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RULES OF THE ACADEMIE DES ARTS ET TECHNIQUES DU CINEMA 

 

The Académie des Arts et Techniques du Cinéma aims to reward the most outstanding work in filmmaking with the award of an annual trophy known as the Cesar (after the name of the sculptor who made the statuette), to encourage cinematographic creation and draw the public’s attention to it.

The Cesars are awarded annually, following voting by members of the Academy during the course of a ceremony that takes place towards the end of February or in early March, in the presence of all the nominees. The Ceremony is broadcast live on television in a programme called “The Night of the Cesars”.

 

CHAPTER I 

 

Article 1 

Membership of the Académie des Arts et Techniques du Cinéma (hereinafter the “Academy”) is open to all professionals of French cinema who have expressly requested it in writing to the Secretariat of the Association pour la Promotion du Cinéma (hereinafter the “Academy  Secretariat”), whose candidacy is seconded by at least two sponsor members of the Academy and who fulfil the following conditions, depending on the professional category to which they belong:

– College of Actors: persons who have contributed to at least five feature films shortlisted for Cesar for Best Film as actors or actresses in major roles over the last five years preceding their application for admission.

– College of Directors: persons who have directed at least two feature films shortlisted for Cesar for Best Film over the last five years preceding their application for admission.

– College of Writers: persons who have contributed to at least three feature films shortlisted for Cesar for Best Film over the last five years preceding their application for admission as scriptwriters, co-writers, or dialogue writers. Also persons who have contributed as musical composers in the writing of original scores to at least three feature films shortlisted for Cesar for Best Film over the last five years preceding their application for admission.

– Colleges of Technicians: persons who have contributed to at least three feature films shortlisted for Cesar for Best Film over the last five years preceding their application for admission in one of the following capacities:

• First Assistant Director

•Production Manager, Post-Production Manager, Line Producer or Music Supervisor;

• Location Manager

• Director of Photography, Cameraman or Steadicam Cameraman;

• Production Designer, Set Decorator, Props Master or Artistic Director for animated films;

• Production Sound Mixer or Sound Designer;

• Chief Editor

• Chief Make-Up Artist or Special Effects (SFX) Make-Up Artist;

• Chief Sound Mixer

• Chief Costume Designer

• Chief Hairdresser

• Special Effects Director

• Script Supervisor, Storyboarder;

• Chief Grip

• Chief Electrician

•Head or Supervisor of Special Effects (VFX)

For any position not listed above but which can nonetheless be considered as “supervisor” level, exemptions can be made for persons who have occupied the position during the five years preceding their request for admission on a number equal or superior to five feature films submitted as nominees for the "Cesar Award for Best Film". The request must be made in writing to the Bureau of the Association pour la Promotion du Cinéma  (hereafter referred to as “the Academy Bureau”), whose decision will be final with no recourse to appeal.

– College of Producers: Managers, Chairmen or Managing Directors of French feature-length and short film production companies that have participated as Executive Producer in three feature-length films shortlisted for "Cesar for Best Film" or five short films admitted to compete for the César for Best Short Film or the César for Best Animated Feature (short film) over the last five years preceding their application for admission; or Managers, Chairmen or Managing Directors of French film production companies that have participated as Co-Producer in the production of five feature-length films shortlisted for "Cesar for Best Film" over the last five years preceding their application for admission.

- College of Film Distributors, Exporters and Brokers: Managers, Chairmen, Managing Directors or Distribution Managers of a French film distribution (analogue or digital), export or brokerage company, who have either distributed at least three feature films shortlisted for "Cesar for Best Film" to cinemas over the last three years preceding their application for admission, or have held other mandates for commercialisation of at least five feature films shortlisted for "Cesar for Best Film" over the last five years preceding their application for admission.

– College of Technical Industries: Managers, Chairmen or Mananging Directors of a French technical service company that has contributed to the making of at least five feature films shortlisted for "Cesar for Best Film" over the last three years preceding their application for admission.

– College of Artistic Agents, Casting Directors and Press Secretaries: artistic agents who exclusively represent at least three members of the Academy at the time of the request for admission; or persons who have contributed as casting director (named in the credits) in the making of at least five feature films shortlisted for Cesar for Best Film over the last three years preceding their application for admission; or independent Press Secretaries or heads of a press department in a distribution company who have contributed as Press Secretary for France in the promotion of at least five feature films shortlisted for Cesar for Best Film over the last three years preceding their application for admission.

