The Film and Human Rights Festival is a cultural event organized by the Parisian branch of Amnesty International. Its aim is to promote films on human rights, and organises a competition of short films on this theme.
The selected short films will be screened during the festival, which will take place from 12 to 14 November 2021, on 13 November for the Short Film Evening at the Reflet Médicis in Paris. They will compete for the three prizes of the Film and Human Rights Festival: the Human Rights Grand Prize, the Jury Prize and the Audience Prize.
How to register
Short films cannot exceed 25 minutes and must deal with human rights.
The festival accepts all types of films (fiction, documentary, experimental, animation, music videos...), made after January 1st, 2020.
Films must be in French version or subtitled in French.
For more information, see the Terms and Conditions below.
Films must be sent before July 16, 2021 at 11:59 pm via our website.
Submission is free of charge.
The official announcement of the selected films will be made during September 2021.
The selected participants will be notified by email before the official announcement of the selection.
article 1 - Objectives
The Film and Human Rights Festival is a cultural event organized by the Parisian branch of Amnesty International. Its aim is to promote films on human rights, including a competition of short films on this theme.
article 2 - Conditions of participation and registration
Registration for the festival is free. Each director can propose several films, but a registration form must be filled in for each film presented. Films must be sent before July 16, 2021 at 23:59 (UTC+2). Films refused at the previous edition of the festival cannot be resubmitted.
article 3 - Content and selection of films
The festival seeks to give priority to films dealing with human rights. For example, short films may fall under the following non-exhaustive list of themes:
- Defending freedom of expression: Supporting freedom of opinion and human rights defenders. Combating internet censorship, mass surveillance and violations of freedom of opinion, religion, association and demonstration.
- Combat all forms of discrimination : Ensure access to sexual and reproductive rights for all. Fight against all forms of discrimination (related to gender, origin, community or religion...).
- Protect civilian populations in conflicts: Ensure respect of international humanitarian law. To obtain the protection of refugees. Demand the regulation of the arms trade. Fight against coerced disappearances.
- Give real access to justice: Allow access to rights for all. Fight against the death penalty and torture. Defend international justice and universal jurisdiction. Promote the responsibility of multinational companies.
The festival accepts all types of films (fiction, documentary, experimental, animation, music videos...), made after January 1st, 2020. Films must not exceed 25 minutes, including credits. Films must be sent via our website. Films must be in French version or subtitled in French.
article 4 - Selection procedures
The selection committee, made up of all the festival organisers, will decide which films will be selected to participate in the festival. The list of films in competition will be available at least two weeks before the festival. The selection committee reserves the right to retain other films it deems relevant, to screen them out of competition, subject to the agreement of the rights holders.
article 5 - Screening and prizes
The selected films will be screened in November 2021 at the Film and Human Rights Festival, during a public screening in a Parisian theatre. For theatrical screening, only the DCP format is accepted. The festival reserves the right to accept other formats if necessary. All the selected films compete for the three prizes of the Film and Human Rights Festival. The Human Rights Grand Prize is awarded by an independent jury made up of personalities from the world of film and human rights specialists. The Audience Prize is awarded by the audience present at the screening of the short films. The Jury Prize is awarded by the jury present at the screening. The prize-winning short films will also be screened at special screenings during evenings organised by Amnesty International's youth branch. The festival team is at your disposal for any information on this matter.
article 6 - Sending copies
If the film is selected, the director or producer is obliged to send the projection material. The return of the projection material is done by the festival, at the festival's expense. In case of loss or damage of the supports, the festival will only insure the copy at the value of the support.
article 7 - Broadcasting rights and duplication
Registration to the Film and Human Rights Festival implies the unreserved acceptance of the terms of the present terms and conditions. The director who presents a film at the festival declares to be the lawful owner of the rights of distribution, reproduction and representation of the film. The Festival reserves the right to promote the selected films, in the form of extracts not exceeding one minute of the film. These extracts may be used for the promotion of the festival, on the Internet or on television or in cinemas. These extracts will only be used for this purpose, and the rights holders may explicitly oppose them if necessary.
article 8 - Unforeseen cases and disputes
The decisions of the organizers and the jury are final. The event organisers are responsible for settling cases unforeseen in the regulations and for granting any exceptions to the above provisions.
article 9 - Cancellation, transfers
The festival reserves the right to cancel the event and/or competition, and/or to transfer the venue.
article 10 - Acceptance of the rules
The registration of films implies the acceptance of all the terms and conditions established by the present regulations.