Cinemed – International Festival of Mediterranean Film

Festival International du Cinéma Méditerranéen de Montpellier

October 21th | 29rd 2022

44rd Edition

CINEMED, the Mediterranean Cinema Festival was founded in 1979 by the team of the Jean-Vigo Ciné-club, a Montpellier film club that has been extremely active since the mid-1950s. “Encounters with Mediterranean cinema” at its origin, this event became “Montpellier International Mediterranean Cinema Festival” in 1989 by introducing from that date a competition section. Statutory object: “The International Mediterranean Film Festival of Montpellier pursues a cultural goal of knowledge of cinemas in the Mediterranean basin, the Black Sea, Portugal, Romania, Bulgaria and Armenia.It facilitates, in a spirit of tolerance, exchanges, conferences and studies on the common components which link these cinematographies together.

Official Selection

The feature films Official Selection of the 44rdCinemed will consist in a competition and a panorama of around 20 fiction features. The selection is made by the Festival Selection Committee on an entirely independent basis with no possible appeal. The Committee reserves the right to admit only films with the required characteristics. Each film that is part of the Official Selection will be shown at least twice during the festival. The Cinemed organizers will set the schedule for all showings.During the festival, the film could be shown at the festival film library accessible to professional accreditation holders only on site at the festival, and only during the event. The last version of the film will have to be provided on digital file. The films in the Official Selection (Competition and Panorama) are provided to the festival free of charge.

Competition and Panorama

Amongst the films selected for the Official Selection the committee will choose around 10 features for the competition section and 10 to 15 features for the panorama section.Films whose sound-tracks are not in French must be submitted to the Selection Committee with subtitles in French or English.

Documentary film Competition 2022

Aims and means

The documentary film Competition was set up at the initiative of Cinemed, the Montpellier International Festival of  Mediterranean Film and the Médiathèque centrale Émile Zola (Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole) in Montpellier in the aim to promote documentary creation of the films in the Mediterranean basin, including Portugal, Romania, Bulgaria,Georgia and Armenia.

Official Selection

The documentary film competition consists of films selected by Cinemed selection committee on an entirely independent basis and with no possible appeal. The committee reserves the right to accept only films that have the required characteristics. Each film in the documentary film competition will be shown at least twice during the festival. The Montpellier International Festival of Mediterranean Film will draw up the programme of showings. Documentary films not in French must be submitted to the selection committee with French or English subtitles. During the festival, the film could be shown at the film library accessible to professional accreditation holders only on site at the festival, and only during the event. The last version of the film will have to be provided on digital file.

Short Competition:

The short films Official Selection of the 43rd Cinemed will consist in a competition and a panorama of approximately 40 shorts, fiction, animation or documentary films. The selection is made by the Cinemed Selection Committee on an entirely independent basis with no possible appeal. The Committee reserves the right to admit only films with the required characteristics. Films whose soundtracks are not in French must be submitted to the Selection Committee with subtitles in French or English. Each film that is part of the Official Selection will be shown at least twice during the festival. The festival organizers will set the schedule for all showings.

Jury and prizes

The organizers of Cinemed will appoint an official jury for short films made up of personalities with a reputation in the cinema and the arts. This jury will award the GoldenAntigone, the «Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole» official prize.

Feature films: Golden Antigone

(Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole)This prize totals €15,000 as follows: €5,000 for the director and €10,000 for the company which is to distribute the film in French cinemas within the twelve (12) months following the award.Other prizes may be awarded. For information, the prizes awarded in 2022 were as follows:

Filmgoers’ Award (Midi Libre)
This award has a prize of €2,000 which is attributed to the director. An audience consultation procedure concerning the entirety of the Official Selection feature films (that is to say the films in competition and those shown in the panorama) is used to select the winning film.

Critics’ Award (BNP Paribas)

The Montpellier International Festival of Mediterranean Film organization appoints a jury composed of international film critics. This jury decides on the Critics’ Award for the best fiction feature, consisting of €2,000 awarded to the director.

JAM award for best music

€1,200.

Young People’s Award (CMCAS)

Around 10 screenings organized in the CMCAS holidays centers.

Student’s Award (CCU-Crous of Montpellier)

€ 1,500 awarded to the director of a first film in competition features and competition documentaries.The rights owners of a film that has received an award undertake to include the full name of the prize/s received and the corresponding logo/s, together with the logo of Cinemed, in the credits of the film concerned when it is distributed and in all publicity and promotion material.

Documentary Competition: Jury and Prizes

The organizers of Cinemed will appoint an official jury for documentary films made up of personalities with a reputation in the cinema and the arts. The jury will award the ‘Ulysses Prize’ for the best French or international documentary film. This prize consisted in 2022 of €3,000 for the director.

Student’s Award (CCU-Crous of Montpellier) for a first film(minimum 60 minutes)in competition features or in competition documentary. This prize consisted in 2022 of €1,500 for the director.

The rights owners of a film that has received an award undertake to include the full name of the prize/s received and the corresponding logo/s, together with the logo of Cinemed, in the credits of the film concerned when it is distributed and in all publicity and promotion material. Other prizes or mentions may be awarded. The owners of the films winning awards at the Festival undertake to lodge a DVD or Blu-ray with French subtitles copy of their film at the Médiathèque Émile Zola.

Conditions for entry

Feature Films

Fiction films completed since 1 July 2021.

They must have the following characteristics: the subject and handling must contribute to the cinematographic representation of the Mediterranean, the director must be from one of the states in the Mediterranean Basin, the Black Sea states, Portugal or Armenia films with a running time of over 60 minutes and that have not been distributed in France either commercially, non commercially, or on video Accepted screening formats: DCP

Note: films presented for selection at the 2021 Cinemed cannot be entered in 2021.6. Entry procedure Registration for preselection is online only on the festival site: www.cinemed.tm.fr. Deadline for registration: 23rd August 2021.

Documentary Competition:

Documentaries made since 1stJuly 2021, and that have not been broadcast on French TV channels or released in French cinemas,and that have the following characteristics:-running time: minimum 50 minutes. The subject and the treatment should reflect a personal and artistic point of view of the Mediterranean in the social, political, historical, cultural or environmental domain (with the exception of purely tourist, scientific, industrial and training films or news reports)-the director must be from one of the states in the Mediterranean Basin, Portugal, Georgia or Armenia – or the subject of the film must be located in the Mediterranean area or express the cultural features of the latter.

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