– College of Cinema Managers: The Association pour la Promotion du Cinéma has empowered the Fédération Nationale des Cinémas Français to centralise candidacies from cinema managers who wish to join the Academy on its behalf. This mandate shall be exercised according to the criteria defined annually by the Association, it being understood that eligibility to this College is no longer limited to persons practising the profession of cinema manager at the date of the candidacy but shall include those occupying the following posts:

• Chairmen and General Delegates of professional syndicates of the cinema management sector.

• Representative members of the professional branches, notably including representatives of large, medium and small theatres, as well as representatives of the “Art et Essai” (art-house) branch.

• Members of the Federation’s commissions.


 

Article 2 

At the proposal of the Chairman or the Secretary General, the Academy Bureau may invite certain personalities, professional or not, who have made notable actions in favour of the cinema, to make a request for admission to the Academy Secretariat. These personalities will become "Associate" members for a two-year (renewable) period after filling in and signing the registration form and sending it to the Academy Secretariat.

 

Article 3 

All persons who have been nominated for a Cesar and who have expressly and in writing notified the Academy Secretariat of their desire to become a member of the Academy, shall become fully fledged members after returning the registration form duly filled in and signed to the Academy Secretariat. Persons who have participated for more than two successive years in the work of one of the Academy selection committees may also benefit from this provision to join the College of Associate Members.

 

Article 4 

In order to allow them to take part in the Academy’s activities and notably in the voting for the winners of the Cesar, members of the Academy are requested to inform the Academy Secretariat of any change of address.

 

Article 5 

In the context of the Academy’s activities and notably in the organisation of voting for the Cesar awards, certain information concerning Academy members are subject to automated processing. In compliance with Law no. 78-17 dated 6th January 1978, members have right of access, which they may exercise with the Academy.

 

The list of Academy members may not be disclosed to any third party, including members of the Academy. Notwithstanding, the list may be furnished by the Academy Secretariat in the course of carrying out the Academy’s activities only to those companies contracted by the Academy to carry out certain tasks for which the availability of the list is indispensable for their successful execution. In this case the companies involved shall be required to sign a confidentiality clause specific to this information, and to set up the most effective buffering and protection systems available in order to guarantee the highest possible level of security for the use of the information contained in the list.

 

Members of the Academy who wish to resign from the Academy must send their request by registered letter with proof of receipt or by e-mail to the Academy Secretariat.

 

The status of Member of the Academy may in no circumstances be transferred to a third party, whether this party belongs to the member's family or professional circle.

 

Article 6 

Each member of the Academy shall pay an annual membership fee to the Association pour la Promotion du Cinéma. The amount of the fee is fixed annually by the Governing Council of the Association pour la Promotion du Cinéma (hereinafter the “Academy Council”).

Any Academy member who has not paid his annual Academy membership fee shall not receive the voting materials for the following year, or the various written and audiovisual documents published by the Academy to facilitate voting, and may not take part in the said voting. After three consecutive years in default of payment, the member concerned shall be deemed to have resigned and shall be removed from the list of members of the Academy, unless decided otherwise by the Academy Council with reasons given.

Any payment of dues by a third party, or any change of address to that of a third party, is subject to an approval letter by the member concerned.

 

Article 7 

Any member of the Academy conclusively convicted in a French court of taking part in audiovisual piracy of the copies of films sent annually as part of the organisation of voting shall be immediately expelled from the Academy.

 

Article 8 

The present regulation is subject to an annual update by the Academy Bureau to take place no later than 15th November of each year. Any requests for exemptions and the list of the new Academy members will be submitted for approval during the update.

 

 

CHAPTER II 

 

Article 1 

A Cesar is awarded annually in each of the following different categories:

 

• Best Actor

• Best Actress

• Best Supporting Actor

• Best Supporting Actress

• Best Female Newcomer

• Best Male Newcomer

• Best Director

• Best Film

• Best First Film

• Best Documentary Film

• Best Animated (Short) Film

• Best Animated (Feature) Film

• Best Original Screenplay

• Best Adaptation

• Best Original Score

• Best Set Design (for animated films, the Artistic Director is eligible for this Cesar);

• Best Photography

• Best Sound

• Best Editing

• Best Costumes

• Best Foreign Film

• Best Short Film

 

Article 2 

Honorary Cesars may be awarded each year, at the proposal of the Academy’s Chairman or Secretary General.

