La CINEF Submission

La CINEF Submission

La CINEF Submission

Submission Deadline: February 16, 2023

Submit your student short film, documentary or feature film to La CINEF.


  • have been directed by a student within his/her film school curriculum
  • have been made during the 18 months preceding the Festival
  • have not been presented at major international festivals. However a film can have been shown at a festival in its country of origin
  • has not been shown internationally or online
  • not exceed 60 minutes in running-time
  • documentaries are not accepted.

Films made at Junior secondary school or High school level are not accepted for selection in this section of the Festival, only films produced in the context of a Film school or Film studies department of a University are eligible.

La Cinef selects fifteen to twenty short and medium-length films each year from film schools all over the world.

Technical Requirements

We accept all kinds of source files. If your film is already on your computer you can very probably upload it straight away.

Video format requirements: 

Accepted file formats (endings): .MP4/ .MOV / WMV / .AVI / FLV 
Recommended codecs: MJPEG H264 (high bitrate if possible: minimum 2MBit/s and Uncompressed (very large files!) 
Resolution: PAL or NTSC (as well as SECAM) from 720x400px up to HD material of 1920x1080px

Audio format requirements

48kHz sound PCM (only uncompressed)


AAC (if possible > 160 kBit/s)

File specifications

We only accept multiplexed files (i.e. with audio, video and subtitles in a single file). Your film file should not exceed 10 GB. The higher the resolution, the better the quality of scanning. You can upload a film with a resolution of up to 1920x1080 pixels (HD), as long as it does not exceed 10 GB.


The selection committee will screen films: 
WITHOUT subtitles if the original language is French or English. 
WITH French or English subtitles for all other original languages. 
For subtitled films, the subtitles must be integrated into the image.

Preparation of the film

Make sure that your film has no colour bars or any black sequences before the film starts or after it ends. Please also make sure you upload a progressive (deinterlaced) video file, without any horizontal lines across the image (an interlacing artefact known as "combing"), particularly visible during sequences with rapid movement.

It is possible to send a working copy of the film. When filling in the entry form, please state if it is the final version or a working version. Submission of a working copy does not allow for later submission of a final copy unless requested by the Festival.

Films from film schools have to be registered with La Cinef Selection and cannot be registered for the Cannes Short Film Festival Competition.

Short films (from 1 to 35 min) can also be registered in the Short Film Corner: a meeting place dedicated to short films within the Festival de Cannes.

If your Film is selected ..

You will be contacted before the official press conference. 
You must supply us with a DCP (Digital Cinema Package) with a JPEG 2000 file.

The Festival de Cannes will send you all the necessary information in due time, but only if your film is selected.

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