Cannes Classics Submission

Cannes Classics

Cannes Classics Submission

Submission Deadline: March 17, 2023

Submit your restored film to Cannes Classics. Submissions must have the purpose of supporting cinematic heritage works.


The films submitted to Cannes Classics must have the mission of promoting cinematographic heritage works. The program is based on proposals from right-holders, film catalogue-holders, national archives, cinematheques, studios, producers and distributors.

Films submitted as world premieres can be:

  • Newly restored copies, which are about to go through a new life in movie theaters, festivals, on VOD or SVOD or on DVD/Blu-ray editions.
  • Film tributes to foreign cinematographies or artists.
  • Documentaries about cinema.

Any entity submitting a film guarantees that it owns the rights of reproduction and diffusion for the projection of the film at the Festival de Cannes, or that it has obtained from the right-holder the necessary authorizations. It guarantees the Festival de Cannes any third-party recourse relating to a screening of the film as part of the Festival. 

Film Duration

Films submitted at Cannes Classics can be short or feature films, with no duration limits.


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

  • 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 note that it will be possible to submit a working copy of films being restored or documentaries about cinema. By completing the registration form you will need to specify whether it is the final version or a work in progress. We will later ask you to send us an excerpt of the restoration which is being carried out or the documentary in its final form..

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.


No registration or screening fees will be asked to register a film at Cannes Classics.

The application and are borne by the producer or the sender.


The Festival de Cannes will not ship back received DVDs/Blu-rays once they have been screened.

Heritage works

Cannes Classics was created as part of the 2004 Cannes Film Festival on the initiative of Thierry Frémaux , who then held the position of artistic delegate for the festival.

It presents in two categories, "tribute" and "restored copies", tributes and documentaries on films and cinema personalities for the first and films of international cinematographic heritage in restored copies for the second.

The section responds to the desire to promote, alongside the cinema in the making, films older than those presented in competition by giving another dimension to the promotional ambition that the Festival has set itself. 

If your Film is Selected ..

You will be contacted after the official press conference.

You must supply us either with a subtitled DCP (Digital Cinema Package) 2K or 4K, a JPEG 2000 file or a subtitled 35mm print (please let us know in advance if you wish to screen a new 35mm print).

The Head of Cannes Classics will send you all the necessary information in due time, only if your film is selected.

Submit Restored Film