A “César of the Public” may be awarded every year to the film occupying the top position at the French box office (the figures having been determined at midnight on the Tuesday preceding the Ceremony); all feature-length films admitted to compete for the “César for Best Feature Film” are eligible for this award. Any arbitration shall be based on the takings recorded by the CNC at the end of the eighth week of release of each film

 

Article 3 

A) The award of “Cesar for Best Film” is open to all feature-length films originating in France (majority French production) and in French in the original, as defined by French regulations.

To be eligible to compete, these films must have received production approval from the General Director of the Centre National de la Cinématographie, and a screening permit from the French Minister of Culture. These films must also have been on public release to at least one commercial cinema in the Paris region between 1st January and 31st December of the year preceding that of the Cesar awards, and commercially screened for at least one week in that cinema.

In addition, the award of “Cesar for Best Film” is open to French feature-length films that have obtained a screening permit from the French Minister of Culture, that have benefited from financial support to the audiovisual program industry under the terms of the decree of 2nd February 1995, and to those that exceptionally under the terms of the decree of 9th November 2001, have received approval for distribution from the General Director of the Centre National de la Cinématographie no later than 31st October of the year preceding that of the Cesar awards. These films must also have been on public release between 1st January and 31st December of the year preceding that of the Cesar awards, and been commercially screened for at least one week in at least one commercial cinema in the Paris region.

Films of the "anthology film" type ("films à sketches") in which the entire film is not the work of the same director(s) may only be admitted to contend for the award of "Cesar for Best Film" after due consideration by the Academy Bureau.

Notwithstanding the above, a film that fails to fulfil the conditions in article 3-A above but whose artistic and technical input is mostly French, may be admitted to contend for the award of “Cesar for Best Film” after due consideration by the Academy Bureau. Any request for exemption must be made in writing for the attention of the Academy Secretariat by the production company of the film in question, no later than 31st October of the year preceding the trophy award ceremony; the decisions of the Bureau are final and give no recourse to appeal.

 

B) The award for “Cesar for Best Foreign Film” is open to films that do not fulfil the nationality requirements stipulated in Article 3-A above, and that have obtained a screening permit from the French Minister of Culture. These films must also have been on public release between 1st January and 31st December of the year preceding that of the Cesar awards, and been commercially screened for at least one week in at least one commercial cinema in the Paris region.

 

C) Cesars awarded to individuals are only open to persons who have contributed in at least one of the categories defined in article 1 of this chapter to the making and production of a film qualifying to contend for “Cesar for Best Film”.

Nevertheless, the awarding of Cesars to individuals shall also be open to persons who have contributed in at least one of the categories defined in article 1 of chapter II above (except for the categories of Best Film, Best Documentary Film and Best Animated film) to the making of a film qualifying to contend for “Cesar for Best Foreign Film” that is the product of a French co-production, that has been authorised by the CNC and that is considered as a French-language film in its original version, as defined by French regulations.

 

D) To facilitate the voting for “Cesar for Best Female Newcomer” and “Cesar for Best Male Newcomer”, the Academy Secretariat proposes to the members of the Academy a provisional and non-binding list of a maximum of sixteen actresses and sixteen actors, entitled "List of Newcomers" and chosen from among all the actresses and actors who have contributed either to films qualifying to contend for "Cesar for Best Film" or to films the original version of which are in French that are the product of a French co-production and have been authorised to contend for “Cesar for Best Foreign Film”, with no person being allowed to appear more than twice in this list.

The List of Newcomers is prepared by the Academy's Newcomers Committee during a single plenary session, after which the list will be presented to the Chairman of the Academy, who has the possibility of adding a maximum of two actresses and two actors to the list. 

The Newcomers Committee is composed of Casting Directors whose professions allow them privileged access and special knowledge of the casting of feature-length films admitted to contend for "Cesar for Best Film" and having made a candidacy to contend. The list of members of the Newcomers Committee is approved annually by the Academy Bureau and kept with the Academy Secretariat.

