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Preselection Conditions and Entry Form 2017



The Selection Committee of the Festival de Cannes is exclusively in charge of the following sections of the Official Selection: Competition, Out of Competition and Un Certain Regard. The Selection Committee decides which category a film can participate in. 


For feature films applying to Cannes Classics, please send an email to

The non-official categories Directors' Fortnight and Semaine de la Critique are independent of the Cannes Film Festival. They handle their own respective selections.


Only feature films that meet the following conditions may be submitted for consideration by the Official Selection:
• Films that have been produced during the twelve months preceding the Festival
• Films whose distribution is limited to their country of origin
• Films that have not been presented at any international motion picture event. If the film (feature or short) has been selected for an international section (competitive or not) of a festival, it becomes ineligible for the Festival de Cannes. A selection is international if it presents films from different countries.
• Films that have not been shown on the Internet or released on DVD.


In order to be selected as a feature film, your film must be more than 60 minutes long.

The Festival de Cannes does not accept films with a duration of between 15 and 60 minutes.

Films with a duration of under 15 minutes can be presented to the Selection of short films.



The registration deadline is March 10th, 2017. (By this date, the registration form below must have been filled out and validated).
One of the accepted formats submitted for selection must be received by the Festival no later than March 14th, 2017.


Irrespective of the equipment used for shooting the film (mini DV, super 8, 35mm...), only the following will be accepted for the preselection:

• 35mm film print

• DCP (Digital Cinema Package): Server JPEG 2000 (model DOREMI DCP 2K4)
The server reads only JPEG 2000 files. Available connections: CRU bay, e-Sata, USB.
Once your submission is complete, contact the Film Department for the server certificate and for details of how to send your KDM.

• Beta SP (Pal, NTSC) or Digital Beta (Pal, NTSC)

• Blu-ray Disc + 1 standard DVD (if you send a Blu-ray you must also send us a standard DVD of the film).

• DVD (Standard)

Please send your film once only and in one format only.

N.B. It is possible to present a working copy of the film. When filling out the entry form, please state if your submission is the final version or a working version. Submission of a working copy does not allow for later submission of a final copy.


The Selection Committee will accept films:
•WITHOUT subtitles IF the original language is French or English.
•WITH French or English subtitles for all other original languages.


HDCAM / DCP / BETA / DVD / Blu-ray: they must be sent by mail directly to the Film Department at the Festival office (please note the address at the end of the entry form). If are sent through an express parcel service your package should read "For cultural purposes only" and "No commercial value". For any materials sent by express parcel service, payment for delivery must have been made in full, including any duty and taxes. Otherwise, the Festival reserves the right not to accept the package.
It is also possible to make delivery in person or by courier. (Please check our office hours in advance.)


• DVD, or Blu-ray Disc: 50 euros all taxes included.

• Beta (SP or Digital): 150 euros all taxes included.

• 35mm film print: 200 euros all taxes included.

• DCP (Digital Cinema Package): 300 euros all taxes included.

• HDCAM / HDCAM-SR : 350 euros all taxes included.

The application and screening fee must be paid at the time of online registration (using the form below).
The application and screening costs are borne by the producer or the sender.


Only payment by credit cards such as Visa, Mastercard / Eurocard, and American Express is accepted.
Your credit card will be debited on a secure website when filling in the entry form.
Payment validates the completion of registration.
All payments must be made in euros.


35mm film print: According to the sender's instructions, the print is returned to the sender through the Festival's shipping agent, FILMINGER.
The return transport costs are borne by the producer or by the return consignee for the print. The total invoice (transport, screening, etc.) must be paid upon arrival of the print in order for us to release the print once the Selection Committee has screened it.
Other screening materials: Following the screening, the various materials received are not returned to the sender by the Festival. (Note however that materials may be picked up directly from the Festival offices until June 16th 2017, any time but not during May.)


You will be contacted before the official press conference, which will take place towards mid-April.

You must supply us either with a DCP (Digital Cinema Package), a JPEG 2000 file or a 35mm print.

The Film Department will send you all the necessary information on time, but only if your film is selected.



Film Department

Feature films in Competition /
Out of Competition / Un Certain Regard
3, rue Amélie - 75007 Paris - France
Tel. : +33 (0) 1 53 59 61 71 / 73 / 79
Fax. : +33 (0) 1 53 59 61 24
Email : / /










► Registration for films is now closed.


You can consult your application on the online portal.





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