Each year, Visions du Réel welcomes a prominent figure as its Guest of Honour. This invitation involves a retrospective and/or carte blanche, as well as a masterclass open to the public.

Werner Herzog, Claire Denis, Peter Greenaway, Marco Bellocchio, Alain Cavalier, Lucrecia Martel and Emmanuel Carrère are just some of the names on the Festival’s list of prestigious Guests of Honour. All of them have significantly contributed to broadening the scope of filmmaking within the Festival.