The Dark.
    Thank you to all the staff. Kindest regards Kain Baigent.

    October 2019
  • Daniel JENNY

    Merci du plaisir d'avoir été sélectionné pour mon court-métrage. Bonne organisation et super soirée. A renouveler dans la mesure du possible. DJ

    October 2019
  • martin del carpio

    Great festival overall. Well organized with something to offer. I see it growing within the near future.

    October 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Martin for your review. We hope to see you in our Festival next year !