Documentary Films

The Bpi distributes the National Catalogue of Documentary Films to French public libraries. With 1200 titles, this catalogue allows you to borrow them to view at home and to consult them on-site, as well as public screenings in libraries.

To know more, go to the page “National Catalogue” or directly to the website by following the link on the home page.

Other than access to films, the Bpi informs you on documentary films through four accessible sections

Nature morte
Stilleben – Nature morte© Harun Farocki Filmproduktion

National Catalogue of Documentary Films

The Bpi distributes to public libraries a catalogue of around 1200 documentary films for which the rights have been acquired directly from producers, distributors or film makers.

Photo du film "Beau joueur"
©Les Prod. Balthazar

Grand Écran (Big Screen)

This section is devoted to the presentation of films to which we want to draw your attention, with only one suggestion: go and see them at the cinema..

Photo du film Les Trois soeurs du Yunnan
Les Trois soeurs du Yunnan © Albums Productions, Chinese Shadows, 2012


The section “Filmo+” offers detailed filmographies in order to accompany you in your cinema programme.

Trois livres sur le cinéma documentaire en France et dans le monde exposés à la Bpi
Photo Bpi


The section “Bibliographies” suggests reading on documentary films and monitors the news on books, reviews and websites.

Visuel sitographie
Visuel sitographie

Websites selection

Documentary cinema on the Internet. Want to watch movies? Familiarize yourself with the creative documentary? Find training in documentary cinema professions? Here is a selection …

Main et épreuves
Hidden Place© La Huit Production

Address Book

Like the Bpi, different institutional and private sector actors are devoted to the promotion of the documentary film, through training, distribution, collection of information and monitoring.

Affiche cinéma pro


Festivals are an inexhaustible source of documentary films, allowing us to gain access to the whole of world production through various competition sections, retrospectives, tributes and cinema master…