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What’s Cinemacity?

Cinemacity is a free geolocated cultural and social experience that lets you rediscover Paris through the lens of movies filmed here on location Find hundreds of film clips on an interactive map on the website or in the app. Our goal is to make you see cinema in a new light by letting you play an active role in the process.

Why should I sign up?

In order to take maximum advantage of the Cinemacity experience, you have to sign up. As a member of the Cinemacity community, you will find all of the films and cinewalks you've liked in the “my account” area. You can also interact with other users by posting comments on the various clips you have viewed. Signing up also gives you access to a new feature to let you fully take advantage of the mobile app – your wish list. This is the place where you'll be able to sync all of the cinewalks you'd like to do. Finally, only by signing up can you participate in the Cinelab, Cinemacity's content creation laboratory. You can upload your sweded version of a scene filmed in Paris and sign up for the call for projects in order to produce your short.

How do I sign up?

You can sign up on Cinemacity in one of two ways: either create an account here, or connect with your Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ account.

How do I change my profile information?

You can modify your profile by going to the personal information page in your settings.

I’ve lost my password. How do I get it back?

Very easily: go to this page and enter the e-mail address you used to sign up. You will then receive an e-mail allowing you to reset your password.

What’s a geolocated clip?

In Cinemacity, each film scene is positioned on a map of Paris, in the precise location where it was shot. With the app, you can even watch your favorite movie scene again right in its natural setting. You can see how the city transforms over the years thanks to clips from old films.

How do I find a clip on the Cinemap?

All of the clips are represented on the Cinemap in the form of a “geospot.” You can use the filters on the left of the Cinemap to display films according to their release date or the name of the director. You can also refine your search by choosing a specific neighborhood in Paris. By clicking on a geospot, Cinemacity will automatically display in green the geospot or geospots connected to the chosen film. At the left corner of the map, the film file will appear. By clicking on it, you will get all of the information about the film and you can watch the selected clips again and again.

There are scenes and movies shot in Paris that I can’t find in Cinemacity? Why is that?

Cinemacity is not designed to be an exhaustive list of EVERY scene of EVERY movie ever filmed in Paris. Our editorial position is to offer an eclectic data base of films shot in Paris, including old movies, recent productions, art-house films, and blockbusters. The movies we've selected trace the major milestones of films set in Paris, and the chosen clips illustrate the history of the capital and show the city, its scenery, monuments, and inhabitants in different eras.

How do I let you know about a film or a clip?

Of course we may have missed certain films or clips. You can send your recommendations here or contact us on Facebook.

For certain scenes, the video has been replaced by a photo. Why is that?

Cinemacity offers you movie clips free of charge while respecting copyright arrangements. For certain films we haven't yet received permission to offer free clips, in which case a screen capture is available.

I liked a clip and would like to see the entire film. How do I do that

With Cinemacity you will discover or rediscover hundreds of film clips. If you like a clip and would like to see the entire movie, the film files have a direct link to the VOD platform where the movie is available.

I’m a director/producer and would like my film to be available on Cinemacity. How do I do that?

Thank you! You can contact us here. We will get back to you quickly about including your movie in our database.

What’s a cinewalk in Cinemacity?

Each film clip is geolocated. Several clips connected to one another make up a cinewalk. Some cinewalks are designed around monuments or Paris' geography. Others have been created to rediscover Paris in specific historical periods, such as May '68 or the Liberation of Paris during WWII. Others still allow you to follow a character from a movie, such as Cleo in Agnès Varda's “Cleo from 5 to 7,” which is a 2-hour cinewalk in real time.

How do I find the list of cinewalks?

On the Cinemap, you can use the filter on the left, “Cinewalks.” You can display the cinewalks however you prefer: by duration or neighborhood.

What’s the difference between a cinewalk and a fiction-walk?

When you browse Cinemacity you will inevitably come upon this hybrid name - “Fiction-Walk.” Don't be afraid! These are original creations produced by and for Cinemacity. The fiction-walks take the form of a mini-series of 5 episodes of 2 minutes each, which take you around a neighborhood over the course of the story. At the time of its launch,  Cinemacity offers you one fiction-walk, Tag, directed by Ilan Cohen, whose plot unfolds in Belleville. Other fiction-walks will be produced for Cinemacity through Cinelab's call for projects.

What’s the wish list?

Your wish list is a bit like a cinewalk shopping cart. Save the cinewalks you'd like to do in order to access them in just 1 click. With the smartphone app you can also very easily sync your entire wish list in order to make it available in offline mode.

