Global / Shorts

Festival de Cinéma Européen des Arcs

The Les Arcs European Film Festival was created in 2009 and has become, in six years, a major showcase for independent European cinema in France. The festival takes place every year during the opening week of the ski season, in Bourg-Saint-Maurice – Les Arcs, one of the world's largest  ski resorts. The main objectives are to promote and to develop European cinema in all its richness and diversity.  Every year, the event gathers more than 18 000 spectators and 900 professionals around a selection of 120 films (feature films and short films) and four major professional events.
Submission/Selection/Requirements Competition
Recent films that have not been and will not be released in France before the festival, mainly European-produced or from a European director (European in the geographical sense (including Turkey, Russia, Armenia...)).
The Panorama section shows films that have been awarded in their own country or that had audience success but have not been distributed in France (and do not have a French distributor at the date of entry).
Les Arcs European Film Festival offers, every year, a rich and prestigious programming of 120 films (80 features and 40 shorts). The selection, which is made by Artistic Director, Frédérique Boyer, former General Manager of the Directors’ Fornight in Cannes and currently Tribeca Film Festival Artistic Director, aims to bring together the best of European cinema through a total of nine different sections:
  • The Official Competition aims to reveal talented film directors who are rarely distributed outside their national borders.
  • Twelve feature films compete for the Crystal Arrow awarded by the festival’s jury. The winner is granted in-kind support for postproduction.
  • The European Panorama presents six-eight films which have been awarded in their countries but are as yet unreleased in France.
  • The Focus section: after Hungary, Denmark, Italy, Belgium, Yugoslavian countries and Ireland, Norway is the 2015 Guest of Honour. Through this section, the Festival highlights every year, the cinematography of another European country, with a selection of contemporary movies and real classics.
  • The festival’s selection also includes European Premieres with a high commercial potential, a Youth Programme targeting young local students, 23 short films in competitition, a school films section that gathers together 10 short films from prestigious European film schools, 10 musical films in order to link the cinema and the music industries, and special screenings.

In 2014, the Festival launched the Music Village, a festival inside the festival, divided between a public side (concerts, showcases, DJ sets) and a professional side, enabling young composers to network with the cinema industry. Furthermore, the industry is present throughout three other professionnal events: The Coproduction Village, The Summit, a meeting between distributors and operators, and the Film School Village, which brings together graduate students from the most prestigious European Film Schools.