 

E) The “Cesar for Best Short Film”, is open only to short films, excluding animation, selected by the Academy’s Short Films Committee (Comité Court Métrage). Except by an exceptional unanimous decision on the part of the members of the Short Film Committee, the selection of the films is made among French films (which include at least 30% of French production as part of the total film production) and which:

– have a running time of strictly under one hour;

– have obtained a screening permit from the Centre National de la Cinématographie Commission de Classification des Œuvres Cinématographiques in the period from 1st July to 30th June preceding the Ceremony of the Cesar awards. Films that have received their screening permit in the period from 1st May to 30th June preceding the Ceremony may apply to contend one year later, on condition that a written application signed by the director and the producer is made and transmitted by post to the Academy Secretariat by at the latest the 15th July following the issuing of the screening permit.

Films for which the full permit request was submitted and accepted by the CNC by the 30 April preceding the Ceremony, and for which the permit was granted during the first two weeks of July following the submission date, may ask to compete one year later; this request must be made in writing by post, signed by the director and producer, and sent to the Academy Secretariat no later than 15 July following the date of issue of the permit.

The number of films selected in this way for the first round of voting is equal to a maximum of 24.

The Short Films Committee is composed of personalities from the world of film-making whose professions allow them privileged access and special knowledge of the production of short films. The list of members of the Short Films Committee is approved annually by the Academy Bureau and kept with the Academy Secretary.

 

F) The award of the “Cesar for Best Original Score” is only open to persons who have created one or more musical compositions with or without words, specifically for either a film eligible for “Cesar for Best Film”, or a film the original version of which is in French that is the product of a French co-production and has been authorised to contend for “Cesar for Best Foreign Film” and which is:

– of a duration representing at least 50% of the total duration of the music mixed with the image

– of a duration mixed with the image greater than 10% of the film’s total duration

– composed by one or two persons at most, or by a group of persons already formed before the start of production of the film

The Academy Bureau reserves the right of waiver in the case of original music which does not strictly fulfil the above requirements, but which the Academy Bureau after due consideration deems worthy to contend for the prize.

Any application for waiver must be addressed in writing to the Academy Secretariat by the production company representing the film concerned, no later than 31st October of the year preceding the award ceremony, accompanied by a letter from SACEM approving this request for waiver. This last condition is imperative.

 

G) The award of the “Cesar for Best Original Screenplay” is open to all films eligible for “Cesar for Best Film” or all films the original version of which is in French that are the product of a French co-production and have been authorised to contend for “Cesar for Best Foreign Film”, and whose screenplay is an original work as defined by French regulations.

The award of the “Cesar for Best Adaptation” is open to all films eligible for “Cesar for Best Film” or all films the original version of which is in French that are the product of a French co-production and have been authorised to contend for “Cesar for Best Foreign Film”, and whose screenplay is an adaptation of a pre-existing original literary, cinematographic, televised or musical work, or theatrical play, as defined by French regulations.

 

H) The award of the “Cesar for Best First Film” is open to all feature-length fiction films eligible for “Cesar for Best Film” (apart from feature-length films competing for “Cesar for Best Documentary Film” or for “Cesar for Best Animated Film”), directed by a person who has never before occupied the post of Director or Co-Director of a feature-length fiction film on public cinema release.

 

I) The award of the “Cesar for Best Documentary Film” is open to all feature-length films eligible for the “Cesar for Best Film”, excluding feature-length films competing for the "Cesar for Best Animated Film", and declared as “documentary” in character by the executive production company concerned and the director.

Documentary films first shown on television before cinema release are not eligible.

Notwithstanding this rule, films of this type that have made an outstanding career in film festivals may be allowed to compete after due consideration by the Academy Bureau.

Any request for exemption must be made in writing to the Academy Secretariat by the delegated production company of the film in question, no later than 31st October of the year preceding the trophy award ceremony; the decisions of the Bureau are final and give no recourse to appeal.

 

J) The award of the “Cesar for Best Animated Film” is open to all films in which live action shooting makes up less than 25 % of the total duration of the film and which fulfil the following eligibility criteria:

- all feature-length films eligible for the “Cesar for Best Film” and declared as “animation” in character by the executive production company concerned.

- all feature-length films approved for production by the CNC while being of minority French production and majority European co-production, eligible for “Cesar for Best Foreign Film” and whose character is declared as “animation” by the French co-production company.

