Cannes Film Festival Submission Deadline

Julius Caesar was once warned about the Ides of March, and as it turned out, March 15th wasn’t a very good day for him. It was, however, an excellent film starring the late great Marlon Brando. Times have changed for the better, and now March 15th is a day to be eagerly anticipated, especially if you are going to submit a film at the Festival de Cannes. The Cannes Film Festival submission deadline is March 15th, 2009, for all you amateur and professional filmmakers.

The festival itself will be held from May 13th -24th, 2009 and will celebrating sixty-one years of films entered into this prestigious competition. In 1939, the French minister for Public Instruction and the Arts, Jean Zay, proposed an International Film Festival, but due to World War II the first festival was not held until 1946. With the exception of years 1948 and 1950, the festival has taken place each and every year starting off as a small film forum and slowly turning into a serious competition.

While the Cannes Film Festival submission deadline is the most important date to remember for the filmmaker, it’s equally important to understand what is required for actually submitting the film.

1. The film must comply with the pre-selection conditions – meaning that it cannot have been shown on the Internet, distributed internationally, etc.

2. The online entry form must be completed in its entirety.

3. The film should be sent to the address indicated on the entry form. If it is sent anywhere else, it will not be entered into the competition.

4. You must comply with all Festival rules and regulations.

Providing that you have met the official Cannes Film Festival submission deadline, you can look forward to your film being selected for one of six categories. Unfortunetly, you cannot pick which category your film will be put into unless it is a short film (under 15 minutes in length, including credits). The categories include…

In Competition
Un Certain Regard
Out of Competition
Special Screening
Cinefondation
Short Films

Once your film is entered into its category, then the Jurors take over and are responsible for selecting the films that will receive the coveted Cannes awards. The Jurors are found by the Festivals Board of Directors and are selected based upon their body of work, and amount of respect by their peers.

If your film is good enough to win, these are some of the awards you can look forward to. If you win In Competition, the President of the Festival presents the award during closing ceremonies in any of these categories: Best Director, Best Actor/Actress, Best Screenplay, etc. Those who win in Un Certain Regard receive grant money to aid in the film’s distribution throughout France. Cinefondation awards three prizes for the best film school entries. The Camera d’Or Prize is for the best film debut by an unknown Director.

So remember, the next Cannes Film Festival submission deadline is March 15th, 2009.

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