How do I download the Cinemacity app?

Do you have an iPhone or an iPad? Then go to the App Store to download the Cinemacity app. If you have an Android phone, then you have to go to Google Play to get it.

I have a Windows Phone. Are you planning to create an app for Windows Mobile?

At the moment, we don't plan on coming out with an app for Windows Mobile. Sorry, Bill Gates, you'll have to change phones if you want to try Cinemacity ;).

How does the app work?

The Cinemacity app works like a travel companion. To view clips you have to go to the exact spot where they are geolocated (well, within 300m from it). The app opens the Cinemap. You can either click on a lilac/blue geospot corresponding to a cinewalk, or on a black geospot, which corresponds to an isolated film clip (that is, one that's not part of a cinewalk). You can also click on the little arrow to center the Cinemap on your location and view the clips that are closest to you.

Do I have to be connected to the internet to use the app?

No. You can sync the cinewalk or cinewalks of your choice from the comfort of your home when you're connected to WiFi, then use the app on the street in offline mode. No more network access or data plan issues -- all of the content (text, photo, and video) is downloaded to your smartphone or tablet. You can then enjoy your cinewalk under optimal conditions.

I can’t view a film clip. What do I do?

To watch a film clip, you have to be within 300m of its geospot, that is, its geolocation spot. If you are close enough to a film clip, the spot should transform into an orange target. If the problem persists, don't hesitate to contact us here.  

What’s the Cinelab?

The Cinelab is Cinemacity's content creation laboratory. The Cinelab has two parts: 1/ Sweded versions: express your talent by making your own sweded version of a film. Naturally, the best creations will be receive awards. For more information on sweded versions, click here. 2/ Fiction-Walk call for projects – for the chance to see your creation produced and shown on Cinemacity.

How do I sign up for the call for projects?

To sign up, all you have to do is click here. The following is required as part of your application (in French only): 1/ A synopsis of the fiction-walk (which should mainly be composed of exterior shots) 2/ Your choice of film location and viewing medium for the fiction-walk. 3/ A director's statement of intent, which details, in particular, how the urban space plays an important role in the story (2 pages max.)

Who can participate in the call for projects?

This first call for projects is open exclusively to directors/screenwriters based in Ile de France (Greater Paris). The call for projects is open from July 1st to September 30th, 2013. A second edition is planned for next year (2014). This time, it would be open to participants from all over France.

How will Cinemacity’s creation workshop be conducted?

On October 31st, 2013, nine projects will be selected by a professional jury composed of Cinemacity's co-producers (Small Bang and Arte). The directors and screenwriters of each project will be invited to participate in a 3-day creation workshop, led by specialists from the worlds of cinema and new media. The goal of this workshop is to reveal the potential of selected projects by accelerating their development through the intervention of various experts. The 3-day program alternates master classes and group work sessions. This workshop will take place at Forum des Images, from November 22nd to the 24th.

How many fiction-walks will be produced?

Nine applications will be selected for the creation workshop. At the end of the workshop, only 3 fiction-walks will be produced.

Where will they be shown?

The 3 fiction-walks that will be produced will be shown on Cinemacity.fr as well as on Arte television. A screening at Forum des Images is also planned.

What’s a sweded movie?

A swede is a remake of a film made with whatever equipment is available by amateurs, who reenact scenes from the movie more or less faithfully. Bordering on a spoof, this activity was invented and coined by French filmmaker Michel Gondry. His 2008 film, Be Kind Rewind, features young people who are forced to resort to sweding to save a video  rental store whose stock of VHS tapes has been destroyed. It has since been adopted by film buffs worldwide.

How do I post my sweded clip online?

To submit a swede, you have to first be registered on Cinemacity. Then, all you have to do is go to the film file of the movie for which you would like to submit a sweded version, click on the “Participate” button and complete the form that will appear. Your video must previously have been uploaded to a video-sharing platform like Dailymotion, Vimeo, or YouTube.

I’m not a professional, can I still participate?

Anyone can swede a film. It's a production using whatever equipment and materials are on hand. Participants are not at all required to identically reproduce the chosen scenes. A good swede should be somewhere between a rough-and-ready remake, a spoof, and the original production. Express your creativity and your sense of humor!

Will the best creations receive awards?

Yes, the best creations will receive awards during the 2014 Cinemacity Festival, which will be held at Forum des Images in Paris.