- short animated films, up to twelve in number, chosen from among the short films fulfilling the selection criteria for “Cesar for Best Short Film” and selected by the Academy’s Animation Committee.

The Animation Committee is made up of personalities from the world of filmmaking whose professions allow them privileged access and special knowledge of the production of animated short films. The list of the Animation Committee is approved annually by the Academy Bureau and kept with the Academy Secretariat.

 

Article 4 

With the exception of the "Honorary Cesar" and the “César of the Public”, the Cesars are awarded by two rounds of secret voting by members of the Academy. Voting is carried out by correspondence or via the Internet.

The Academy Secretariat shall ensure that all procedures of vote gathering, transmission and counting shall be carried out under supervision by sworn bailiff. It may decide to entrust the execution of the said procedures, in whole or in part to a specialised company guaranteeing the same type of control. In this case, the choice of this company must be validated every year ahead of time by the Academy Bureau.

The first round of voting determines the “nominations”, that is the persons or films that have obtained the greatest number of votes, subject to the provisions of article 6. Nominations are five in number in each category, except for:

- “Cesar for Best Actress" for which nominations are 7 in number

- “Cesar for Best Actor” for which nominations are 7 in number

- “Cesar for Best Director" for which nominations are 7 in number

- “Cesar for Best Film” for which nominations are 7 in number

- “Cesar for Best Foreign Film” for which nominations are 7 in number, 2 nominations being reserved for foreign films in French, and 5 nominations reserved for foreign films in other languages than French

- “Cesar for Best Animated Film” for which nominations are 7 in number, 4 nominations being reserved for animated shorts, and 3 nominations reserved for animated feature-length films

In the first and second rounds of voting, all members of the Academy vote in each category.

Except for the Animated Film category, the second round of voting determines which films and persons shall be awarded a Cesar having obtained the largest number of votes from among those nominated at the end of the first round, subject to the provisions of article 7.

For the Animated Film category, the "Cesar for Best Animated Film (Short Film)" shall be awarded to the short animated film having obtained the largest number of votes from among those nominated at the end of the first round, and the "Cesar for Best Animated Film (Feature-Length Film)" shall be awarded to the feature-length animated film having obtained the largest number of votes, subject to the provisions of article 7, from among those nominated at the end of the first round.  

 

Article 5 

Along with the voting forms for the first round, the Academy Secretariat sends Academy members a film guide presenting the following information:

 

A) The list of films eligible to contend for the “Cesar for Best Film” as well as the list of persons who have participated in making these films in each of the Cesar categories.

 

B) An indication for each of the films eligible to contend for the “Cesar for Best Film” of other possible Cesar film categories for which the film is eligible (first film, documentary film, animated film).

 

C) An indication for each of the films eligible to contend for the “Cesar for Best Film”, or each film the original version of which is in French that is the product of a French co-production and has been authorised to contend for “Cesar for Best Foreign Film” of other possible Cesar personal categories for which one or more collaborators in the film concerned fulfil eligibility conditions (original score, screenplay, adaptation);

 

D) The list of films eligible to contend for the “Cesar for Best Foreign Film”, indicating whether they are in French for each of the films concerned, and, in the case of French-language films that are the result of minority French co-productions, accompanied by a list of persons who have participated in the production of these films in each of the Cesar categories;

 

E) The list of actors and actresses proposed for general guidance by the Newcomers Committee (Comité Révélations)

 

F) The list of short films chosen by the Short Film Committee to contend for “Cesar for Best Short Film”.

 

G) The list of short films chosen by the Animation Committee and of feature-length films to contend for “Cesar for Best Animated Film”.


 

The Association pour la Promotion du Cinéma shall be the sole decider of the page layout for this information, and may not be held responsible for titles that may have been omitted, or for any other omission or error found in this film guide.

In addition to this film guide, the Academy Secretariat offers its members several mechanisms for viewing the films, with the consent of the rights holders of the films. These mechanisms ensure respect of total fairness between the different rights holders, both in the technical processes and in the graphical charters and mailings to members. These mechanisms are approved by the Academy Bureau.

In general, the Academy may not be held responsible for the inability of one or more members to view all or some of the films put up for their votes.

