22-27 January 2019



We believe that discovering documentary through minimally edited but poignant films constitutes an essential educational objective. As part of an international event, FIPADOC CAMPUS opens the minds of younger audiences to this genre, providing opportunities for them to exchange points of view over different works, and to meet the creators behind them.


Discussing and exchanging experiences through CAMPUS is a way of opening the world of documentary cinema up to secondary school, high school, and university students, to help them to become proactive citizens.

CAMPUS aims to provide professional outlets for young people, screening a wide range of film school projects. In addition, support is given through pitch sessions and discussions for young directors.

Young Europeans Jury

CAMPUS brings together French-speaking European secondary and tertiary students (aged 17-25) as an international jury to spark personal reflection on current affairs among young Europeans, and to encourage dialogue about the ways contemporary society is portrayed.

Young members of the jury compare their viewpoints, their feelings, and their insights, before finally agreeing upon the winner of best documentary in the CAMPUS selection.

Registration Deadline: Thursday, December 13, 2018.

School Audience

FIPADOC’s CAMPUS school programme brings together over 1, 000 pupils and students both during the Festival and throughout the entire school year. Through documentary film, this audience, eager to learn about other ways of seeing the world, gains an awareness of its political, economic, and social context. This programme hopes to spark curiosity, galvanize minds, encourage a critical eye, add to the public debate, and equip young people with tools for analysing images.


This selection of a dozen documentaries is tailored towards classes of schoolchildren. It combines films from all the Festival’s categories where the themes and formats inspire reflection and interest in young people. Each of these films is accompanied by an educational pamphlet that provides analytical threads, contextual information, and references – ensuring the students can get the most out of the screening and out of their classes.

School screenings

These two special screenings – reserved for school classes and followed by meet-and-greet sessions with the directors – are an opportunity to delve deep into the universe of documentary. Exchanges are run by a member of the Festival’s selection committee.
Films from the CAMPUS category

Unis-Cité Cine-debates

The “Cinema and Citizenship” project revolves around educating young people about citizenship via an understanding of cinema as a way of interpreting and understanding the world. Throughout the Festival, civil service volunteers will host two “cine-debates” for school classes in order to foster a spirit of reciprocity and add to the public debate.
Films from the CAMPUS category

Workshops for Teachers

Delegations from Bordeaux on media and information education and cultural initiatives are offering documentary film training to teachers in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region. New forms of writing and innovative creative practices (e.g., VR/web documentaries) are also addressed.

Roundtable: “Video Production: Documentaries and New Narrative Forms”

Teachers from the local region will bring videos made by their students, which will serve as a springboard from which they can work on new digital narrative forms and hone their skills.


Some 20 training programmes are affiliated with the Festival to give their students authentic, professional experiences in directing, script-writing, journalism, sound design, production, distribution, broadcasting, multimedia, subtitling, communication, set design, and so on. These many perspectives develop a range of complementary intellectual and practical skills, and enrich the Festival.

Student Blogs

Students can get involved in the Festival on a daily basis by contributing to several blogs, that give individuals have an opportunity to shine through their reviews and interviews; reporting and investigation; by posting footage and live video-reports, photos or radio segments; plus live updates and the buzz from evening events.

Erasmus+ Discussions

Three of these Festival highlights are geared towards social mobility in secondary and higher education, including collaborative projects between European partners as well a practical orientation workshop, which aims to help students structure their projects in light of existing funding opportunities. These discussions will be based on real-life case studies.

Young Professionals

FIPADOC bridges students and the audiovisual industry through discussions, roundtables, and pitch sessions, enriching a programme dedicated to sharing thoughts and ideas and providing feedback.

“First Regional” pitches

Eight filmmakers from the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region will be selected to pitch their debut documentary ideas to local TV networks Tv7 Bordeaux and Kanaldude, as well as to a panel of regional producers seeking new talent. The aim is to cultivate new talent in FIPADOC’s home region and to help it take root by broadcasting debut documentaries on local networks.

Pitch and Promote Your Documentary… (Workshop by La Fémis Film School)

La Fémis is offering directors, writers, producers, and representatives of documentary projects the chance to sharpen their promotional skills to better pitch their films to potential partners and investors. After working on the spoken and written aspects of promotion, participants will present their projects during one of FIPADOC’s pitch sessions.

New Talent

The New Talent category represents 30 documentary shorts made by students at film school, university, or vocational college. These films reflect the abundance of educational aims, writing styles, and forms that documentaries may take. This selection shines a spotlight on movies coming out of French, German, and European/international schools.


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