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We believe that image appreciation and the discovery of documentary film through unique and emotionally powerful works are essential for creating interest and engaging the future generation.
CAMPUS is a unique opportunity for young people to gain exposure to the documentary genre, to spark dialogue through various works, and to meet creators from all over the world.
Our “New Talent” selection demonstrates the diversity and the dynamism of the youth whose work we aim to promote.
CAMPUS takes place over four days, with over twenty events (including meet-and-greets, workshops, screenings, and debates) closely aligned with specific educational courses for secondary school pupils, sixth-formers, university students and educators.


Image Appreciation

FIPADOC CAMPUS school programme brings together over 800 pupils and students both during the Festival and throughout the entire school year. Through documentary film, this audience gains political, economic, and social awareness. The 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 – helping students to get the most out of both the screenings and 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.

Unis-Cité Debates

The “Cinema and Citizenship” project, initiated by the CNC, Centre national du cinéma et de l’image animée, revolves around educating young people about citizenship by viewing cinema as a means of interpreting and understanding the world. Throughout the Festival, civil service volunteers of Unis-Cité Pays basque will host one “cine-debate” for school classes in order to foster a spirit of reciprocity and add to the public dialogue.

“Speed-dating” documentary filmmaking professions

Groups of students can now get a behind-the-scenes look into the work of the some of the many professionals who play a part in bringing audiovisual works from inception, to shooting, to the screen. Over the course of three 20-minute “speed-dates”, secondary school pupils will gain insight into three different professions in just one hour.

Raised by Culture

Through the “Raised by Culture” programme, the Pyrénées-Atlantiques department aims to raise secondary school pupils’ cultural awareness by providing access to a specific work, artist, or cultural institution.
To this end, FIPADOC CAMPUS is offering a residency at a Biarritz high school to a film director for the 2019-2020 academic year, to develop students’ creativity, and aesthetic and social sensibilities.

Screenings at the Bibliothèque de Bordeaux

Some documentaries selected at FIPADOC 2019 will be screened in Bordeaux for young audiences in autumn 2019.

Accompanying Students
and Young Professionals

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.
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.

Student Blogs

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

Erasmus+ Discussions

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.

Partnerships with the Biarritz BTS Tourism
and the BTS Audiovisual programmes

FIPADOC showcases the skills and wide-ranging practical experience of students studying for these two diplomas, all of whom are heavily involved with the Festival.

From Biarritz to Kassel: a Two-way Exchange

FIPADOC in Biarritz and Kasseler Dok Fest in Kassel, Germany, join forces to link the art schools of the École supérieure d'art Pays Basque and the Kunsthochschule Kassel.

This partnership bridges two different teaching approaches: not only by offering students an opportunity to have their work shown outside their respective schools, but also by providing them with a framework within which they can collaborate on shared artistic projects. This exchange will culminate in a dual exhibition by the French and German students, in both Kassel and Biarritz.

Pitches regional first films

Eight filmmakers from the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region will be selected to pitch ideas for their first documentary to local TV networks, 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.
A panel of commissioning editors will award the best pitch with 5,000€ in post-production services by Saya.
In collaboration with ALCA.

Training at Fipadoc

Pitch and Promote Your Documentary…

This workshop by La Fémis Film School offers directors, writers, producers, and representatives of documentary projects the chance to attend the FIPADOC Industry Days.

Documentary Films for Young Audiences

This training course, spearheaded by Images en Bibliothèque invites its participants to reflect on the best way to introduce documentary film to young audiences. The short course for librarians develops their ability to select films for young audiences, as well as instructing them on how to present these films.
Goals: discover documentary films, develop programming skills, acquire the resources needed to develop catalogues, and meet partners and industry professionals.

Workshops for Teachers

Delegations from Bordeaux on media and information education and cultural initiatives offer 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.

Selection and Competition at FIPADOC

The CAMPUS Selection and the Young European Award

The Festival assembles a jury of 7 French-speaking European students between 17 and 25, brought to Biarritz.
All are curious movie enthusiasts with a particular interest in documentary.
Over 6 days, they exchange their points of view, feelings, and opinions, and award a prize for the best documentary selected by CAMPUS, made up of a dozen of films chosen from the official selections.
Supported by the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region.

The New Talent Competition

The New Talent category presents twenty 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, Swedish, and European/international schools. In 2019, twenty schools were represented.

The Erasmus+ Award

The Erasmus+ Award is granted to a European film in the New Talent category that best showcases a young person’s perspective on today’s world. The Erasmus+ French agency grants a 3,000€ award to the winning filmmaker.

The Tënk Award

The Tënk Award is granted by the documentary-streaming site Tënk ( to the best New Talent documentary from the European and international selection. The film’s director receives a 500€ award, and the winning film will be available in 2020 on the First Reels page of the Tënk website.