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The 2024 Clermont-Ferrand Film Festival will take place in a modified, reduced version due to it's financial situation




The closing ceremony of the 2023 Festival with confetti raining down on the award-winners and jury members - © SQPLCM, Anthonin Robineau 

Last May, the festival team issued a call for help, amidst uncertainty, but more importantly, amidst widespread mobilization on the part of their audience, their partners and the entire film industry, which they once again want to thank you for.


So now, the team wants to reassure you once and for all in print that Yes, the 2024 Clermont-Ferrand Film Festival will take place.


Nevertheless, although the Festival will be held from 2nd through 10th February next year, it won’t be quite the same. In fact, the uncertainty surrounding our financial situation has not abated. The impacts of the Covid year, the increase in costs due to inflation, and oftentimes precarious financing have left a lasting impact on the Festival, the organization and the teams. So, in order to be able to welcome you into theaters next February, the Festival team had to make some choices. They were not easy; and hopefully they are not permanent.


The team has been working on them since the spring, thinking about ways to make the 2024 edition possible while maintaining both its meaning and its essence. They hope the upcoming festival, with its many differences, will only be a one-off.


But rest assured: the teams are at work, the films have been screened and our plans are in place. And the film world’s eagerness to bask in the sunshine of Clermont-Ferrand in February is greater than ever. The proof is that we registered over 9,400 films for 2024, which is a record number, and a very significant (+14%) increase over the last year. Unequivocal proof that Clermont-Ferrand still attracts many global artists, solidifying its place as the most important film festival dedicated to fostering international talent. 


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Open mic screening in the Salle des Possibles during the 2023 Festival - © SQPLCM, Camille Dampierre 

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For the first time in its history, the Festival will be reducing the number of programs in its competitions. The National selection will go from twelve to ten programs, and the International from fourteen to twelve.


But make no mistake: reducing the number of films selected does not mean that their overall quality has declined; quite the opposite. Cinematic production has never flourished so abundantly, either nationally or internationally. 


Therefore it is with great regret that the Festival had to take the necessary step of cutting four programs for 2024. The team will make every effort to bring them back for 2025. Fewer programs means fewer films, which in turn means fewer filmmakers on hand to walk the streets, visit local businesses and theaters, meet audiences who are passionate about the short form, and take advantage of the vast professional resources at the Short Film Market for finding distributors, producers and financiers for their upcoming projects.


All the same, let’s trust that fans of short film will find what they’re looking for in the nearly seventy programs screening in theaters, for all ages and tastes over the nine days of cinema and celebration.

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Growth in the number of submissions since the Festival began


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Our best receptionists at the 2023 Festival Box Office © SQPLCM, Baptiste Chanat

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These circumstances have also had an impact on the box office, which will still be open online; physical points of sale will also be available.


Given the global economic context, the festival had to adjust the prices, while trying to have the smallest impact on the audience.


Moving forward, single tickets will cost 4.50€ (rather than the 4€ they’ve cost since 2020), while the usual book of fifteen tickets will go up from 35 to 40€ (or 2.70€ per ticket), with the last change in price occurring in 2013.


Despite this adjustment, the Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival remains one of the most reasonable local, national and international shows in terms of price.


The Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival remains an affordable, public event.


Moreover, the tickets in the book of fifteen are not assigned, so you can always share them with your family and friends and go to any screening.*



* Excluding the Opening, Closing and Children’s screenings, which require special tickets.

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The ticket office will open on Monday 18th December



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The director Zoel Aeschbacher interviewed during the 2023 Festival - © SQPLCM, Batiste Chanat

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In 2014, the Festival began an online daily blog, La Brasserie du Court, a “logbook” that was updated constantly throughout the Festival, hosting written and video interviews with all the filmmakers who had a film in one of the year’s three official competitions. On the one hand, those valuable interviews were proof that the filmmakers really did attend the Festival, and they were also a means to dig deeper into the origins, production secrets and influences on their films. The articles became an indispensable resource over the years, produced by a team of editors, translators and video editors. For financial reasons, the blog is on hold for 2024, just before its tenth anniversary. The team hopes to be able to bring back the Brasserie du Court in the coming years. You will of course still be able to consult the interviews from previous years online.

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The Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival is the most important short film event in the world. Put together by the organization Sauve qui peut le court métrage, the 45th Festival (and its corresponding short film market) will be held from 27 January to 4 February 2023. Come and discover masterpieces of animation, comedies, films on contemporary reality, genre films, student projects from the best schools in the world, and documentaries from across the globe.

Short films will once again be shown in all their splendor and diversity in Auvergne in the dead of winter.



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