In 1983, 10 years after the launch of the "Coupe Icare" or ICARUS CUP, the FIRST INTERNATIONAL FREE FLIGHT AND AERIAL SPORTS FILM FESTIVAL hit the screens.
Today, “the ICARES of CINEMA” attracts an audience of nearly 20,000 people and has become a key venue for film and video professionals as well as free-flight enthusiasts.
The Festival brings together cinematic productions (short, medium and full-length features) dealing with air, flight, wind and all aerial sports : paragliding, hang gliding, sky diving, hot-air balloon, sailplane, elastic jump, base jump, kite, boomerang.... Motorized aerial sports are limited to paramotor, ultra-light hang-gliding and paragliding, model aircraft and aerobatics. Films concerning the bird flight are also accepted.
Every year the Festival receives from 60 to 80 amateur and professional productions from all over the world.
A selection of 25 to 30 films is then submitted to the festival jury, composed of film and video professionals (programme producers, film directors, etc.) and free flight specialists.
TIMETABLE OF PROJECTIONS
- Official sessions: Thursday and Friday at 7:30 pm.
- Saturday evening : Gala evening - Announcement of the winners and prize-giving ceremony and projection of the prized films.
During the day, there are non-stop projections of selected films.
All projections will be held under the Festival marquee set up at the South Launch.
« Mornings OFF » presents films that should not be overlooked neither by pilots nor the general public due to a true life experience well recounted, or to an interesting slant on free flight, or simply for precious footage.
The two sessions occur : Friday morning and Saturday morning.
The Film Festival rules and regulations are available in pdf format.
The 42nd Coupe Icare will take place from 17th to 20th September 2015.
A new meeting place « La terrasse d'Henri Fabre »
A little tent, baptized in honour of Henri Fabre, local inventor of the hydroplane, will be located close to the Film Festival.
This is the Filmmakers Café, where films are sold and photos displayed… namely images of the life of Henri Fabre, a passionate enthusiast and supporter of the first Coupes Icare.
Live television coverage of the Coupe Icare, …watch each evening on the big screen and via internet you can watch the event as it happens!
Access to Dioux
A St Hilaire, access to the parking-camping zone of « des Dioux », near the South Launch, will be closed on Friday as of 20:00 (8 pm) and will reopen on Saturday and Sunday between 8:30 and 10:30 am. This area is reserved for pilots in need of tranquillity. It is under surveillance every night in order to insure peace and quiet.