SUBMISSIONS - The ACID programme in Cannes

Despite the circumstances, we have chosen to maintain the usual criteria of ACID CANNES programming, namely to commit to supporting as many films, 9 feature films, with the same special attention given to films without distributors and first features.

Out of these 5 fictions and 4 creative documentaries, 5 films are directed by women.

We have also decided over the last few days to co-present with the Official Selection one of our common favourites.

Only the ACID TRIP #4 program, which was supposed to be dedicated to young Chilean cinema, has been postponed to 2021.

As every year, it is an adventure of several months that begins between us filmmakers, the ACID team and these supported films, even if its starting point will unfortunately not be the city of Cannes.

Starting in June, we will work to promote the films to our international partners at the online Cannes Film Market and, in the fall, professional screenings will be held in the regions for exhibitors.

We will, we hope, welcome the film teams at the public screenings to be held from September 25 to September 29 at Le Louxor in Paris, from October 2 to October 4 at Comoedia in Lyon, from October 9 to October 13 at Gyptis and La Baleine in Marseille. Then also at the Cinémathèque de Corse, as well as in numerous partner festivals that do us the honour of inviting us in France and abroad.

ACID will then deploy its programming, support and image education measures thanks to our network of member cinemas, educational partners and our "relay" spectators and young ambassadors.

We look forward to seeing you, up close, in the cinemas.


Films must fulfil the following requirements:

  • Feature films (fiction and documentaries running time 60minutes minimum)
  • Films with no previous release in French theatres, television broadcast, internet or VOD.
  • Films not selected in Berlin / Venice / Locarno
  • Screening formats in Cannes: DCP with French and English subtitles
  • Films produced after May 1st 2019 * For films without a French distributor
  • Films produced for cinema (no television film)

NB: Films that have been submitted for previous editions will not be reconsidered for ACID Cannes 2020, even under a new editing.

For more information:

The ACID programme at the Cannes International Film Festival was created in 1993. Films are chosen by fifteen or so filmmakers, members of the association. It screens nine feature films, fiction and documentary, chosen among hundreds of works from all around the world.

ACID filmmakers follow their love for a film and wish to give visibility to directors whose work is scarcely distributed, in order to facilitate a theatrical release.

The screenings, open to professionals and also to the public are all followed by Q&As with the films' crews and ACID filmmakers who supported the films.

The films shown in Cannes are then accompanied by ACID and its filmmakers in the various stages of the theatrical release (search for distributors / promotion / programming / organization of the Q&A's / audience research).

During the Cannes Film Festival, ACID (Association for the Distribution of Independant Cinema) presents nine feature films. This programme is shown at Palais des festivals & Les Arcades, Studio 13, Alexandre III, movie theaters in Cannes.

Among authors whose first features were programmed in ACID Cannes are: Lucas Belvaux, Serge Bozon, Djinn Carrénard, Vincent Dieutre, Rachid Djaïdani, Benoit Forgeard, Alain Gomis, Arnaud et Jean-Marie Larrieu, Hicham Lasri, Ursula Meier, Avi Mograbi, Yolande Moreau et Gilles Porte, Nathan Nicholovitch, Ioanis Nuguet, Nicolás Pereda, Pierre Schoeller, Claire Simon, Justine Triet

Publié le lundi 16 octobre 2017
Mis à jour le mardi 09 juin 2020

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