 

Article 6 

No person may receive more than one individual nomination in each category.

If, at the end of the first round, one person obtains votes for several films in a single category, they shall nominated only for the film for which they have won most votes in the first round.

 

If, at the end of the first round, one actor or actress obtains, for a single film, enough votes to be nominated in several “performance” categories, namely: Best Actor/Actress, Best Supporting Actor/Actress, or Best Newcomer (Male or Female), they shall be nominated only in the category for which they have obtained the greatest percentage of votes (number of votes divided by the number of votes counted for the category).

 

Article 7 

If after the second round a film has the most votes in the "Best Film" category and in either the "Best First Film", "Best Documentary Film" or "Best Animation Film" categories, that film will only win in the "Best Film" category.

If after the second round the director of the winning film in the "Best Film" category also has the most votes in the "Best Director" category, the "Cesar for Best Director" will be awarded to the person with the second most votes.

 

Article 8 

Where several persons share the same function in the same film (other than Cesars for performance), they can be jointly nominated if they fulfil the following conditions:

 

- for directing, music, photography, set design (or artistic direction in the case of animated films), editing, costumes, on condition that these persons are identified in the film’s approval application as sharing the same function and that they are credited in identical fashion in the film credits;

- for screenplay and adaptation, on condition that these persons are identified in the film’s approval application as co-authors of the screenplay or the adaptation, that they are parties to author’s rights assignment contracts for the film registered with the RPCA, and that these persons are credited in identical fashion in the film credits.

- for production, on condition that the production company represented by the person is identified in the film’s approval application as Executive Producer or Executive Co-Producer, to a maximum limit of two companies, and that the persons concerned are credited in identical fashion in the film credits.

-For sound, the occupants of the following three supervisory roles shall be nominated simultaneously, where these roles are filled: chief sound operator, chief sound editor, chief sound mixer; several individuals may be mentioned under the same role, provided these individuals are identified in the screening permit application as occupying the same supervisory role and provided they are mentioned in identical fashion in the film's credits.

 

Special cases shall be adjudicated by the Academy Secretariat, these decisions being final and not subject to appeal

 

Article 9

Questions relating to this chapter which will not be resolved by applying the current rules will be arbitrated by the Academy Bureau, whose decisions will be final with no recourse to appeal. 

 

 

CHAPTER III 

 

Article 1. Announcement of nominations 

Nominations of competing persons and films for each Ceremony are revealed in a press conference to take place no later than four weeks before the Cesar Awards Ceremony.

 

Article 2. Official nomination certificate 

For each nomination the Academy Secretariat issues an official nomination diploma, which is given:

- to persons nominated in the case of personal nominations

- to the Director and Executive Producer for the Best Film, Best First Film, Best Documentary Film, Best Short Film and Best Animated Film categories.

- to the director, and French Co-Producer for the Best Foreign Film category (where there is no French Co-Producer, the diplomas are given to the Director and the French distributor).

 

Diplomas are handed over personally at a reception to which all persons nominated (hereinafter the "Nominees") are invited. Where the person concerned is absent, the diploma will be sent by post on receipt of their written request to the address indicated in the request. Under no circumstances can the diploma be handed to a third party.

 

Article 3. Preparation for appearance on stage 

The Academy Secretariat offers Nominees a support service to help them understand how the Cesar Ceremony works, and to help them manage their appearance onstage to receive a Cesar should they win.

This service aims primarily to help winners make a successful stage appearance, while respecting the time limit allowed for their live speech. It comprises the following proposals:

- The Academy Secretariat shall offer to produce a biographical interview for each Nominee about his or her professional career, which will then be placed on-line, accessible to all on the Academy website. In the case of performing artists, this biographical interview being replaced by a montage of excerpts showing their role in the film for which they are nominated.

- The Academy Secretariat shall produce a document (“Nominees Ceremony Guide”) describing the course of the Cesar Ceremony for the Nominees, from their arrival at the Ceremony venue (for all Nominees) up to the end of the walk through the wings (for the winners). This document will lay special emphasis on the importance of the quality of the winners’ acceptance speeches on stage and will give precise instructions on the way through the wings. It will be given to all the Nominees at the reception for giving out nomination diplomas.

