PriMed - International Festival of Mediterranean Documentary & Current Affairs Film

Call for films

Created in 1994, the International Festival of Mediterranean Documentary & Current Affairs Film, called now PriMed, helps give a better visibility to films dealing with the societies, history, heritage, and art in Mediterranean countries. The Festival also helps these films to get better distribution across the region.

The PriMed is co-organised by CMCA (Mediterranean Centre for Audiovisual Communication) and RAI, in collaboration with their partners of the broadcasting and the audiovisual world.

The International Jury is made up of cinema and TV professionals (directors, producers, distributors), as well as specialists of the Mediterranean area.

Each year the CMCA receives some 300 films from around 30 countries to compete in different categories: Mediterranean Challenges – Memories – Art, Heritage and Cultures – First Film – Investigative Documentary.

The PriMed is open to all television companies (public or private), production houses (public, private or community-based), authors, journalists, and documentary film makers who, through their work, spread a wider and deeper awareness of Mediterranean history, culture and tradition.

Rules & Regulations

The PriMed – International Festival of Mediterranean Documentary and Current Affairs Film is open to all film makers, television and production companies who, through their programmes or films, are part of the process of cultural exchange between countries of the Mediterranean basin in its widest sense, from the Atlantic to the Black Sea.

The works presented should be about the culture, heritage, history, societies and life of the men and women living in Mediterranean countries. They must not contain any form of advertising or propaganda.

Each work can only be entered for one category, and the choice must be clearly indicated in the registration form. Registration for the PriMed is free.

Nine Awards are given to the films in competition:

  • Grand Prix “Mediterranean Challenges” (€6,000): this prize is given to the best film (documentary or current affairs film) on a current Mediterranean subject, lasting more than 30 minutes. It picks out productions which improve our understanding of the present situation in the Mediterranean and rewards a director’s skill at questioning events and putting them into perspective, as well as his capacity to listen to the principal characters.
  • “Mediterranean Memories” (€5,000): this prize rewards the documentary lasting more than 30 minutes, which – with or without archives – most successfully places in a present-day context historical events concerning the Mediterranean, stories of men and women, whether individual or collective, or places of symbolism and memory.
  • “First Film” (€5,000): this award recognizes the talent of a film maker who made no more than three films. Works produced as part of a school or training can also compete. Running time must exceed 30 minutes.
  • “Mediterranean Art, Heritage and Cultures” (€5,000): this prize rewards the documentary film lasting more than 30 minutes, which highlights the region’s artistic life (music, plastic arts, live theatre, visual arts), its heritage (sites, monuments, works of art, archaeology, architecture) and other instances of Mediterranean culture (folklore and traditions).
  • “Investigative Documentary” (€5,000): this award is for the best currents affairs film, the best investigation which gets to the heart of an event, past or present, within the Mediterranean region. The duration of the work must exceed 30 minutes.
  • Special Jury Award (€5,000), all categories together. This prize rewards a film that has not received any other prize but which the jury considers of special merit.
  • Young Persons Award (€5,000), given by a jury of schoolboys. It rewards one of the films chosen between one of the category of the PriMed (category to determine).
  • “Mediterranean Short Doc” (€2,500): this award is for a documentary or a currents affairs film – lasting less than 30 minutes – whose subject is about Mediterranean area.
  • “Mediterranean Multimedia” (€2,500): this prize rewards the web-documentary or POM (Petite Œuvre Multimédia / Little Multimedia Object) about Mediterranean subjects.

A web-documentary is a documentary production made for and available on the Web, using pictures, texts, sounds, videos, in an interactive dimension.

The POM (Petite Oeuvre Multimédia / Little Multimedia Object) is a video production which combines photographer, filmmaker, web designer, sound designer and illustrator. This is a video editing animating the images, giving them a third dimension and with a direct approach to the subject.

These awards are for the directors and authors of the work concerned.

Broadcasting Awards

In addition, broadcasting awards may be given by representatives of the television companies and are entirely at their discretion. They will be chosen from amongst any of the films in the final selection. The broadcast of any work thus rewarded has to be agreed individually between the broadcaster and the makers of the film.

The same film cannot win more than two awards (except for the broadcasting award).


The presented works:

  • must have been produced after January 1st, 2009;
  • must not have already been submitted to a previous edition of PriMed;
  • in the case of a documentary series or a film with more than one episode, only one episode can be submitted;
  • in the case of a co-production, the programme may only be entered into the competition by one of the producers, with prior agreement from the other partners. The name of all the co-producers must be included in the application form.

To enter the competition, the following material must be provided:

  • for all works, except for those of the category “Mediterranean Multimedia”
    • Two DVDs of the film, copied from the master, subtitled in French (priority), English or Italian
    • The application form
    • A synopsis of the work presented, maximum 10 lines, in French and English (by e-mail)
    • A biography of the film maker, maximum 10 lines, in French and English (by e-mail)
    • Some pictures of the documentary (sent via e-mail or on CD)
    • Any additional promotional material: photos, articles, press kit, etc… (optional)
  • for the works of the category “Mediterranean Multimedia”
    • The internet link where the work is presented (by e-mail:
    • A presentation of the project, maximum 10 lines, in French and English (by e-mail), with the date of creation, the partners, the name and the presentation of the creators, some pictures.
    • The application form
    • Any additional promotional material: photos, articles, press kit, etc… (optional)

The application form must be carefully filled out and signed by an authorized person.

Shipping and insurance costs are to be borne by the participant.

Final Stage

Should the programme be selected for the final stage, the following items must be provided:

  • Full time-coded script of the programme in two of the three official languages (French, English, Italian)
  • A data DVD with an extract of the movie in MPEG2 – PAL format (resolution min. 576×720) with the subtitles embedded images


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