🎥 Lights, camera, action! Submit your short film to the French Duck Film Festival for a chance to be screened in a real French theater in the heart of Paris! 🤩

🦆 The French Duck Film Festival is dedicated to showcasing the best in French and international short films, including both produced and self-produced works. Our festival stands out from the rest with its unique name and its highly sought-after duck-shaped trophies that are a hit with both our audience and our winners.

🏆 As an IMDb qualifying event, our festival recognizes and rewards French and international talents in the industry. We are committed to discovering high-quality short films and promoting the work of up-and-coming filmmakers.

🎬 To ensure that every award holds value, we have four contests per year instead of monthly competitions. The best shorts of the year will be publicly screened and rewarded at our main event in a cinema located in the heart of Paris.

📄 𝗘𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘆 𝘀𝘂𝗯𝗺𝗶𝘁𝘁𝗲𝗿, 𝘄𝗵𝗲𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿 𝘀𝗲𝗹𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝗼𝗿 𝗻𝗼𝘁, 𝘄𝗶𝗹𝗹 𝗿𝗲𝗰𝗲𝗶𝘃𝗲 𝗮 𝗳𝗿𝗲𝗲 𝘀𝗰𝗼𝗿𝗲𝗰𝗮𝗿𝗱 𝗼𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗶𝗿 𝘀𝗵𝗼𝗿𝘁 𝗳𝗶𝗹𝗺. For more personalized feedback, you can also select our paid personal review service, which provides a written critique of your screenplay, direction, and acting. Please note that this service is only available for non-animated fictions and feedback is provided in French or English only.

🔥 𝗧𝗶𝗽: 𝗶𝗻𝗰𝗿𝗲𝗮𝘀𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗰𝗵𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗲𝘀 𝗼𝗳 𝘄𝗶𝗻𝗻𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗮𝗻 𝗮𝘄𝗮𝗿𝗱 𝗼𝗿 𝗵𝗼𝗻𝗼𝗿𝗮𝗯𝗹𝗲 𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗯𝘆 𝘀𝘂𝗯𝗺𝗶𝘁𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗳𝗶𝗹𝗺 𝘁𝗼 𝗺𝘂𝗹𝘁𝗶𝗽𝗹𝗲 𝗰𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗴𝗼𝗿𝗶𝗲𝘀.

📆 Our jury will select official selections and winners at each intermediate session. Results will be announced on all our communication platforms, including our website and social media pages, as well as by email to submitters. Mark your calendars for our main event on September 13th, 2024.

🦆 Ready for some duck tales? Whoo hoo! Join us at the French Duck Film Festival for a unique and exciting celebration of the best in short films!

💎 𝗧𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗳𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗮𝗹 𝗶𝘀 𝗮𝗻 𝗜𝗠𝗗𝗯 𝗾𝘂𝗮𝗹𝗶𝗳𝘆𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗻𝘁! 💎

Main categories:
🏆 Best Short Film (5 to 30 minutes)
🏆 Best Micro Short Film (1 to 5 minutes)
🏆 Best Animation Short Film
🏆 Best Documentary Short Film
🏆 Best Experimental Short Film
🏆 Best Web/TV Series
🏆 Best Student Short Film

Additionnal categories:
🏅 Best Director
🏅 Best Actress
🏅 Best Actor
🏅 Best Supporting Actor
🏅 Best Supporting Actress
🏅 Best Original Screenplay
🏅 Best Cinematography
🏅 Best VFX
🏅 Best Original Score
🏅 Best Editing
🏅 Best Sound Design
🏅 Best Ensemble
🏅 Best Trailer
🏅 Best Movie Poster
🏅 Best Drama
🏅 Best Comedy
🏅 Best Thriller
🏅 Best Sci-fi/Fantasy/Horror

Please read all rules and guidelines before submitting your project:

- The festival reserves the right to refuse all inappropriate works.
- Submitter must own all the rights of the submitted film.
- All genres are accepted with a maximum length of 30 minutes (choose your main categories accordingly).
- The jury will assign the awards for each competitive category.
- All decisions made by the jury are final and can’t be changed.
- The jury decides on the annual participants based on the quarter winners and honorable mentions.
- A submitter cannot withdraw his work after the official selection.
- Any foreign films must absolutely include English subtitles (except if the main language is French).
- All fees are non-refundable.
- If you are a student, you must present your valid Student ID.
- Multiple entries are allowed for each submitter and each entry may be submitted to multiple categories (main and additional).
- The festival is hereby granted the rights to utilize an excerpt (trailer/teaser/poster/stills) from any film submitted for promotional purposes.
- The festival won't release the full short film online.
- The submitter must at least be 18 years old.
- Winning categories vary every edition depending on the submissions we receive.
- All work's ownership and rights remain with the original holders.
- The festival has no obligation to disclose information about the committee.
-​ The festival has the right to add, change or delete rules and conditions, cancel venue, awards and categories ​or re-schedule the dates, at any time without consent or information to contestants.

