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[Festival des cinémas différents et expérimentaux de Paris - 19ème édition ]

du 04/10/2017 au 15/10/2017


FCDEP - 19th 

Oct. 4-15th
Le Grand Action | Centre Pompidou 
l'Etoile | Maison de la culture du Japon
 Ciné 104 | The Window

This year marks the beginning of a new chapter for the festival. Because we are first and foremost at the service of the films we present, we have decided to ensure the best screening conditions possible by holding the festival at the Grand Action movie theater.

Our customary international competition will offer forty-four films from over twenty different countries. The international jury will deliberate publicly in an open session.

            Fifteen “focus” screenings will be programmed around the main theme present in this nineteenth festival edition : technique, its role, use, history and paradigms.

            Each experimental film is simultaneously a technical object, a plastic object et an object which constructs meaning. Whereas cinema’s first technique consisting in running strips of photosensitive film through cameras and projectors is rather well understood by most (at least in its principle), digital technology, which brought a new world of knowledge inherited from computing into film, remains to many a relatively impenetrable science.

Understanding a film in its technical form is therefore no longer as simple as it once was. We’d like to encourage our audience to take interest in the technical aspects of the films they see, more so in the case of works in which the author’s technical interventions contribute directly to its singularity.

Technique and aesthetics make up the two pillars of all artistic cinematic endeavours. All the while, the function and logic of the one can never impose itself completely on the other. Let us then keep this equation in the back of our minds so as to cultivate and travel through this fertile selection of films.

Four special events will punctuate this edition: A selection of films authored by filmmakers under the age of fifteen will offer the chance to discover astonishing works which prove a remarkable sense of maturity, intelligence and complexity. Our festival-goers will be invited to take part in a free Super 8 workshop as well as a Virtual Reality immersive installation. Lastly, the Labex Arts-H2H will hold a conference at the ENS Louis-Lumiere in which we will go into the depths of some questions raised by this year’s selection of films, examining different views and positions regarding optical processes within twenty-first century image capture and projection.

The entire CJC team wishes you an wonderful 2017 edition.


Download the french programme

Catalogue 2017

Schedule and pratical informations

Award Winers

Press issue

Photos album


44 FILMS (2016-2017) | 24 COUNTRIES

70 FILMS (1922-2017) | 14 PROGRAMMES
Screenings, installations, performances, ciné-concerts

Seminar,  Super 8 workshop, young filmmakers focus, virtual reality immersion

Partnerships : 

Centre national du cinéma et de l'image animée, Mairie de Paris, Direction Régionale des Affaires Culturelles d'Ile de France, Région Ile-de-France, L'Abominable, Re:Voir, The Film Gallery, Ecole nationale supérieure Louis-Lumière, Université Paris VIII Vincennes - Saint-Denis, Est Ensemble, L'Etna, REALITY AGENCY, Investissements d'avenir, Labex Arts-H2H, Cinéma Le Grand Action, L'Étoile, Ciné 104, Côté court, Seconda Voce, Maison de la culture du Japon, The Window