RULES & REGULATIONS
1. The PriMed – International Festival of Mediterranean Documentary Film and Reportage is open to all directors, producers and distributors who, through their programmes or films, contribute to a better understanding of the countries of the Mediterranean basin in its widest sense, from the Atlantic coasts to the Black Sea.
The audiovisual works presented should be about the culture, heritage, history, societies and life of the men and women living in Mediterranean countries.
They must not contain any form of advertising or propaganda.
Each work can only be entered for one category, and the choice must be clearly indicated in the application form.
Registration for the PriMed is free.
How the event is organised
2. The competition has three phases:
– January 2018 : call for films – Deadline for registering and sending films: 31st March 2018
– May / June 2018 : an international Selection Committee chooses the films which will be shown in the finals
– November / December 2018, finals of PriMed : the International Jury watches the films and decides the winners; meetings of Mediterranean Young People Jury; public screenings and meetings; awards ceremony
3. Six Awards are given to the films in competition:
Grand Prix “Mediterranean Challenges”
This prize is given to the best film (documentary or reportage) on a current Mediterranean subject, lasting more than 30 minutes. It picks out productions which improve our understanding of the present situation in the Mediterranean and rewards a director’s skill at questioning events and putting them into perspective, as well as his capacity to listen to the principal characters.
“Mediterranean Memories” Award
This prize rewards the documentary lasting more than 30 minutes, which – with or without archives – most successfully places in a present-day context historical events concerning the Mediterranean, stories of men and women, whether individual or collective, or places of symbolism and memory.
“First Documentary Film” Award
This award recognizes the talent of a film director who made no more than three films. Works produced as part of a school or training can also compete. Running time must exceed 30 minutes.
“Mediterranean Art, Heritage and Cultures” Award
This prize rewards the documentary film lasting more than 30 minutes, which highlights the region’s artistic life (music, plastic arts, live theatre, visual arts), its heritage (sites, monuments, works of art, archaeology, architecture) and other instances of Mediterranean culture (folklore and traditions).
Mediterranean Young People Award
This award is given by a jury of schoolboys from Sud Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur Region and from Euro-Mediterranean countries. It rewards one of the films chosen between a selection made by CMCA.
“Mediterranean Short Doc” Award – Audience Award
This award is for a documentary or a reportage – lasting less than 30 minutes – whose subject is about Mediterranean area.
These awards are for the directors and authors of the work concerned.
In addition, broadcasting awards may be given by representatives of the television companies and are entirely at their discretion. They will be chosen from amongst any of the films in the final selection. The broadcast of any work thus rewarded has to be agreed individually between the broadcaster and the makers of the film.
4. The same film cannot win more than two awards (except for the broadcasting award).
Selection Committee and International Jury
5. The Selection Committee and the International Jury are made up of cinema and TV professionals (directors, producers, distributors), as well as specialists of the Mediterranean area.
Their decisions are final.
The Selection Committee is entitled to change a film from one category to another one. In any given year, a member of the Selection Committee cannot also sit on the International Jury.
The decisions of the International Jury must be reached by a majority of members. If by the third vote a majority has not been reached, the president has the casting vote. The Jury cannot attribute ex aequo awards.
Conditions concerning the works presented
6. The presented works:
– must have been produced after January 1st, 2017;
– must not have already been submitted to a previous edition of PriMed;
– in the case of a documentary series or a film with more than one episode, only one episode can be submitted;
– in the case of a co-production, the programme may only be entered into the competition by one of the producers, with prior agreement from the other partners. The name of all the co-producers must be included in the application form.
7. To enter the competition, you must fill in the application form available online at:
You must complete this form in its entirety with all the requested elements (in French (priority), or in English):
– Only accepted format: H264 / mp4
– File size max: 8 GB
– Only downloadable file (Vimeo, WeTransfer, Google Drive, etc.). Films that cannot be downloaded, they will not be accepted.
The information about the film (synopsis, biography and pictures) will appear on the CMCA and PriMed websites
The application form must be carefully filled in by an authorized person.
8. If the programme is selected for the final stage, the following items must be provided:
Full time-coded script of the programme in English (if the film doesn’t have a French version)
A HD video (Blu-ray) of the film with French subtitles embedded images
Commitments of Participants
9. The directors and copyright-holders of the films selected agree to not withdraw their films after the announcement of their selection which will be made public on the website of CMCA and PriMed.
10. The authors and producers of the films in competition authorize CMCA to the non-commercial use (public screenings) of their film during the PriMed week and beyond, for educational and cultural purposes, as part of PriMed promotion.
At the end of the festival edition, for the selected films, a video on demand system will be set up in a cultural place in Marseille for two months.
Some short extracts of the films may be uploaded on the CMCA and PriMed websites, and they can also be used for any purpose the CMCA wishes for PriMed promotion.
The films will remain in the CMCA archives. They can be used for documentation and any other purpose the CMCA wishes for PriMed promotion.
11. The directors and copyrights-holders of an award-winning work agree to mention their award on any material connected with the film’s broadcast after the PriMed.
12. The directors and copyrights-holders of an award-winning work agree to inform the CMCA if their film is selected by other festivals, so that the information may be included in the CMCA newsletter “Méditerranée Audiovisuelle”.
13. Submission of a programme to compete in the PriMed – International Festival of Mediterranean Documentary Film and Reportage implies the unconditional acceptance of these rules and regulations in their entirety.