CFF is the first outdoors film festival of its kind in Lebanon. The festival, which was launched in 2009 by “Laboratoire D’art”, has become an annual short film event which celebrates and promotes local and international short films as an independent form of art in a non-competitive public event, away from competition, prizes and entrance fees.

This year, the theme of CFF has been set as "The OTHER".
Cabriolet Film Festival next year’s topic is centered around the concept of "The Other" and drawing inspiration from the philosophy of Emmanuel Levinas. The latter believed that this otherness – which he called alterity – was something to celebrate, and that our primary ethical responsibility is to “The Other” who is fundamentally different and separate from the self.
Instead of seeking shared traits as the foundation of our moral concern, we should acknowledge that each person is a mysterious universe, evoking feelings of wonder, curiosity, denial, empathy, rejection, or attentiveness.
Sartre states that our relationship with “the others” can be a source of conflict, tension, and anxiety. His existentialist philosophy emphasizes the individual as fundamentally free, but when we interact with others, we are confronted with their expectations and judgments, which can limit our freedom.
Otherness is an essential component of human life. It represents the diversity that characterizes our world, a diversity that, far from being a source of division, can be a precious source of enrichment and sharing. By embracing otherness, we have the opportunity to grow as individuals and build more inclusive and open societies.
When we embrace otherness as a source of enrichment, we also open the door to identification and compassion. We develop greater sensitivity to injustices and inequalities, and we realize that diversity is a treasure that must be celebrated.
The theme invites filmmakers to explore freely the idea of self and otherness in their short films. We encourage a lighthearted, humorous, and liberated satirical approach when contemplating the topic.

The main purpose of the CFF is to bring short films to the public, right in the streets of Beirut, free of entrance and away from competitions. Therefore, no prizes or awards are part of this public event.

Short films that revolve around the definition of CFF 2024's theme (The Other) and which have been produced in previous years, not as final projects, and by sophomores, juniors as well as seniors are all welcomed.

The duration should not exceed 20 minutes and subtitles in French or English are a must in case of foreign language, to be submitted beforeMarch 1st of 2024 through:

While submitting your short films, kindly select the right category to guarantee its proper admission.

Last but not least, Lebanese movies must be submitted along with the official authorization by the General Security Offices for projection rights.


Overall Rating
  • Erik Ta

    Though we couldn't attend, we definitely wished we could have, especially after seeing the screening location (nestled between housing down a long stretch of stairs) and enthusiastic reception of the crowds on Cabriolet's Instagram stories.

    July 2023
  • Unfortunately, I was not able to attend a beautiful venue full of people smiling and enjoying films. Thanks for having selected Blue Dots and thanks to the beautiful audience and staff at the Cabriolet Film Festival. Hope to be there again with a new project and to attend the festival next time!

    July 2023