SUBMISSIONS - The ACID programme in Cannes


Submissions for ACID Cannes 2023 are now open!

The ACID Cannes programme 2023 organized by ACID (Association for the Distribution of Independent Cinema) will be held in Cannes from May 17th to May 26th, 2023, during the Cannes International Film Festival. 



The film submission will close on March 17th, 2023 at midnight.


Films must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Feature films (fiction and documentaries running time 60 minutes minimum)
  • Films with no previous theatrical release in France 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 2022

For films without a French distributor: 

  • Films produced for cinema (no Television Film)

Entry fees are required for each feature film submission:

Early bird until January 31st: 35€ 

From February 1st until February 28th: 60€ 

From March 1st until March 16th: 90 € 

For more information:

For the past thirty years, we, the ACID filmmakers, have been programming nine feature films each year during the Cannes International Film Festival.

This programme is the result of a collective process, which is not guided by any editorial line, and based on a simple guiding principle: as filmmakers ourselves, which films do we wish to support and accompany to the audience?

Choosing a film for our Cannes programme means making a strong commitment: to work with the film and its director(s) throughout its life in cinemas and festivals, in France and abroad.

We base our programme on the idea that if we had such a strong desire to program these nine films, then this desire will be transmitted to those who discover them after us. Nothing is more contagious than enthusiasm.

Calling you today to send us your films is to tell you in advance how much we are looking forward to discovering them, discussing them passionately, choosing them and then presenting them. ACID is the place where the most unexpected, surprising and unconventional forms can find their home. If our programme has this pioneering and unpredictable dimension, it is because nothing is less predictable than the singular and attentive views of filmmakers on the work of other filmmakers.

We know that films are objects that need to be cared for, and it is to this care that we commit ourselves. A care that goes hand-in-hand with our love for free and daring cinema, which we are certain, in advance, to share with you.

We look forward to seeing your films!

The ACID Filmmakers

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


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