What should you know about this short film festival?
The celebrated International Short Film Festival, organised by the association Sauve qui peut le court métrage, is back this year, with its 44th edition!
From 28 January to 5 February 2022 in Clermont-Ferrand, 9 days dedicated to the art of short film. The festival will mainly take place in the halls, corridors and rooms of La Maison de la Culture and La Comédie, but other venues will also be used for the festival and the short film market – click on the festival map below for more information.
The following categories are represented: International, National and Lab competitions.
- Here is the map of the short film festival with all the different venues and exhibitions.
- Also: all the information about the festival venues in Clermont.
The ticket office is open from 17 January, with ticket prices at: €4 per showing and €35 for 15 showings.
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What’s the theme this year ?
Let’s dance ! The festival explains that ‘Since the beginning, the seventh art has shone a light on dance – all of the pioneers of cinema did this (the Lumière brothers, Méliès, Alice Guy, Pathé). So what could be more normal as a theme? Cinema and dance share the fact that they both question and continually alter and renew our relationship with space and time through movement’.
It’s true: dance in general and specific types of dance are often used by cinema to represent fighting, protesting, demanding… For more on the theme, watch the trailer for 2022 :
Spain in the spotlight in 2022
This year the country of honour is Spain, featuring in 9 programmes and about 60 short films. Recent, contemporary films, as well as older works, will be included in the selection. Relevant activities will accompany the films, such as gastronomy, concerts and podcasts.
(Does the thought of it make you dream of booking a trip to sunny Spain? Check out our selection of fabulous campsites in Spain).
What to see at the Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival?
1 – Films:
In total, the festival programme includes 4 programmes with 35 films. You will have the opportunity to rediscover, among others, Le P’tit bal by Découflé, Tanghi Argentini by Guido Thys (a restored copy), or the recent Zombies by Baloji.
2 – A photography exhibition:
You will enjoy an exhibition of previously unseen photographs in collaboration with the Centre National de la Danse. It can be found in the Chapelle des Cordeliers.
3 – A video installation:
Discover the second exhibition entitled You’ve got the power! with Dan.Cin.Lab (festival of cinema, dance and society).
4 – Visual arts :
The group exhibition of artists from the city entitled Danseurs & Toiles will be held in the René-Cassin hall of the Hôtel du département.
Is this festival suitable for children?
Yes, absolutely, some sessions are even adapted to children, with categories of sessions by age and programmes for kids from 3 years old, 7 years old, 11 years old and 13 years old. Thus, 8 programmes can be discovered with the family or as a school group. This is an opportunity for young and old to share and discover the best of short films, and to be amazed.
You can also extend the experience of the short film festival by visiting L’Atelier – école éphémère du cinéma, or the workshops for children up to 6 years old.
If you also want to visit the city of Clermont-Ferrand and its surroundings, find our guide on what you can see and do for a weekend or a stay.
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A recap of key info :
The 44th festival is being held from 28 January to 5 February 2022 in Clermont-Ferrand.
You can get there by car from :
Paris via the A71 : 3h30
Béziers via the A75 : 3h00
Lyon via the A72 : 1h45
Bordeaux via the A89 : 3h30
By bus from major cities to Clermont-Ferrand station, with companies such as Flixbus Eurolines or Ouigo Bus.
By air directly to the Clermont-Ferrand Auvergne airport, via regular flights from Lyon, Paris-Charles-de-Gaulle and Paris-Orly, Lille, Nice, Strasbourg, Amsterdam and London-Luton.
By train to Clermont-Ferrand station.
It certainly is, with some sessions even especially for children. There are programmes for kids from 3 years old, 7 years old, 11 years old and 13 years old and special workshops too.
Unfortunately not. The ticket office is open from 17 January, with ticket prices as follows : €4 per showing and €35 for 15 showings.