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 The submissions to the 55th édition of La Semaine de la Critique are now OPEN  

55th Semaine de la Critique / Cannes 2016

12-20 May 2016

Article 1 - The 55th edition of La Semaine de la Critique, organized by the French Union of Film Critics, will be held in Cannes, from May 12 to 20, 2016 during the Cannes Film Festival.

Article 2 - Submission requirements for full-length films:
• must be the director's first or second full-length feature or documentary (only films theatrically released and/or selected in festivals are counted)

Submission requirements for full-length films and short films:
• must have been completed within the 12 months prior to the date of the Festival (between Cannes 2015 and Cannes 2016).

• musn’t have participated in any festival except in its country of origin (wether it is in competition or out of competition). 

• musn’t have been shown on the internet or broadcasted on tv, or commercially released in France. .

Article 3 – Films will be chosen by two selection committees: A Short Film Committee supervised by a short film Coordinator, and a committee for Feature Films. Both committees are under the responsability of the Artistic Director. The Artistic Director and the committees’ members are all journalists and film critics from the French Union of Film Critics, which has appointed them.

Article 4 - An entry fee applies for Short Films and Feature Films submissions. The films won’t be screened until the entry fee has been paid. Entry fees are not refundable.

The amount of a short film entry (duration less than 60’) is 25 euros (without taxes). The amount of a feature film entry (duration more than 60’) is 120 euros (without taxes). VAT applies or not according to the category your company belongs to.

VAT doesn’t apply for the following categories:
- Company based inside the European Union with an Intra-community VAT identification n°.
- Company based outside the European Union.

VAT (20%) does apply for the following categories:
- Company based inside the European Union WITHOUT an Intra-community VAT identification n°
- Company based in France
- Private individual

Way of payment :
The payment has to be proceeded by credit card during the registration process.

Article 5 – Film registrations will be considered as confirmed when the online submission is done on our website ( and the entry fee is paid. La Semaine de la Critique reserves the right to refuse any registration that hasn’t followed all the submission steps. Films sent without any registration will be refused.

Article 6 - Films with dialogs in an other language than French or English should be submitted to the selection committee in Paris with English subtitles. French subtitles are not an obligation for the previews.

Article 7 - The deadline for the submissions:

Short Films submissions:
➢ The deadline for short films registrations is March 7th, 2016.
➢ The deadline for the reception of short films is March 11th, 2016.

Feature Films submissions:
➢ The deadline for feature films registrations is March 18th, 2016.
➢ The deadline for the reception of feature films is March 25th, 2016.

Article 8
Short films are uploaded on the Semaine de la Critique website once the online film entry process is done. Any short film sent in an other format will not be considered by the selection committee. More information about short films submissions and upload here.

All films should be made available to the selection committee before the deadline in one of the following formats : DIGIBETA, HD CAM (NO-SR), DVD, BLU-RAY, DCP, 35mm.

DVD & Blu ray must be sent directly to La Semaine’s office:
SEMAINE DE LA CRITIQUE - To Hélène Auclaire / 17 rue des Jeûneurs, 75002 Paris – France. / Tel : +33 1 45 08 81 56

Films have to be specifically sent to La Semaine, independently from the other Cannes sections. Any dvd or blu ray sent to the Official Selection ( or to the Directors’ Fortnight ( to the Semaine de la Critique’s attention won’t be considered by La Semaine.

Dvds and blu-rays sent to the Semaine de la Critique’s Film Department are to mention cleary the followings :
- Film’s title
- Director’s name
- Duration
- Registration file number
- Country of production

If videos are sent through an express mail service, the costs of custom duties and taxes must be paid by the sender.

For those materials, please contact the Film Department Hélène Auclaire : ( / +33 1 45 08 81 56) before the registration. DCP previews can require an additional entry fee corresponding to the cost of that specific kind of screening. Please note that the DCP screening slots are very limited.

If you decide to present this type of material to all Cannes sections, please get in touch with our Film Department to warn us a print will be sent to Paris and set a screening date.

Article 9 - Shipping and insurance costs as well as customs taxes and customs broker’s fees (to and from Paris and/or Cannes) including "temporary admission" rights are at the expense of the producers. 
The Semaine de la Critique won’t cover any transportation costs. The responsibility of La Semaine covers the cost of storage and insurance in our screening rooms. The right-holders must make sure they’ll be able to cover every shipping expense that a selection in Cannes implies.

Article 10 - Films selected at La Semaine de la Critique can be screened in Cannes in 35 mm (2 copies) or on Digital DCP (3 copies).
 Foreign films are to be screened in their original version with French subtitles and english electronic subtitles (under the image). Subtitling is at the producer's expense.

Article 11 - Selected films cannot be screened anywhere in Cannes before La Semaine’s official presentation.

Article 12
– La Semaine de la Critique’s Jury will award the best features and the best shorts in competition. First feature films are competing for the Caméra d’Or prize.

Article 13 - After the Cannes Film Festival, the selected films will be screened in France (Corsica, Paris), Beirut-Lebanon, Lima Film Festival (Peru), Morelia Film Festival (Mexico). For short films only, Sao Paulo (Short Film Festival), Prague (Czech Cinematheque) – The list of reruns can be modified. Right-holders of the film must put copies at disposal for each rerun, until the end of all the reruns. The producer must inform his sales agent, his French distributor and the distributor of the rerun country of these obligatory reruns.

Article 14 – Material received in pre-selection will be returned only upon written request, at the expense of the producer. DVDs and Blu-Rays will be kept by the La Semaine de la Critique until September 30, 2016, after which, they will be destroyed.

Article 15 - La Semaine de la Critique reserves the right to make unilateral decisions about situations not mentioned herein and/or make exceptions to the rules.

Article 16Selected films must use La Semaine de la Critique’s logotype on all their promotional material (posters, press kits, teasers, film prints).

Article 17Participation in La Semaine de la Critique implies acceptance of the foregoing rules and regulations.

For any information concerning the submissions, please contact the Film Department
Head of Film Department - Hélène Auclaire /
Film Department – in charge of Short Films : Julie Marnay /
Phone : +33 1 45 08 81 56

Submit Short Film
Submit Feature Film

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