- The Academy Secretariat shall make every effort, (insofar as venue availability allows) to enable use of the room for the Cesar Ceremony) for some hours beforehand to be able to welcome the Nominees and introduce them to the Master(s) of Ceremonies, for rehearsals, to allow the Nominees to familiarise themselves with the complete route of the winners, and for the Master(s) of Ceremonies to convey to the Nominees the importance of keeping to the time limit for onstage acceptance speeches.

 

Article 4. Stage route 

The Academy Secretariat shall inform Nominees and Master(s) of Ceremonies of the instructions for going onstage should they be winners.

These instructions are as follows:

 

Going on stage

- For the “Cesar for Best Film”: the Producer and then the Director of the film will be called on stage, in that order, and will be allowed the speaking time indicated in the “Nominees Ceremony Guide”, which they can share between them as they see fit.

- For the other Cesars awarded to films: the Director of the film will be called on stage, and will be allowed the onstage speaking time indicated in the “Nominees Ceremony Guide”.

- For individual Cesars: the winner will be called on stage, and will be allowed the onstage speaking time indicated in the “Nominees Ceremony Guide”.

In the event that two or three people be awarded the same Cesar, they shall all be called to the stage. Beyond this number, only one person, designated by the other award-winners concerned, shall be called to represent them.

 

Speaking time

Winners shall be allowed two distinct speaking times:

* A first time on stage, in front of the live recording cameras.

This first time is aimed mainly at the television audience watching the live broadcast.

It must be limited to the duration indicated in the “Nominees Ceremony Guide”. Where there are several winners for one Cesar, they must divide the speaking time allocated to the Cesar concerned between them.

* A second time, immediately after their stage appearance, in front of the cameras and journalists of the Academy’s backstage interview studio.

This second time has no time limit, and is intended to be placed online accessible to all on the Academy website. These interviews may also be offered in whole or in part as “bonuses” in the recording of the Ceremony sent by the Academy to all its members after the Ceremony.

 

Media trail:

The Academy Secretariat shall notify all winners of the media obligations which the Academy asks them to observe following their stage appearance. To this end, the Academy Secretariat shall exercise strict control of all media accredited in the “wings” of the Ceremony, so that these media are obliged to respect the winners’ privacy and peace of mind.

 

Backstage assistance for winners:

The Academy Secretariat shall implement a system of personalised assistance for each winner on leaving the stage, to help them manage the rest of their route.

 

Article 5. Award of Statuettes 

The statuette awarded for “Cesar for Best Film” is given to the Executive Producer(s) and the director of the film.

The statuettes awarded for “Cesar for Best First Film”, “Cesar for Best Animated Film”, “Cesar for Best Documentary Film” and “Cesar for Best Short Film” are given to the Directors of the films. One statuette will also be given to the Executive Producer(s) of the films.

Two statuettes are awarded for "Cesar for Best Animated Film", one to the Director of the feature-length film that obtained the greatest number of votes during the second round, and the other to the Director of the short film that obtained the greatest number of votes during the second round. One statuette will also be given to the Executive Producer(s) of the films.

Executive Producers eligible for the above provisions must have been identified as such in the production approval application for the film.

Only one statuette shall be given per executive production company, identified as such in the approval application (or a maximum of 2 statuettes in case of executive co-production).

Where one or more Co-Producers representing other co-production companies are added to the Executive Producer in the Best Film, Best First Film, Best Animated Film, Best Documentary Film or Best Short Film categories, and identified as such in the film’s approval application, they may also request to be given a statuette, subject to bearing the cost themselves.

 

The statuette awarded for the “Cesar for Best Foreign Film” is given to the director of the film. If there is a CNC-approved French Co-Producer, a statuette shall also be given to the French Co-Producer as well as the foreign Executive Producer (if he/she so requests), identified as such in the production approval application for the film. If there is no CNC-approved French Co-Producer, a statuette shall also be given to the French distributor holding the exclusive authorisation for distribution to cinemas throughout France. In the case of film co-distribution, the “Distributor” will be considered, for the requirements of the present regulation, to be the distribution company that has carried out the programming in cinemas, whose teaser appears before the opening credits of the film in its cinema version.

For individual Cesars, one statuette shall be given to each winner. Where several persons are winners of the same Cesar, one statuette shall be given to each winner, limited to three Césars.

Césars are awarded on a personal basis, and may not be sold.