Carthage Film Festival (Journées Cinématographiques de
Carthage) is a biennial international cultural event involving public
screenings of films and meetings between their authors, directors,
producers, distributors, cast, crew and others.
Its aim is to contribute
to the promotion of national cinematography in each African
and Arab country.
Carthage Film Festival is placed under the high patronage of the
Ministry of Culture and a board of Directors is in charge of its organisation.
Films taking part in Carthage Film Festival, with the exception of
Tributes and special screenings, must have been produced during
the 24 months preceding the festival.
Each film selected and entered in the festival programme:
- May not withdrawn by the director or producer (before or after
screening) during the festival.
- May be screened throughout the country subject to a prior agreement
with the concerned party.
Carthage Film Festival is open to fictions, animation film and documentaries
whether they be shot on film or video.
The official programme of the festival includes the following events:
- An "OFFICIAL COMPETITION" section open to African and Arab
short and feature fiction or animation films.
- An "INTERNATIONAL" section open to feature films of all origins
and all types (fiction, animation, documentaries).
- A "TRIBUTE” to a national cinema, or film-maker, or artist... section.
- "SPECIAL SCREENINGS”..
- An "OFFICIAL COMPETITION" open to African and Arab short
and feature fiction or animation films.
- An "INFORMATION" section open on the one hand to films not
entered in the competition section and on the other hand, to films
whatever their origins, type or footage.
- A "PROJECTS' WORKSHOP" aimed at developing film projects
by Arab and African authors by awarding grants to selected
- Meetings, lectures and conferences on art and the film industry
in African and Arab countries.
Selection of films for the different sections will be the exclusive
responsibility of the managing committee. The committee,
after viewing the DVD of the films, is the sole body empowered
to determine the number of short and feature films which may
participate in either one of the above mentioned sections.
In order to be selected, films must answer the following requirements:
- Be requested by the Festival managing committee from its directors,
producers or rightful owners who accept to have them entered in
one of the above mentioned sections.
- Be proposed to the managing committee by their directors, producers
or rightful owners to be entered in one of the festival sections
and accepted by the committee.
In order to be entered in the Official Competition (cinema or video),
The Official Competition (Cinema) is open to a maximum of two (2)
feature films and two (2) short films per country.
These films should preferably have been made by different directors.
- Have been directed by an African or Arab director or a Director of
African or Arab origin.
- Not have been subject to commercial or cultural exploitation in
Tunisia (Festival, foreign film weeks ...), except for Tunisian films
which are not submitted to this rule.
Films participating in Carthage Film Festival only represent their
directors and/ or their producers to whom distinctions, awards or
other advantages are explicitly intended.
These films are shown to the public by the managing committee
under its exclusive responsibility according to these regulations.
They may, in no way officially involve or represent the states or
governments of their directors or producers.
- The official prize list for the Official Competition (Cinema) is established
and proclaimed by an international jury of seven (7) members
appointed by the Festival managing committee.
- The official prize list for the Competition section (video) is established
and proclaimed by an international jury of five (5) members
appointed by the Festival managing committee.
The official award list for the Official Competition (Cinema)
includes the following prizes:
I - TANITS
A) Gold Tanit (first prizes)
B) Silver Tanit (second prizes)
- A gold Tanit for the best feature film
- A gold Tanit for the best short film
C) Bronze Tanit (third prizes)
- A silver Tanit for a feature film
- A silver Tanit for a short film
II - OTHER AWARDS
- A bronze Tanit for a feature film
- A bronze Tanit for a short film
The Jury's Special Prize awarded to a feature film entered in the
Official Competition and which does not figure in the above mentioned
A Prize for Best Script awarded to a feature film
A Best First Picture Award to the director of a first feature film entered in the Official Competition and which does not figure in the
above mentioned list
A Leading Actor's Award to the best actress and the best actor
of one of the feature films entered in the competition.
A Supporting Actor's Award to the best supporting actor and
best supporting actress.
D’autres prix facultatifs peuvent être décernés à l’image, au montage,
à la musique, etc... des films participant à la compétition officielle.
Other optional prizes may be awarded to cinematography, editing,
music, etc. of films entered in the Official Competition.
The awarding or non awarding of prizes mentioned in section II
(Other Awards) is entirely at the jury's discretion.
There is no possibility of first prize divided for the Tanits and for the
Organisations wishing to grant other prizes or rewards should
apply to the Festival's managing committee before the beginning of
The financial donation is fixed to a minimum of $ 2000 U.S
Tanits include the following prizes:
a) Gold Tanit
A specific trophy and a reward of 15. 000 T.D
A specific trophy and a reward of 5 .000 T.D
b) Silver Tanit
A specific trophy and a reward of 10 .000 T.D
A specific trophy and a reward of 3 .000 T.D
c) Bronze Tanit
A specific trophy and a reward of 7. 000 T.D
A specific trophy and a reward of 2.000 T.D
All above mentioned sums are payable in Tunisian dinars or any
The sums awarded to Tanit winners are divided
equally between the director and the producer of the concerned
The Official prize list of the Competition section (Video) includes the
There is no possibility of first prize divided for these awards.
All these sums are payable in Tunisian Dinars or any convertible
currency and are awarded entirely to the Directors of the films.
- Best Feature film award with a 7000 TD grant
- Best short film award with a 3000TD grant.
- A Jury’s Special Award to a feature film
- A Jury’s Special Award to a short film
- Special distinctions can be awarded to feature films or short films.
In order to be entered in the Festival programme, all prints should
be 35mm with optical sound or BETA SP, DIGITAL BETA or DVD.
Each film presented within the framework of the Carthage Film
Festival Competition and which is not in Arabic, French, or English
must be subtitled in one of the three languages.
If it is in Arabic, it should preferably be subtitled in French or
If it is in French, it should preferably be subtitled in Arabic or in
If it is in English, it should preferably b subtitled in Arabic or in
The deadline for entries of films and videos BETA is August 15th 2008.
Prints and BETA tapes must be sent to the managing committee
head office no later than October 1st 2008.
documents (synopsis, photos, posters etc) as well as all correspondence
should be sent to the following address:
CARTHAGE FILM FESTIVAL MANAGING COMMITTEE
Ministère de la Culture et de la Sauvegarde du Patrimoine
La Kasbah TUNIS 1006 - TUNISIE
Tél.: (216) 71 562963 -71 563006 -Fax: (216) 71 564954
Insurance and shipping to Tunis of prints and tapes are to be paid
by the sender. The Carthage Film Festival managing committee will
be responsible for prints and tapes between the dates of their
reception and expedition.
Prints arriving in Tunisia through direct
intermediaries such as diplomatic representatives will be sent back
via the same means and at the expense of senders.
In case of loss of prints or tapes, the festival's responsibility will not
exceed the amount mentioned on the entry form ie: 3000 US
Dollars and 1000 US dollars for a feature film and a short film respectively
and 300 US dollars for a Beta.
In case of damage to a print or a Beta tape, the owners should send
a certified invoice from a laboratory not later than fifteen days after
reception of the film or Beta. After this delay, no complaint will be
accepted by the festival.
Request to participate in any one of the festival sections implies
unconditional acceptance of the present rules and regulations by
directors and producers.
Carthage Film Festival managing committee is the only body
entitled to take any decision concerning points which have not
been mentioned in these rules and regulations and their