Rules 2012


The festival rules are based on the following underlying philosophy:
Our aim is to promote research work and make it better known, understood and loved

To spotlight films showing researchers doing their daily work and make those films better known. The Researchers’ Film Festival’s particular feature is thus to show science being made while highlighting the human context and social impact of that work. The festival concentrates on films which have a direct link with research and researchers whether they be directors, producers themselves or partners in the production/direction process.

Article 1 - Organisation

The Researchers’ Film Festival is organised by the University of Lorraine. The festival is organized thanks to the contributions of staff of the CNRS Centre-East Regional Office, CNRS Images, INIST-CNRS, the Scientific and Technical Culture Department of the University of Lorraine, the IUFM (University Institute for Teacher Training) of the University of Lorraine and the Education and Training Section of the "Centre Départemental de Documentation Pédagogique 54".

The organisers will provide all means necessary to select and show the films at their own expense. Events linked to the sciences and moving or still scientific images will be organised around the screenings of the films such as conferences, workshops, theme-based events, retrospective screenings, photo exhibitions, round table discussions...

Article 2 Selection of Films

The Researchers’ Film Festival will run public screenings of films both in and out of the competition. Films in the competition will be selected in compliance with the Festival’s underlying philosophy in that these films will have been written, directed or produced by people working in research. The films must be in French or subtitled in French and must have been made between the 1st of January 2010 and the 23rd of December 2011.
All films submitted for the festival in previous years will not be allowed to compete again whether they were previously selected or not.

Article 3 - Inscription

An entry form can be found on-line on the website of the Researchers’ Film Festival. Two DVD copies of the film should be sent with the completed and signed entry form in one package by December 23rd 2011 at the latest to:

Festival du film de chercheur
CS 90102
17, rue Notre Dame des Pauvres
54519 Vandœuvre-lès-Nancy cedex - France

The projection version will only be requested for the films that are selected for the festival.

Article 4 - Costs

The Researchers Film Festival will pay the costs of storage and insurance exclusively for the period between receipt of films and, in exceptional cases, return shipping of materials. In the event of a copy being lost or damaged, the Researchers’ Film Festival shall only be liable to pay the cost of the media on which the film is submitted.

Article 5 - Preselection

The festival committee will be in charge of the preselection of films in two categories.

  • Selection for the "Researchers’ Film" competition A list of films selected for the competition according to the following criteria:
  • They may be films which show researchers at work, present knowledge or how knowledge is passed on, images used to illustrate research work for industry or the general public or computer generated (animations, modelling work etc) research films or footage from imaging equipment,
  • The films must not have already been shown by the major media,
  • Researchers must have been greatly involved in making the films,
  • They must be original both in their subject matter and form.
  • Selection of out of competition films For this category the Festival committee shall select films which, although not complying with the above criteria, are still considered to be of educational and scientific interest for a wide audience.

The films selected in these two categories shall be liable to be screened for the public at any events linked to the festival (before, during and after the festival) in Nancy and the whole of the Lorraine region.
The researchers and/or directors of each film will be invited to attend the festival to present their film. The authors and/or directors of the selected films will be informed two months before the start of the festival.

Article 6 - Competition - Juries - Prizes

For the competition the jury will be made up of researchers and audiovisual professionals and will award the "Researcher’s Film" and "Festival’s Helping Hand" prizes.
The total of the prizes will be 8,000 Euros.

Article 7 - Prior agreement of rights holders

A film’s rights holders are presumed to have given both their prior agreement to the films being shown at the Researchers’ Film Festival and their approval of these regulations before submitting their entry documents and films to the festival organisers.

Article 8 - Citation - Promotion of the festival

To promote the festival, the organisers hereby reserve the right to show extracts (3 minutes maximum) from the films in the media within the limit of normal "quotation" practices.

Article 9 - Archives - Exploitation

The festival organisers will keep a copy of the films that are shown for their archives.
Unless the author expressly requests the contrary, the films may also be shown in cultural and scientific events of a non-commercial nature with no payments involved whose intent is to promote scientific research to different audiences. The organisers hereby undertake to keep the rights holders informed in the event of their films being shown in this context.

Article 10 - Filmographic Database and Catalogue

The information provided on the entry form concerning the film, the composition of the production team and director’s staff is likely to be included, and therefore be searchable, on the filmographic database on the festival’s website with all due respect to laws on data processing and individual liberties. The information may also be consulted in the catalogue published for the festival.
The filmographic database and catalogue of the Researchers’ Film Festival shall also be used as tools to promote scientific research findings and also as a tool for TV and radio broadcasters. The database and catalogue are therefore intended to be as exhaustive as possible and all films selected for the festival will be included on both the database and the catalogue.

Article 11 - Disputes - Laws

Those participating in the Researchers’ Film Festival implicitly accept without reserve the terms of these regulations.
In the event of a dispute, both parties will attempt to come to an amicable settlement prior to engaging in any litigation. If such an agreement cannot be reached, French law shall apply to any dispute which will be brought before the competent courts in Nancy.