1st International School Short Film Festival, ISMA Cotonou, Benin, 11-14.01.2017 - Call for movies


The higher Institute of Audiovisual Careers named in French ISMA Cotonou – Benin is organizing the 1st edition of the International School Short Film Festival (Festival International du Court-Métrage des Ecoles de Cinéma).

The festival will take place starting Wednesday, January 11th until Saturday, January 14th, 2017 on the ISMA Cotonou, Benin premises.

The aim of the festival is to promote short films from film/cinema schools and present them to the Beninese and African public. It is also an opportunity to offer a platform for young filmmakers from different cultures and backgrounds to meet and exchange ideas.

1. Conditions of Participation, Length & Genre of Films

Only the short films that are created and produced in the context of film schools or universities teaching filmmaking, cinema, and audiovisual arts are eligible to participate in the 1st edition of FICMEC.
Duration: limited to 26 minutes per film.
Genres: fiction, documentary, animation.
Year of production: films completed after 01/01/2015.
Subtitles: subtitles in French or English are mandatory.
Original shooting format : any format.
Required pre-selection copies : DVD Pal or a link
Screening/projection format in case of selection in the final program of the festival : Apple ProRes 4.2.2
Submission/participation: free of charge.

2. Submission Procedures

Send a copy of the registration form duly completed and signed (my mail) in a package enclosing:
Two DVD Pal copies or a link of the film for the pre-selection & projection, stating on the DVD box:

the film’s title
the director’s full name
the film’s length
the language of the subtitles
the genre of the movie (fiction, documentary, animation)
the production year of the film
the school/university presenting the film
the country of production

the mail & telephone contacts of the director or producer, or holder of distribution rights

contacts, links & e-mail address of the director

3. Mailing Address

All documents mentioned above must reach the festival’s office before or at the latest on Wednesday, November 30th 2016 addressed to:

           1er Festival International du Court-Métrage des Ecoles de Cinéma.

Institut Supérieur des Métiers de l’Audiovisuel (ISMA)

Lot 1804 A Fidjrossè - Cotonou

Tel : +229 97 27 49 49  /  +229 95 49 11 11.

Email :

4. Screening, Final Selection & Programming

The pre-selection committee of the festival will inform the directors & heads of schools of the official selection of the 1st International School Short Films Festival of Benin before December 15th, 2016.
The festival’s management will decide the order and schedule of screenings of the selected films.
The right holders of selected films agree upon official notification of the decision of the festival, to reserve the rights of the film in Benin to the 1st International School Short Films Festival of Benin

5. Private Screening

No film selected will be promoted in any form whatsoever or presented outside the frame of the festival without prior agreement from the beneficiaries of the films.

The festival reserves the right to use excerpts of less than 3 minutes of the selected films for promotional purposes of the festival.

6. Shipment of Selected Films

Official screening copies of the selected must reach ISMA before Wednesday, November 30th, 2016 – deadline for receipt of screening copies of films programmed at the festival.
The copies should be sent to the festival’s offices (address mentioned above).
Expedition of the public screening copy is to be taken in charge by the participant.
The festival could return the copies back to the country of origin at the expenses of the applicant.
It is imperative to include “No Commercial Value - For Cultural Purposes Only” on the shipment’s package.

7. Awards & Prizes

Six prizes will be awarded by the international jury of the festival:

Best Short Film (Fiction)
Best Short Documentary
Best Short Animation
Jury’s Favorite
People Choice’s Award
Grand Prix Pascal ABIKANLOU

The festival will publish a catalog containing the presentation of the films selected for competition & their directors.

8. Accommodation of International Official Guests

The festival takes charge of the reservations and hotel/lodging expenses for the period of the stay of its international and official guests – an administrative representative or teacher from the school, and the student(s) / director(s) of the selected film(s).
The festival provides all meals to its guests for the festival’s period.
The transport from Airport-Hotel is also provided.
The invited participants must take charge of travel expenses and procedures.
Any person not officially invited & accompanying a participant to the festival will not have their lodgings or meals taken care of by the festival’s organization.

9. Litigation

Participation to the festival implies the unconditional acceptance of the above terms & conditions by the producer(s), director(s) or their representatives; the organizing committee is the sole authority to settle disputes not covered by this regulation.

10. Information

- For further information and queries about the festival:

Download: Appel_à_communication_janvier_2017_.docx
Download: Règles_FICMEC_fr.docx.docx
Download: Rules_FICMEC_en.docx.docx

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