Visions du Réel 2021 puts out call for projects

Visions du Réel 2021 puts out call for projects

Visions du Réel director Emilie Bujès


Nyon-based doc fest Visions du Réel (Switzerland) has put out the call for films and industry projects for its 2021 edition running 16-24 April.


The deadlines for festival films are:


23 October 2020 for films finished by September 2020

22 December 2020 for films finished by April 2021


Festival Sections are International Feature Film Competition, Burning Lights International Competition, National Competition, International Medium Length and Short Film Competition, Opening Scenes, Grand Angle and Latitudes. More information on festival sections 


“The aim of Visions du Réel, International Film Festival Nyon, is to present films that, through their formal and aesthetic choices, provide personal and singular expressions and descriptions of past, present or future realities, freely interpreting the very definition of non-fiction filmmaking and its implementation,” reads a festival statement.


The deadlines for the Industry projects within Pitching du Réel, Docs in Progress and Rough Cut Lab are:

15 November 2020 

22 December 2020


The first deadline will result in an initial selection of projects, so applicants are advised to respond as soon as possible. The festival is looking for projects to be presented for the first time at their current stage.


Pitching du Réel

Pitching du Réel is Visions du Réel’s international co-production forum for creative documentaries intended for theatrical distribution and TV broadcasting. It offers the participants the opportunity to discuss the content and form of their project and to find out which contexts and markets might be the most relevant for it. It encourages international co-productions and helps to finance outstanding film projects addressing an international audience. 


Docs in Progress

Docs in Progress, as part of Visions du Réel Industry, presents approximately eight films in their finishing stage. Via screenings exclusively to film professionals exclusively (festival representatives, funds supporting post-production, post-production facilities, distributors, TV buyers, etc.) and through specific individual meetings, the aim of this activity is to allow the projects stakeholders to find suitable partners finalise post-production, look for distribution, festivals, sales, etc.


Rough Cut Lab

As part of Visions du Réel Industry, the Rough Cut Lab invites four film teams, with a creative documentary at finishing stage, to present their rough cut to industry professionals in order to get specific feedbacks and advices. The idea is to support filmmakers at the moment of editing. Four rough cuts will be screened and discussed together with a tutor and a moderator, the film team and selected experts during a working session.