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SMART is FIPADOC’s space dedicated to the digital documentary experience. The works presented offer members of the public a chance to discover forms of narration that use cutting-edge technology to tell true stories. Interactive documentaries, virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), web-documentary series, and content designed specifically for smartphones, tablets, or computers… A wealth of innovation is on offer to give audiences alternatives to movie theatres and television screens.


SMART strives to be the ultimate showcase for the very best French and international productions, promoting documentary content that can be hard to access by other means. 
We hope to help extend the life of these works far into the future, much like classic movies, and to create bridges between documentaries in all their different forms.

SMART FIPADOC has two primary goals:

  • Offer digital experiences that are acclaimed for quality in both content and production, including award-winning works from major festivals and works that resonate with their audiences. Selected works must also be accessible for digital experience novices.
  • Forge bonds between audiovisual professionals in attendance at FIPADOC, allowing them to discover writing formats specific to digital documentaries that work as well and are as powerful as traditional formats made for cinema or television.

FIPADOC has partnered with INA, the French National Audiovisual Institute, which excels in training audiovisual professionals and is renowned for its focus on digital.

Launching a new competition

For the first time ever, SMART is opening its selection for competition.

A new Digital Experiences Competition is being sponsored by the National Audiovisual Institute (INA) with a 3,000€ award.

The SMART FIPADOC prize will be awarded to a digital documentary.
All works, both in- and out-of competition, will be screened for public viewing.

Submissions for FIADOC 2020 Smart Selection are closes.

SMART LAB: Project Development Workshop

Another new addition in 2020: SMART LAB!
Jointly organised by INA and FIPADOC, SMART LAB is a two-day incubator for digital documentary projects in their early stages. The aim: to select and then support writer-producer teams through the initial stages of their digital project.

The SMART LAB takes place from 21-22 January at the Bellevue Centre in Biarritz.


Entries close: Friday 15 November.