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The Académie des César

Fame comes to a motion picture in three ways: through public enjoyment (theatrical admissions, video purchases, television audiences), through critical acclaim (the media and festivals), and through recognition by film industry professionals (the National Film Academies).

The Academy of Cinema Arts and Techniques, usually referred to as the Académie des César, is the institution that, in France, organizes this third path of cinematic distinction, dedicated to films and the people who make them.

It is made up of more than 4680 members, divided into 10 colleges, which each year, will distinguish by their votes the artists, technicians and films that they consider the most remarkable, by awarding them a trophy called "César".

Its role

The Rules of the Academy and the list of its members

This is the document that sets out all of the Academy’s operating conditions. It is updated every year by the Academy’s Board.
The number of members constituting the Academy is updated at the end of each year by the Board of the Academy, in accordance with these Rules, in the light of requests for applications and possible resignations or dismissals.

The census of professionals and films eligible for César awards

Each year, the Academy counts more than 3,000 people and more than 600 eligible films in accordance with the information provided by the CNC and after cross-checking with production companies.

The voting process

The Academy organizes and proposes various devices for viewing the eligible films and sends members the voting materials for the first and second rounds. It also manages the procedures for voting, counting and editing the results, with a specialised company and under the supervision of a bailiff.

The César Ceremony

It is the French film event of the year and the Academy’s most visible project: a three-hour live show during which the winners are unveiled in front of more than 1,700 guests in an emblematic hall in the French capital, broadcasted unencrypted and live on Canal+.

Other dedicated events

Through various events organized on the fringes of the Ceremony, the Académie des César pays tribute throughout the year to those who make cinema in France.

Its resources

The Academy does not benefit from any public subsidies.
Its resources come from membership fees, the transfer of audiovisual rights to broadcast the Ceremonies, contributions, whether monetised or not, from its official and technical partners, and the sale of advertising space in the Academy's publications.

Its governance

The Association for the Promotion of Cinema

The Académie des César is governed by the Association for the Promotion of Cinema (APC), an association under the law of 1901, specially created for this purpose in 1974 by Georges Cravenne. APC is in particular responsible for defining the rules of the Academy:

  • to set the conditions for entry into the Academy and to maintain the membership roster;
  • to fix the different categories of “César” awards, as well as the voting procedures;
  • to fix the conditions of eligibility of films and persons;
  • to set the rules for the awarding of statuettes.

The APC Office, from February 26, 2020 until September 29, 2020, will be run on an interim basis by the following people:

President: Ms Margaret MENEGOZ
Treasurer: Mr. Samuel FAURE

New statutes were adopted at the Extraordinary General Meeting of July 9, 2020. The Interim Board was given the task of implementing an electoral calendar allowing the designation of elected members by 30 September 2020 at the latest, as well as ensuring the day-to-day management of the Academy.


APC has a subsidiary, called ECE, incorporated as a commercial company, in which it holds 100% of the shares, in charge of the permanent structure of the Academy and the marketing of the rights of the Ceremony.

The permanent staff of ECE constitutes the secretariat of the Academy.