about us – jury regulations
for the Prize of the International Film Critics
1. The purpose of the International Film
Critics Awards (the FIPRESCI Prize) is to promote film-art and to encourage
new and young cinema.
2. The FIPRESCI prize is awarded at international
film festivals or at film festivals of particular importance. Furthermore
it may also be awarded at the discretion of FIPRESCI. The General Assembly
decides at which festivals FIPRESCI juries are to be established, and
also decides which kind of films or which sections of the Festivals are
to be included for the jury. In special cases the Board can set up an
experimental jury and report to the General Assembly on the results.
3. All films presented publicly within
a particular festival may qualify for the FIPRESCI prize, no matter what
section they are shown in, unless the General Assembly has decided otherwise
in establishing the jury. Films which have already received a FIPRESCI prize may be considered again.
4. FIPRESCI juries award only one prize.
Only in exceptional cases, the jury may decide not to award any prize
at all. In this case, the jury has to give an argumentation for the decision.
The General Assembly can ask the jury to award separate prizes for films
in different sections.
When a Festival is mainly dedicated to regular length films,
FIPRESCI awards go to one of such films. When a Festival is mainly dedicated
to short films, FIPRESCI awards go to a short film. By exception, in Festivals
not dedicated to short films, a jury may also decide to present an award
to a short film in the festival program in addition to the regular FIPRESCI
prize for the best feature.
5. The prize consists of a diploma which
contains the title and name of the director of the winning film.
6. Juries should not have less than three
members nor more than nine members. They all have to be from different
countries. In case of major festivals, when the jury is divided to accomodate
separate sections, more than one member of the same country can be accepted,
if they cover separate sections.
7. The jury is appointed by the General
Secretary from lists of candidates proposed by the national sections (including
the section of individual members). The national sections are expected
to propose critics who have a knowledge of, and report regularly about
world cinema. Candidates must be communicated to the General Secretary
before the deadline established for each festival. The deadlines are indicated
regularly in circulars; after these dates no proposals can be accepted.
When a candidate is not registered to FIPRESCI, his candidacy
is automatically void, unless his registration form is joined. Previously
registered FIPRESCI members always take precedence over FIPRESCI members
applying before being registered.
All colleagues wishing to participate in a jury or conference, are kindly asked to inform, with their request, on their complete address (inlcuding email), as well as on the publication/s and/or media where they are going to cover the concerned event (in particular if this differs from the information given earlier in the registrations). They are as well asked to supply evidence that they contributed as film journalists or critics at least three times to a regular publication or media over a period of the last twelve months.
8. In case the conditions for a reasonable
composition, organisation and work of a specific jury are not forthcoming,
the one of the following options may be adopted:
A. The General Secretary may invite at his own discretion
critics who are members of FIPRESCI, to participate in that specific jury;
B. Critics attending the festival, who are members of
FIPRESCI, can be co-opted on the spot by a member of the Board, or, if
no member of the Board is attending the festival, by the president of
the Jury, even if he is not member of the Board.
C. The jury can be cancelled by the Board.
The provisions of the present article notably apply when
the General Secretary notices that the lists of candidates proposed by
the national sections (included the section of individual members) do
not give to the jury a proper balance in gender, geography or type of
press (print or media) publication represented.
9. Juries should be presided by a member
being experienced in FIPRESCI matters. Juries consisting of less than
five members may not have a president. Presidents do not vote, unless
they represent a national section.
Members of the board attending a festival but not serving
on the jury have the right to attend the jury meetings. They cannot vote,
but can participate in the discussion in order to recall FIPRESCI regulations.
10. Jury members cannot have any kind of
connection with the films, nor with the production or distribution or
advertising companies of the films which are competing for the FIPRESCI
prize, nor with the concerned festival, neither artistically, nor financially.
If it appears they do, they must immediately declare their interest to
the president of the jury, who has to decide if they can still participate
in the jury.
11. Decisions have to be carried out by
an absolute majority of all jury members present. Delegation of votes
is unacceptable. Deliberations of the jury can be open to the public.
In case of split decisions, the President can decide to use his vote to
cast the decision, or, exceptionally, can decide to vote, if he is a president
not representing a section.
12. The national section of the country
in which a festival takes place should be in charge of organizing the
jury meetings, the award ceremony and the publication of awards. They
should also provide the secretary of the jury. In the most important festivals,
in order to insure the best organization, the General Secretary may instead
appoint a permanent correspondent, who, in that case, will deal with the
above tasks and will be ex officio the secretary of the jury without vote.
13. The President of the jury is responsible
for sending a protocol covering jury activities and including prizes and
technical data, to the General Secretary. Each jury member is obliged
to write a text on the concerned festival, to be published on the website
of the Federation. In particular, the awarded film has to be reviewed.
14. The official languages of FIPRESCI
and its juries are English and French.
Approved by the General Assembly 2006.