The spirit of the Festival de Cannes is one of friendship and universal cooperation. Its aim is to reveal and focus attention on works of quality in order to contribute to the evolution of motion picture arts and encourage the development of the film industry throughout the world.
The 73rd Festival de Cannes will be held from Tuesday 12th to Sunday 23rd May 2020.
The Festival de Cannes chooses and invites the films which will be presented at Cannes Classics.
Each film invited to be part of the Official Selection by the Festival de Cannes will receive a Certificate of Participation.
Only films that meet the following conditions may be chosen for invitation at Cannes Classics:
- New restored prints which are about to go through a new life in theaters, in festivals, in cinematheques, on VOD or SVOD or DVD/Blu-ray editions.
- Newly restored copies, which are about to go through a new life in theaters, festivals, cinemas, on VOD or SVOD or on DVD/Blu-ray edition.
- Films tribute to foreign cinematography or artists.
- Documentaries about cinema.
- Films that have not been presented at any other international motion picture event.
- If the film has been selected in an international section of a festival, it becomes ineligible for the Festival de Cannes. A selection is international if it presents films from different countries.
- No broadcasting on the Internet, on television, on VOD or SVOD or on DVD/Blu-ray edition in new restored copy.
- Serving the aim of the Festival as it is defined in article first.
Once a film has been selected it cannot be withdrawn from the Festival programme during the event. Cannes Classics screenings will be held inside the Palais des Festivals and at the Cinéma de la Plage. The Festival de Cannes reserves the right to decide where the screening will be held.
During the entire duration of the Festival de Cannes, none of the films invited may be shown outside the Festival's official theatres before its official screening.
All films must be presented in their original language, with French subtitles. By "original language" is meant the language in which a film is or will be exhibited in its country of origin.
It is for the Board of Directors to decide whether or not a film that does not exactly meet this criterion may participate in the Festival.
French films must be subtitled in English on the print. All subtitling expenses are to be met by the film's producer. Moreover, all films with dialogues in a language other than English or French will be electronically subtitled in English. The screening of those subtitles will be operated by the Festival service provider.
Films screened at Cannes Classics agree to use the "Official Selection – Cannes Classics" logotype of the Festival de Cannes on all publicity.
Feature films to be submitted for the Official Selection must be entered by March 4th, 2020.
An entry form must be filled out on our online portal prior to this date.
Feature films must reach the Festival Office by March 16th 2020.
Complete documentation for each selected film is to be made available to the Film Department when required.
The final print of each invited film must reach the sole receiving shipping agent accredited by the Festival de Cannes by May 8th, 2020.
If the final print does not reach the Festival by May 8th, 2020, the film will not be screened. This deadline is imperative.
A stand-by print of each film with subtitles must be provided to the Festival de Cannes before the start of the Festival.
Expenses for the shipping (for both import and export), screening and translation of films and/or cassettes presented to the Selection Committee with a view to their possible selection, are to be met by the film's producers or relevant body.
All expenses for the transportation (round trip) and insurance of prints are also the responsibility of their owner.
The Festival de Cannes covers storage and insurance costs for the prints of selected films while they are inside the official boundaries of the Festival, in Cannes.
Should a print be lost or damaged, the Festival's responsibility may only be engaged to the extent of the value indicated by the producer on the Technical Data Sheet.
The President of the Association Française du Festival International du Film has the power to settle all cases not covered by the present rules and regulations.
Participation in the Festival de Cannes implies acceptance of all the aforementioned regulations and respect of Preselection conditions.
Should any dispute arise regarding the interpretation of an article in these regulations, their original French version is binding.
These rules apply to the whole registration section of Cannes Classics.
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