📧 For any questions, you can contact us by email: frenchduckfestival (at) gmail.com.

Overall Rating
  • Paweł Kusyk

    I am delighted with the professionalism. I am extremely happy that my short animation "Nodus" has been recognized. It means a lot to me as The French Duck Film Festival was the first festival ever to appreciate my work and there will be forever place for French Duck in my heart!

    October 2023
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much Pawel for your kind words!
    We're thrilled to hear about your positive experience with The French Duck Film Festival. We're honored that "Nodus" has resonated with our jury and that we could be the first to appreciate your remarkable work.

    It's wonderful to know that French Duck holds a special place in your heart, and it's equally special to have talented filmmakers like you be a part of our festival.

    We look forward to seeing more of your outstanding creations in the future. Thank you for being a part of our festival and we appreciate your support.

    Warm regards 🦆

  • Jean-Jacques Dumonceau

    the festival does an amazing job

    September 2023
    Response from festival:

    Thank you, Jean-Jacques, for your kind words and feedback!
    We're always looking to improve, so if you have any suggestions to help us earn an extra star next time, please don't hesitate to share. Your input is invaluable to us! 🙏


    Très heureux d'avoir fait partie de la sélection estivale 2023 du French Duck et quel joie d'en ressortir best student short !

    Bel expérience, j'espère vite avoir un nouveau film à envoyer en compétition ^^.

    September 2023
    Response from festival:

    Un énorme merci pour ces mots qui nous vont droit au cœur ! 😊 Nous sommes vraiment ravis que vous ayez apprécié votre expérience au French Duck Film Festival et que votre film ait remporté le titre de "Best Student Short" lors de la session estivale. 🏆

    Nous sommes impatients de voir vos futures créations et de les accueillir avec enthousiasme dans nos prochaines éditions. 🎥✨

    En attendant, continuez à faire du cinéma extraordinaire et à nous inspirer tous avec vos histoires.

    À bientôt au French Duck Film Festival !

  • French Duck Film Festival is really the best first experience of a festival and a competition I could dream of.
    The organizators have been super welcoming, communicating and caring.
    The quality of the selection of shirts was really good, and I was additionnaly more proud to have been art of this.
    The jury was super pro and diverse. And the price is so beautifull, love it !
    Long live the Duck ! :)

    September 2023
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much for your heartwarming review! 😊

    We are truly delighted to hear that your experience with the French Duck Film Festival was everything you had hoped for. We take great pride in offering a warm and welcoming atmosphere, and it's wonderful to know that it shone through during the festival.

    We also appreciate your kind words about our film selection and the diversity of our jury. We believe in celebrating the creativity and talent of filmmakers from all backgrounds, and we're thrilled that you noticed.

    As for our adorable duck trophies, we're thrilled you love them! They are a symbol of our appreciation for the outstanding work of filmmakers like yourself.

    Thank you once again for being a part of our festival, and we hope to see you again in the future. Keep making amazing films, and we'll keep celebrating them!

    Long live the Duck! 🦆🎬

  • Romain Fleury

    Quel plaisir d'avoir eu la chance de faire partie de la sélection annuelle de ce festival plus que qualitatif ! Des court-métrages de très très bon niveau ! Tout ça dirigé par une équipe géniale ! Encore merci pour votre accueil et votre gentillesse ! A très bientôt j'espère 🤞🤞🤞😊😊😊

    September 2023
    Response from festival:

    Un grand merci pour ces mots qui nous mettent le sourire jusqu'aux oreilles ! 😊

    Nous sommes absolument ravis que votre expérience avec le French Duck Film Festival ait été à la hauteur de vos attentes. Nous mettons tout en œuvre pour offrir une sélection de films de haute qualité et une expérience mémorable à nos participants, et nous sommes ravis de voir que cela se reflète dans votre témoignage.

    C'est grâce à des cinéastes talentueux comme vous que notre festival prend vie, et nous sommes impatients de découvrir vos futures œuvres cinématographiques.
    Nous espérons sincèrement vous revoir très bientôt lors de nos prochaines éditions. D'ici là, continuez à créer, à inspirer et à partager votre passion pour le cinéma !

    Encore merci pour votre participation et votre gentillesse, et à très bientôt ! 🎬🦆