History of Festival

Created in 2018 by the Regard Caméra Association, Festival CitéCiné, the International Political Film Festival of Carcassonne, is a film festival that caters to both the audience and the citizens that we all are. The sixth edition of the festival will take place from January 11 to 15, 2024.

Built on human and civic values, centered around the passion for the seventh art, Festival CitéCiné sheds light on cinema whose importance and relevance leave a mark on our individual and collective consciousness. While politics is commonly confined to partisan and electoral issues, only artists and their works take the spotlight at Festival CitéCiné, creating a unique moment of cinema and citizenship.

In Carcassonne, we celebrate those who write, direct, produce, and contribute to making this cinema that challenges, questions, and disrupts us. CitéCiné Festival transforms Carcassonne, its city center, and its medieval heritage into a hub for French and international political cinema.

Festival CitéCiné transcends the simple concept of a film festival; it is a unique event deeply rooted in the city of Carcassonne while being one of the most accessible festivals in France. Its screenings and highlights take place in cultural and heritage locations that are emblematic of the city, such as the Medieval City, the Dôme, the Colisée Cinema, the Odéum, and Place Carnot.

Festival CitéCiné's mission is to promote the seventh art while enhancing the economic attractiveness of the region. It offers both the public and its partners a prestigious experience, enjoying national and international recognition. As the only film festival in France entirely dedicated to this theme and welcoming renowned guests from French and foreign cinema, CitéCiné Festival continues its ambitions on both the national and international fronts

Some key figures


15 900

attendees in 2023

+42% increase in attendance in one year

attendees per film
in average

in economic impact

on the regional territory in 2023
+1 500
students participating
each year
feature-length films
including 102 premieres since 2018
90% of the budget

spent in Occitanie


comes from all over France

with 37% from Carcassonne, 13% from outside Occitanie, and a 52% increase in the number of working professionals attending


written about the festival since 2018



on Facebook and Instagram in 2023

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