The European Film Festival of Lille is one of the biggest, and oldest short film festival in France. Each year, it welcomes in three cinemas of Lille around 5000 people who can discover what's best in terms of european short films.

Since its creation, the European Film Festival of Lille discovered great talents like the french movie makers Cedric Klapisch or Mathieu Kassovitz and welcomed great members of the jury like Michael Radford or Benoit Delépine.

We also organize a script competition : https://filmfreeway.com/FestivalduCinemaeuropeen

And a Film Market :

The prizes are awarded by a professional jury, a jury composed with students, and the audience. Approximately 10 films are rewarded by several prices :
- Le Grand Prix
- Le Prix du Public
- The best film direction
- The best scenario
- The best actress interpretation
- The best actor interpretation
- The best animation shortfilm
- The best documentary shortfilm
- The best experimental shortfilm

These prizes are granted in technical loans or in cash by the Festival’s partners.

In addition
- The Grand Prix receives 600$
- The best animation 200$
- The best experimental 200$
- The best documentary 200$

39th edition of the European Film Festival of Lille
During spring of 2023


The 39th edition of the European Film Festival of Lille will take place from in spring 2023, organized by the association Prix de Court. The official selection will consist of about 60 short films put in competition. Fiction shorts will be devided into sessions of 4 to 6 shortfilms, animations and documentaries will have their own session.

1. Registration conditions

Are allowed to compete:
- Films completed in 2021 or 2022
- Films with a running time of less than 35 minutes. Any film longer than 35 minutes will not be considered.
- European short Films : with one of the members of the film team that is European, we accept co-productions and co-directions if one of the companies or director is European. Shorts filmed in Europe or distributed by european agencies.

Are NOT allowed to compete:
- Films which have been already submitted to this festival during the past years.
- Video clips
- Promotional films

WARNING : every non-french shortfilm has to be submitted with english or french subtitles

All shooting format are accepted.

The following projection format is accepted: H264.

2. Registration and selection

Registrations are made on the online submission websites www.filmfreeway.com. All registrations are to be made online. It is no longer possible to send a signed registration form.

NB: if the spoken dialogs of the film are not in French, the short film must have French or English subtitles.

Registration begins on July 15th, 2022.
**THE SOONER THE BETTER** entry fees will increase as the deadline approaches
Registration last deadline is on December the 5th, 2022.

In order to send us the viewing file you have to submit your short online by FilmFreeWay

- Online :
You must register on the online submission websites www.filmfreeway.com.
During your registration, you have to make the choice to upload your film on the platform. The Selection Committee will be able to watch it through a streaming video or to download it from websites. With this option, there is no need to send a DVD by mail.

The Selection Committee also accepts to receive (via email: paul.legrand@prixdecourt.net) a link permitting to watch a streaming video of the film (such as Vimeo, Youtube…) but we will require that you submit your short on FilmFreeWay.

- By mail :
You must register and submit your short on the online website www.filmfreeway.com.
The film must be sent before December the first, 2022 (as attested by the date on the postmark) to the following address:

To the attention of the Selection Committee
59800 Lille

NB: DVDs must not be shipped by freight. Specify “no commercial value – for cultural purposes” on the envelope.

We will inform you whether your film has been selected for the official competition before Febreary 15th, 2023.

3. Reception of the copies of the selected short films

In the event of a selection, the producer and/or director will have to take the necessary steps so that the film print or copy may be available to the Festival’s organizers before February 15th, 2022.
The director and /or the producer must also freely assign the rights to broadcast the film during the screenings of the Festival.

The following projection formats are accepted: H264, Prores 422 (LT).

To send the digital files, two solutions are available: online or by mail.

- Online :
The Selection Committee accepts to receive download links by email, in order to download the file in the requested format.
- By post :
The copy of the film can also be sent via a storage device (USB key, hard-drive) at the following address: paul.legrand@prixdecourt.net

To the attention of the Selection Committee
59800 LILLE

4. Subtitles

The digital files will have to be subtitled in English and in French. If not subtitled, a dialogue list with time-code in English and French if possible must be sent in addition with the film.

5. Screenings

- The Selection Committee reserves the right to place the selected short film in the appropriate screening.
- No film officially selected by the Selection Committee can be removed by the producer or the director once it is selected.
- The producer and/or director agree that they are the owners of the musical, filmic or textual rights of the works included in the film. Otherwise, the Festival and the association Prix de Court cannot and will not be held responsible.
- The Festival cannot be held responsible for the quality of screening of the short films which do not respect the technical conditions demanded by these present rules, and the subsequent notifications expressed by the technical team in charge with the screenings.

6. Prizes

The prizes are awarded by a professional jury, a jury composed with students, and the audience. Approximately 10 films are rewarded.
These prizes are granted in technical loans or in cash by the Festival’s partners and are subject to the conditions specified only by the suppliers.

7. Guests

The Festival invites each director and/or producer whose film has been selected. The terms of fee system will be specified later in the year if necessary. The Festival guests will be greeted by members of the organization. They may be asked for meetings with the public or professional roundtables.

8. Media and TV

The rights’ owners authorize a free reproduction of stills, and inserts (10% of the total duration of the film, maximum 3 minutes) of their film for all publication of the Festival, and possible television broadcasting.
Selected films are invited to send the web link of a trailer of their film that will appear on the Festival’s website.

9. Return of copies of selected films

- The DVD of the selected films will be kept for the Festival’s archives. The others will only be sent back if you join an explicit demand, not later than two months after the end of the Festival.
- The digital media (USB key and hard drive) containing selected short films will be sent back not later than two month after the end of the 38th edition of the Festival. No claim will be valid after thirty days from the date the medium is sent back.
- Transportation costs, insurance and customs clearance are for going to the expense of the participant and return to the charge of the Festival.

10. General provisions

Entry for the Festival implies full acceptance of the above regulations (only French version of the regulations will have force of law). Only the board of directors of the Festival is empowered to settle any question not provided in the present regulation and to grant dispensations.

Overall Rating
  • Anaïs Colpin

    Great organization and real quality of selection !

    June 2022
  • So happy to be part of your competition with our films with glasses! Great festival.

    April 2022
  • Stefan Georgiou

    So thrilled we were selected for this festival amongst the quality programming. The communication was wonderful and they were incredibly helpful. Hope to visit in person next year..

    April 2021
  • Lou Sumray

    It was my first visit to a French film Festival with my film. I'm not familiar with the world of film festivals and found the communication beforehand a little confusing but on arrival the students and young people who looked after us were very friendly, helpful and attentive. They contributed greatly in making our visit so enjoyable that we would love to return to this beautiful city.

    April 2020
  • Oliver Stiller

    It was a great experience to attend the festival.

    The festival was shown in three different, characteristic cinemas in the city. The technical quality of sound and vision of the screenings was top notch, the cinemas are super equipped. The selection of the films (some out of 4000) has been of A-festival-quality.

    Numerous volunteers gave everything for the event and made it a great experience. The organizing team really cared for me as a film maker.

    The Q&A was translated from English into French. The audience reacted very warmly and participated in an extremely interested way in the events.

    You can feel the long tradition of the festival. At the same time, due to its structure, the festival has remained a young event with many innovations, which is always renewing itself from scratch. Festival du Cinéma Européen de Lille has role character for other traditional festivals that may look for refreshing items.

    Thanks to the audience. Thanks to all volunteers. I hope to come again.

    March 2020