The object of the Cinéfondation, official selection of the Cannes Film Festival, is to present and to highlight films from film schools, fiction or animation, showing talent deserving encouragement. Documentaries are not accepted. Unless a special waiver is granted, films must comply with the following conditions in order to be selected:
Films must have been made during the 18 months preceding the Festival;
Films must have not been presented in major international festivals
Films must not exceed 60 minutes in length.
The international Jury designates three awards. The first prize winner receives 15,000 Euros, the second 11,250 Euros, and the third 7,500 euros. The first prize winner of the Cinéfondation is also guaranteed that his or her first feature film will be presented at the Cannes Film Festival.
The credits of the first feature film of the winners of these three prizes will include the mention that they have been made with the support of the Cinéfondation du Festival de Cannes.
The Cannes Film Festival offers to cover all the subtitling expenses of selected films entrusted to its official laboratory. The Festival organises and covers the transport and insurance expenses of prints of the selected films both to and from the Festival.