Years running: 5 (since 2018)


International Documentary Festival in Biarritz.


Over seven days, FIPADOC, an international documentary film festival held annually in Biarritz brings members of the public and professionals together for screenings of a selection of outstanding documentary films. Hosting meet-and-greets and premiering new projects, FIPADOC is committed to promoting impact, innovation, image appreciation, and new talent.




  • International Documentary
  • French Documentary
  • Musical Documentary
  • Impact: films that further social justice, promote human rights, and protect the environment
  • Smart: French or international digital experiences
  • Short Films: French or international films with a duration of less than 20 minutes
  • New Talent: films with a duration of less than 60 minutes


  • Panorama of French Speaking Creation: French speaking films
  • Family Films: films aimed at young audiences (ages 8 and above)
  • European Stories: films that offer a timely perspective on the birth of Europe or the lives of its citizens
  • Focus Visegrad (Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia) 
  • Taste of Docs: films on gastronomy & food
  • Standouts
  • Special Screenings


  • Industry Days
  • Industry Forum
  • Campus


  • Grand Prix International Documentary
  • Grand Prix French Documentary
  • Grand Prix Musical Documentary
  • Grand Prix Impact
  • Smart Award
  • Digital Storytelling Award
  • Short Documentary Award
  • Erasmus+ Award (New Talent)
  • Tënk Award (New Talent)
  • Mitrani Award (the best first or second film in one of the 4 main competitive categories)
  • Audience Award (Panorama of French Speaking Creation)
  • Young Europeans Jury’s Award (European Stories selection)



  • To be eligible for competitive selections, documentaries must have been produced between December 1, 2020 and October 15, 2021.
  • Films with a © 2020 and that have not been submitted to the 2nd edition of FIPADOC (January 2021) are also eligible to apply for the 2022 edition.
  • Off-competition: The criteria “having never been screened or broadcast” does not apply to the following selections: Family Films, Taste of Doc and Focus Visegrad. For those categories, copyright-dates of the films can be older than 2020/2021.
  • Short films must have a maximum duration of 20 minutes. School films (for the New Talent competition) must have a maximum duration of 60 minutes.
  • For all other selections, films must have a duration of 50 minutes or longer and may be in any format.

Entry fees:  Exemptions and discounts

  • Films entering the New Talent Competition will be exempt from entry fees.
  • Entries submitted by independent directors will receive a 50% discount. To obtain the special rate, you must first contact the Film Office:

Films may be submitted in the original language with English and/or French subtitles.

Premiere Requirements

National premiere required.

Jury and Organizers

President: Anne Georget

Managing and Artistic Director: Christine Camdessus




Official Website



14 Rue Alexandre Parodi
75010 Paris

Phone:  +33 (0)1 44 89 99 99

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Dates & Deadlines
  • Deadline
    October 27, 2021
  • Event Dates
    17 — 23 January 2022
Categories & Fees

50 min or longer

  • Deadline — €48

Films that have at least 3 episodes

  • Deadline — €72

No longer than 20 min

  • Deadline — €12

No longer than 60 min

  • Deadline — free
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