Aide aux cinémas du monde

The Aide aux cinémas du monde brings its support to foreign filmmakers who lead a project in co-production with France. Accessible to all nationalities, this selective fund is open to feature films, animation or creative documentaries for a first cinematographic exploitation in theaters. It may be granted before production (pre-filming subsidies). Projects that have not been selected before production can be presented for completion assistance (post-filming subsidies). 


Each year, four supporting sessions are organized and 40 to 50 projects are granted. Since its creation in 2012, 358 films of 89 different nationalities have been supported, including:
•      Félicité by Alain Gomis (Grand Prize of the Jury at the Berlinale 2017)
•      Winter Sleep by Nuri Bilge Ceylan (Palme d'Or in Cannes in 2014)
•      À peine j’ouvre les yeux by Leila Bouzid
•      The Lunchbox by Ritesh Batra
•      Mustang by Deniz Gamze Ergüven (nominated for Best Foreign Language Film Oscar in 2016).
In addition, nearly 100 films supported by the Aide aux cinémas du monde (more than half of the films shot so far) were selected in one of the three most prestigious international festivals (Cannes, Berlin, Venice). Moreover, 17 films were presented in the different selections of the Festival de Cannes in 2019.


1. The film must be a co-production between a production company established in France and one that is not, it must be directed by a non-French (or exceptionally French) director.
2. The language in which it is filmed may be the official or commonly-used language(s) of the foreign country of which the director is a national; or of the territory where the film is shot.
3. Pre-filming subsidies must be applied for before the start of any filming.
4. Post-filming subsidies must be applied for by the French production company and are only applicable to projects rejected at the pre-filming stage


▷ A committee of professionals chooses the projects based on their artistic quality, their ability to present different points of view and new ideas to the general public, as well as the relative weakness of the foreign professional network on which the projects would depend.
▷ The committee comprises two sub-committees (colleges), presided over by two Vice-Presidents, one open to first or second films of a director, and the other to projects by experienced directors.
▷ The projects are examined at three stages: first by the reading committee, then by the plenary committee, which decides whether the projects should be supported or not and finally by the assessment committee, which sets the aid amount.


The Aide aux cinémas du monde is co-managed by the Institut français and the CNC, which contributes to a decisive part of its funding. The Institut français provides the secretariat and the organization of the first college.
▶︎ More information and applications on the websites of the Institut français and the CNC

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