What is Cinema Libre and what is this festival ? (english)

12 juin 2013 , No Comments »

Cinema Libre is produced by people who have to say something. Cinema libre is placing poetry before technique/technology, life before show, and facts before effects. It is the antidote to dominant and standardized pictures, which are shaping us. It differs from the cinema made by industry, television, business, entertainment, motion picture technology and money. Cinema Libre does not pay attention to public expectations. It is neither a job, nor a business. It does not look for a return on investment. It ignores codes, formats and fashions. It is a cinema of experiments and many times it is based on DIY, sharing, lightness and freshness.

To be independent from the film industry, movies can be self-produced, crowd funded and/or be produced with no money at all. These movies are sometimes labelled as “amateur movies”. Furthermore there are movies, which are under copyleft licences or under Creative Commons licences and can be shared and modified freely. Even some movies produced in the traditional way divert themselves from the conformism that is involved in/ belongs to the hegemonic system.

 In the last decade, digital technologies (camera, mobile, internet, computer) extended the space of cinema libre, as they are/ it’s made possible to produce and to share movies easily.

This is a chance to promote the cinema libre, since the access from creation to diffusion is now available for many people.

By definition, cinema libre has no definition. That’s why this festival wants to be an occasion to develop this idea of cinema. By watching movies – your movies – and by giving space and time for discussions we will try to make the cinema libre defining itself

The Festival Cinema Libre is organized by the French-German Association for Cinema Libre. The association is arranged by people who want to make a base to share and to show past and present movies, that distinguish from the industrial cinema. We have the goal to increase public awareness through different actions and to organize debates and discussions about practices like self-production, copyfree, copyleft and Creative Commons Licences, crowd funding, etc.

 The participation in the Festival Cinema Libre is open to all moviemakers who consider their movies in the spirit of cinema libre.

The Festival Cinema Libre is open to any ideas and cooperation. Also, any forms of expression that are not filmic (music, etc.) and might be part of the festival are very welcomed. 

 free of copyright / under Creative Commons Licence / Copyleft / self-produced / amateur /crowd funded / mash up / free of format / free of industry / communion and wedding movies / cinema punk and trash / cinema of gracefulness / cinema of miracles etc. libre de droit / libre de format / libre d’industrie / amateur / autoproduit / creative common / art libre / copyleft / copyfree / mash up / cinéma sans fric / cinéma punk / indépendant / sans talent / à l’arrache / incompris

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Complete 4th edition Festival Program

Complete 4th edition Festival Program

  4th FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL CINEMA LIBRE HAMBURG – 26.-28.08.2016 indoor and outdoor screenings, workshops, concerts, filmothek, food, bar FREE ENTRANCE


4th Festival international Cinema Libre Hamburg, Aug. 26th-28th, 2016 indoor and outdoor screenings, concerts, bar, filmothek Free entrance @ Galerie



Every year, we make our best to provide a representative overview of ‘cinema libre’. This year we received 200 films.


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Previous editions

Festival Cinema Libre 2015

Festival Cinema Libre 2014

Festival Cinema Libre 2013