ARTE France supports short films through a policy of purchases, pre-purchases and co-productions broadcast in the magazine Court-circuit every Saturday after midnight, and on the platform and social media channels. Acting as a talent scout, the Court-circuit team supports the production of approximately 30 short and medium-length films a year, and purchases around 30 as well.

2 to 3 short animation or fiction series are co-produced every year. For example: La Minute vieille, 50 nuances de grecs, etc.


Our slots for short programs, medium-length films and short series

We purchase French-language short fiction films, short animated films and medium-length films (31 to 59 minutes) from all over the world, and pre-purchase short and medium-length films that have received selective funding support (from the CNC, region, department or co-producing country).

We also co-produce French-language humorous short series consisting of 30 episodes lasting up to 3 minutes each.

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Information necessary for the submission of your proposal

Our team studies short and medium-length fiction and animation projects that have been granted selective financing (pre-production or CNC program assistance, regional or departmental assistance in production or directing, or assistance from a co-producing country).

For scenario-based pre-purchase requests, we require the following information:

  • Short synopsis
  • Scenario
  • Director's and producer's statements
  • Mood board
  • Funding plan
  • Estimated quote
  • Director's and producer's résumés
  • Copy of the letter or e-mail justifying the selective funding granted
  • Link to the previous film of the project is not a first film

For purchases of completed films, we are looking only for French-language short fiction films, or short animation films from around the world, or very recent medium-length films from around the world (current and previous year).

For short films in languages other than French, the German ZDF/ARTE channel purchases and pre-purchases films (contact: Catherine Colas


Generic selection process

Receipt confirmation of the proposal

Study within the programme unit

Notification of the answer within two months

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