Paris Cinema International Film Festival is targeted as an annual democratic and off-beat event. It aims at discovering filmmakers through an International Competition, but also exploring a wide range of cinematic styles through premieres, retrospectives and tributes, but also outdoor and special events… It takes place at the beginning of each summer in many locations all over the city. The festival also provides an industry-friendly launch pad for new projects and directors with its well-established coproduction platform: Paris Project.
Don’t miss our famous outdoor Cinema Flea Market that will be held this year on Saturday July 6th and Sunday July 7th, in front of MK2 Bibliothèque. And let the Saturday Night Fever invade your body with our thrilling Cinema Night and our giant Cine-Karaoke. Get ready to party with Paris Cinema!
The festival offers an overview of contemporary cinema through its International Competition showcasing each year up-to 10 features films (fictions, animation or experimental movies, and documentaries). Usually introduced by their directors, these films from all over the world compete for the Audience Award, the Jury Award; the Bloggers & Web Award and the Students Award.
Awarded films will receive support for their release in France.
A selection of some 40 premieresintroduced by their directors or cast to be the first to discover Cannes Festival’s latest sensations, the next season’s hits or to (re)discover some famous classical films released on new prints.
Guests of honour
Through focuses and tributes organised in their presence, major cinema figures from all over the world are honoured every year at the Paris Cinema IFF.
Legendary directors such as Aki Kaurismäki, Michael Cimino, Jerzy Skolimowski, Oliver Stone, David Cronenberg, Leos Carax, Tsaï Ming-liang, Naomi Kawase, Claude Chabrol, or Francesco Rosi, as well as renowned actors and actresses like Isabella Rossellini, Jeanne Moreau, Juliette Binoche, Nathalie Baye, Jane Fonda, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Jackie Chan, Javier Bardem, Gael García Bernal, Sandrine Bonnaire, Claudia Cardinale, Jean-Pierre Léaud, or Ronit Elkabetz were the object of such in-depth retrospectives all through the years.
Foreign Cinema Focus: “MADE IN BELGIËQUE"
After a very rich program dedicated to Hong Kong cinema in 2012, the 2013 edition will celebrate Belgium in its diversity, with a special focus devoted to Belgian cinema’s humour and avant-garde.
Belgian cinema distinguished itself by its defiance to labels, protocol and propriety, and offers an outstanding diversity, through the singular works of both French-speaking and Flemish filmmakers, and a variety of actors of genius…
Paris Cinema IFF intends to propose to its public a wide panorama of Belgian cinemas in presence of numerousprominent guests, from the origins of silent screen to contemporary films, and to try to define, what makes Belgian cinema’s identity what it is.
Paris Cinema IFF will continue to offer unusual and fun events to enjoy cinema in various ways.
To kick-off the 2013 edition, Paris Cinema IFF invites you for its special Cinema Night with its cult B-movie genre films, rare animated film gems, trash or erotic screenings and many other surprises.
Open to professionals as well as individuals, the “Brocante Cinéma”, a bric-a-brac flea market for movie-lovers, is dedicated to the sale of cinema-related objects of all types: DVD, film posters, on set photographs, cinema magazines, screening material, collector figurines… It will take place on July, 6th & 7th (registrations for stands will be open starting from spring 2013).
And don’t miss our giant party at Cenquatre featuring our emblematic Cine-Karaoke, to celebrate playfully the 2013 edition by singing over the most famous and popular tunes of cinema and dancing all night long.
Other events and surprises will be unveiled soon!
Paris Project (for professionals only)
Organized within the framework of the Paris Cinema IFF, Paris Project is a development and financing platform for carefully selected worldwide feature projects destined for French and European coproduction taking place from June 30 to July 3.
In addition to project meetings, Paris Project offers a series of specialized events like pitching sessions, as well as seminars and workshops designed by European leading film industryprofessionals and intended for filmmakers, producers, sales agents and financiers.
In 2012, 350 professionals from 140 companies attended Paris Project, while more than 500 meetings were scheduled.