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Reactions of support and solidarity from all over the world, from film and audiovisual professionals and film buffs alike.


Since the publication of the open letter by Éric Roux, President of the Sauve qui peut le court métrage association, on May 15, many supporters of the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival have made their voices heard. Their support took many forms: official press releases, speeches, tribunes, signing and sharing a petition...

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A non-exhaustive focus on the invaluable support from everywhere: from the Croisette in Cannes, from professional institutions and organizations, from filmmakers and culture lovers around the world, not to mention countless articles like those in Screen Daily  or Deadline .


Marks of trust and recognition during the Cannes Film Festival


Part of the Clermont-Ferrand short film festival team was away at the Cannes Film Festival last week. They were given the floor on several occasions: during a debate organized by ACID (Association du cinéma indépendant pour sa diffusion), at the start of a screening of short films at the Semaine de la critique, and also at the UniFrance award ceremony.


The filmmakers of short and feature films also spoke:



Just Philippot has a history with the festival and its team. Tennis Elbow, which he co-wrote with his brother Vital, was screened in 2016, then his short Acide was in national competition in 2018. For his first feature film, La Nuée, shot near Lac des Fades, he was supported by the Auvergne Film Commission. After the screening of his feature film Acide (a longer version of the eponymous short), he shared this story with the entire Salle Lumière at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes, evoking the importance of the Clermont-Ferrand festival.




Hungarian director Flóra-Ana Buda received the Palme d'Or for Best Short Film for her film 27. As she received her award, she dedicated it to the teachers and students of Hungary, with a special thought for the Clermont-Ferrand short film festival.





The directors in the running for the Palme d'Or for short films, for the official photocall, display their support in black and white: SAVE CLERMONT ISFF.




© Maxence Parey - Festival de Cannes 


At the initiative of the SPI (Syndicat des Producteurs et Productrices Indépendants), the idea was put forward for directors to show their support for the short film festival.

Press releases, texts and proof of support from festivals, institutions and professional bodies

  • L’Agence du court métrage 
  • le SPI - Syndicat des Producteurs et Productrices Indépendants  
  • l’ACID - Association du Cinéma Indépendant pour sa Diffusion
  • La SRF - Société des Réalisatrices et réalisateurs Français
  • Le BLIC - Bureau de Liaison des Industries Cinématographiques,
  • le BLOC - Bureau de Liaison des Organisations du Cinéma et
  •  l’ARP –Société civile des Auteurs Réalisateurs Producteurs
  • Le ROC - Regroupement des Organisations du Court métrage
  • l’ADAMI - Société civile pour l'Administration des Droits des Artistes et Musiciens Interprètes
  • la FACC - Fédération de l’Action Culturelle Cinématographique
  • la SACD - Société des Auteurs et Compositeurs Dramatiques
  • la SCAM - Société Civile des Auteurs Multimédia
  • le GREC - Groupe de Recherches et d'Essais Cinématographiques
  • Carrefour des festivals - Association facilitating exchanges between film festivals in France
  • UNIFRANCE - Organization in charge of promoting French cinema and audiovisual abroad
  • l'AFCAE - Association Française des Cinémas Art et Essai
  • Leading international platform dedicated to the film festival circuit

And also : 


Film professionals, producers, directors, actors, critics, or friends of the festival... who took the time to show us their support via social networks or by signing the open letter : 

Denis Villeneuve, Virginie Efira, Mathieu Kassovitz, Léa Drucker, Cédric Klapisch, Hiam Abbass, Alain Guiraudie, Dominik Moll, Oliver Babinet, Xavier Beauvois, Lucas Belvaux, Emmanuelle Bercot, Zinedine Soualem, Julie Bertuccelli, Romane Bohringer, Laurent Cantet, Benoît Forgeard, Karin Viard, Yann Gonzalez, Robert Guédiguian, Vimala Pons, Vincent Maël Cardona, Thomas Cailley, Hubert Charuel, Davy Chou, Jérémy Clapin, Clément Cogitore, Arnaud Des Pallières, Céline Devaux, Pierre-Emmanuel Barré, Pascale Faure, Thierry Jousse, Jacques Kermabon, Julia Mingo, Christine Ott, Tangui Perron, Simon Riaux, François Theurel, Charles Tesson ... 


Find the list of signatories under the petition


Read the letter on




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