Youth Jury

Made up of “Secondaire II” pupils from several secondary and high schools between Geneva and Lausanne, the Youth Jury casts a fresh look over the short and medium films section.

Target group: young people aged 18 to 22 years old

Participating in the Jury means experiencing the atmosphere of one of the most enriching international film festivals for nine days. As a jury member, you will have the opportunity to see the films in competition, but not just that, you’ll also take part in the debates, workshops, festive activities. The life of a festival is not solely screenings, it is also everything that surrounds it. Come and discover or deepen your knowledge of documentary film, develop your critical thinking and learn to defend your point of view during passionate debates. There are no prerequisites for taking part, except curiosity!

Practical information and registration

There are several sessions between 15 and 25 April; you will receive a definitive schedule at the end of March.

Important: Several sessions are likely to take place during school hours. Requests for leave are made by the pupils but are supported by the Festival.

To register, complete this form and send it with a cover letter to Visions du Réel by Friday 19 February 2021

If the 2021 Festival had to be held once again as an online version, the Youth Jury would still be maintained. The film debates will take place by videoconference and we will adapt the screening programme to the situation. If you want more information or have any questions, please contact us! 

UNIL Committee

Target group: university students

The selection committee is made up of film students wanting to share the documentary genre with UNIL (University of Lausanne) students from other departments. They go to the festival screenings with the aim of choosing films to be shown at the Vortex during the following academic year.

As part of this selection, the committee has carte blanche to organise an encounter at the Forum between researchers and the film crew. This project was initiated in 2020 and will continue in 2021 at the Festival.

To participate or receive more information, send an email to