What is FID ?

About FID

What is
FIDMarseille ?

Every year in early July, the FIDMarseille —Marseille International Film Festival— proposes a programme of 130 films to approximately 23,500 spectators, in cinemas, theaters, libraries, art galleries, and in open-air amphitheaters throughout the city. The festival presents a large number of films in their world premiere as well as first films. Today, the FIDMarseille is recognized as a source of new cinemas, both documentary productions as well as fiction films.

In addition, the FIDMarseille organizes

  • the FIDLab, a support platform for international co-production
  • the FIDCampus, a training workshop for Mediterranean students
  • and numerous offsite screenings throughout the year.
The festival

All cinemas

A festival to what end? To share, with all our audiences, today’s cinemas. Yes, the cinema harbors a plurality of forms, of formats, of lengths, of approaches, and of visions. A unique moment when filmmakers from all over the world nurture our present with all they have. FIDMarseille’s roots in documentary filmmaking recall the realities of our fertile terrain, without ever forgetting that different worlds are to be found in this soil and that there are many ways to testify to them. And if testifying is urgently required, we also know that courage, aptness, and even a cheerful conviction are likewise needed, in order to make audible and visible and to move ahead. Unexpected, daring, relevant, rebellious, as surprising as our world itself: this is the kind of filmmaking the FID rejoices in championing!

Our role

Scouting new talents

Many filmmakers showed their first film, met partners and distributors, and began their international career with us..

For example, Apichatpong Weerasethakul screened in Marseille his first film, Mysterious Object at Noon in 2001. In 2010, he received the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival.

the festival

Sharing and reflecting together

More than a film festival, the FIDMarseille is a veritable forum where images, words, and real-life stories intersect. 

All the selected filmmakers are invited to meet and discuss with the FIDMarseille audiences.

The FID wishes to articulate an expanded vision of cultural activities with the goal of reaching an ever larger and increasingly diverse public. A cinema that deals with reality—either in a documentary or fiction form—concerns us all. And we must raise awareness about its accessibility.
From the critical essays in the catalogue we have edited, to the publication of a daily, bilingual journal during the festival, and not forgetting the organization of panel discussions, the festival intends to be an active space for public thought.

throughout the year


One of FIDMarseille’s special features is its constant loyalty to its filmmakers and their works.

Thanks to its long-standing contacts with exhibitors and distributors, selection in the FIDMarseille is nearly a guarantee for a theatrical release in France. The FIDMarseille ensures the visibility of these films via its many Cartes blanches and invitations in France and abroad. Also via its affiliation with Docalliance, which brings together six international film festivals.  And also via FIDMarseille’s bilingual, monthly newsletter, which provides news of previously unknown films selected in the festival. With 75,000 subscribers, the FIDMarseille newsletter has become an international reference. 




scheduled movies


films in competition


submitted films


prizes awarded

the festival

Many awards :

  • Official Selection
  • Retrospectives
  • Parallel screens
  • Special sessions & masterclasses
  • Meetings with directors
  • Outdoor screenings
  • Party nights

Filmmakers, producers, distributors, and programmers coming from all over the world, juries composed of international personalities

The festival’s reputation, the recognition of its artistic vision, the coherence of its programming that attracts journalists and professionals the world over.
Joining us for the jury were, among others: Eija-Liisa Athila, Corneliu Porumboiu, Luc Moullet, Patricia Mazuy, Mireille Perrier, Abderrahmane Sissako, Philippe Grandrieux, Toni Negri, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Olivier Cadiot, Rithy Panh, Tsai Ming Liang, Jeanne Balibar.



A selection of films that will be screened in the major festivals :

Buenos-Aires, Doha, Tribeca, Copenhague, Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Sheffield, Mexico, Barcelone,  Florence, Turin, Venise, Lisbonne, Vienne, Nyon, …


projection locations

23 500

audience members





FID Campus

A training program
for students

Founded in 2013, in the context of Marseille-Provence Capitale Européenne de la Culture, FIDCampus is a training program designed for students coming from the Mediterranean basin.
In 2013, 11 students coming from Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Lebanon, Egypt, and France were invited to participate in a 10-day residence during the FIDMarseille, including sessions with renowned professionals, master classes, projections, exchanges, and the screening of their own films at Mucem.

Fid Lab

An international platform of coproduction

An international platform of coproduction

  • 10 selected film projects
  • Public presentations of the projects and one-on-one meetings with the project directors. Panel discussions
  • An award ceremony with an international jury.


An organization serving films, filmmakers, and the public

More than 75 films, subtitled in French and in English by the Festival, a catalogue, and a bilingual journal, with an international and dedicated staff.

Press coverage by regional, national, and international journalists

Hérald Tribune (Royaume-Uni), Expresso (Portugal), Il Manifesto (Italie), Kinema Junpo (Japon), Variety (États-Unis), The Hollywood Reporter (États-Unis), Sight & Sound (Royaume-Uni), Les cahiers du cinéma (Espagne), …
Le Monde, Libération, Télérama, Les Inrockuptibles, Les Cahiers du Cinéma, L’Humanité, France Culture,
Le Film Français, Positif, Mouvement, …
La Provence, La Marseillaise, France 3 Provence, France Bleu Provence, Radio Grenouille, Ventilo, Zibeline, NRJ, RFI, RTL2, …