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The Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival reveals its official competitions for 2023

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The biggest short film event in the world, the 45th Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival, will take place from January 27 to February 4, 2023.

The short films chosen this year from more than 8,400 entries from around the world, including around 2,000 solely from France, are shown in three competitions.

The International Competition will feature 78 films from 52 different nations. There will be 25 films in the Lab Competition, coming from 23 different nations. The National Competition is made up of 56 French films, including 10 international co-productions.

The 38th Short Film Market, a remarkable, one-of-a-kind event, will take place in connection with the Festival from January 30 through February 3, 2023.

The most significant festival dedicated just to short films is Clermont-Ferrand, which draws 3,600 professionals and an unusual audience each year. At the Festival de 2020, attendance totalled over 172,000 entries across all screening venues.

The International Competition is an arena where the various perspectives that contribute to the diversity of the world’s short film industry collide and mix. In 2023, short films of three to thirty-three minutes in length give us a glimpse into dozens of tales and hundreds of real and imagined lives from the fifty-two represented countries. Beyond escape and cultural shock, there is a strong emphasis on going back and rediscovering things again, with one crucial component for any smart choice: a generous helping of love that knows no bounds.

This year’s National Competition features 56 films that will transport us from Manila to Boston with stops in Bogotá, London, and even the cosmos, taking audiences far away from the everyday grind. The festival will encounter many people who are looking for meaning at pivotal points in their lives; at the end of the day, misfits will have their say. The journey will be both complex and internal. There is no doubt that these experiences will stay with attendees for a very long time.

The Lab Competition is where filmmakers compete to find explosive pieces that present novel narrative techniques. From the neon lights of Tokyo to the rainforests of Borneo and its prehistoric species, the festival investigates the enigma of complete darkness before stopping in the shadows of the dark web.

Will you be attending Clermont-Ferrand in 2023?