The Sections


The Official Selection presents 60 features among its three categories: Competition, Out of Competition, and “Un Certain Regard”.


This parallel section programs approximately 25 features. The films presented are eligible for several prizes given by different partner associations.


This parallel and competitive section is reserved to debut or second features and only showcases 10 features.

Registration fees

Entry fees are waived for the Canadian features submitted to the selection screenings held in Montréal.

Selection process

The Festival de Cannes, the Directors’ Fortnight and the Critics' Week, are part of the Cannes event but are managed by three distinct entities. Each delegate will screen separately and evaluate the entries for the section he/she represents.

Once the screenings are over, if a film is preselected (“shortlisted”) by one or several delegates, we will inform the applicant who will then be required to submit it online on the festival’s platform. Shortlisted films will then be screened by the rest of the committee in Paris for a final evaluation and decision. Final decisions will be communicated by the festival in April.

During the screenings in Montréal, the programmers will only screen narrative features.

Documentaries and short films are screened by different programmers and must be submitted directly to the Cannes Festival and its parallel section, the Directors’ Fortnight and the Critics’ Week.

Screening format and deliveries

Screening link are preferred but, DCP and Blu-Ray are accepted.

Your image editing must be final. The programmers are used to viewing work at the post-production stage (i.e. with no colour timing, no sound mix, no final music, etc.) and, as such, know how to “fill in the technical gaps.”

Films in English are accepted without subtitles at the evaluation stage.

Physical copies must be sent to the Telefilm Canada office in Montreal.

For more information about our delivery deadlines, please contact Myriam Blais - Event Coordinator.