Our story

Demetera International Festival is a bi-annual event dedicated to independent filmmakers and artists from all over the world, celebrating culture and art.

Our team started this festival because, although Paris is the city with the most movie theaters in the world, it lacked a proper international film festival for short movies. Our team of six has worked around the clock for more than a year to make it happen.

All our team members are passionate about movies, and cinema – and we all believe that tomorrow’s most creative artists will start their journey with short movies – as this medium is probably the most experimental and enriching.

Our goal

Our festival’s aim is to provide a place for filmmakers and artists who don’t necessarily have a large budget but interesting stories to share.

We are eager to promote a wide variety of genres and styles to cinema fans and fellow international filmmakers and to establish a strong network for indie filmmakers, producers, and marketing professionals.

Among our community, we share one common goal: forge productive and lasting relationships between independent filmmakers, artists, and audiences.

Our name

The name of our festival is inspired by the goddess Demeter. In Greek mythology, Demeter is the goddess of agriculture and, the harvest of cultivated and fertile land.

Demetera is thus a symbol of fertility but also a symbol of respect for sustainability. We strive to create long-lasting relationships within the independent artists and moviemakers.

Our logo

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We are proud of the history, diversity and cultural dynamism of Paris. Our logo and visual identity are inspired by this cultural strength. Given the drama that happened at Notre Dame, we decided to choose its rose window.

That’s why we chose the Grands-Voisins for our first edition: the former Nursery of the hospital with its space under the eaves and with high ceilings and has a beautiful rosette stained glass on the wall facing on stage, providing a bright atmosphere.

Our values

  • Engaged

Demetera is dedicated to independent filmmakers and artists from around the world, celebrating culture and art. Through our network and events, we want to allow directors, producers and cinema lovers to progress in their careers and make enriching encounters.

  • Bold and innovative

We believe in committed, audacious and innovative cinema: works that stand out, by their originality of scenario or techniques and technologies used.

  • International

We believe that art and beauty have no boundaries. And that, therefore, the cinema must not be confined to a given territory. On the contrary, artists and directors must seek international recognition.