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Cabriolet Film Festival next year’s topic is centered around the concept of "The Other" and drawing inspiration from the philosophy of Emmanuel Levinas. The latter believed that this otherness – which he called alterity – was something to celebrate, and that our primary ethical responsibility is to “The Other” who is fundamentally different and separate from the self.
Instead of seeking shared traits as the foundation of our moral concern, we should acknowledge that each person is a mysterious universe, evoking feelings of wonder, curiosity, denial, empathy, rejection, or attentiveness.
Sartre states that our relationship with “the others” can be a source of conflict, tension, and anxiety. His existentialist philosophy emphasizes the individual as fundamentally free, but when we interact with others, we are confronted with their expectations and judgments, which can limit our freedom.
Otherness is an essential component of human life. It represents the diversity that characterizes our world, a diversity that, far from being a source of division, can be a precious source of enrichment and sharing. By embracing otherness, we have the opportunity to grow as individuals and build more inclusive and open societies.
When we embrace otherness as a source of enrichment, we also open the door to identification and compassion. We develop greater sensitivity to injustices and inequalities, and we realize that diversity is a treasure that must be celebrated.
The theme invites filmmakers to explore freely the idea of self and otherness in their short films. We encourage a lighthearted, humorous, and liberated satirical approach when contemplating the topic.

  2. There is no restriction to the number of films that can be submitted by an individual or an entity. However, each submitted films requires a separate submission form.
  3. Short films in all guises (including 3D) with no restriction to country are welcomed.
  4. For Lebanese Movies: if your film will be selected send us your movie on 2 DVD with the permit of general Security.
  5. Short films may not exceed 20 minutes. There is no minimum running time.
  6. English subtitles are required, even if the short film is in English.
  7. The deadline for submission is March 1, 2024.
  8. Directors whose shorts are selected will grant CFF the rights to use parts from the film(s), and this only for promotional purposes (before, during, and after the festival).
  9. CFF will not be held responsible for copyright claims that may arise from improper use of intellectual property rules.
  10. For any inquiries, send your email to

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