LaCinetek is a VOD (video on demand) website dedicated to the greatest films of the twentieth century. The films available are chosen and presented by directors from all over the world. Each director associated with LaCinetek has composed the list of his or her fifty most beloved films: their ideal film library. It is the addition of all of these lists that constitutes our catalogue, which grows every month thanks to new acquisitions and to the list of a new affiliated director. The goal of LaCinetek is to render films accessible online that would not otherwise be visible and to impart our passion for cinema. Currently, over 1000 key films of the twentieth century are available, including more than 250 films previously unreleased as Video On Demand. Access to the website is free of charge. You can visit it for as long as you like, explore the list of films from the affiliated directors, watch their exclusive or “archive” bonuses free of charge, or discover the top rankings from the lists, meaning the films or directors that were the most often cited by their colleagues. Only the rental or purchase of a film are payable.

LaCinetek is available on computers (Mac or PC), mobile phones, and tablets. The website is compatible with Chromecast so that you can enjoy your films on the big screen. Our catalogue is also accessible from the Freebox for Free subscribers; only the subscription deal ("The Monthly Selection") is not available from the Freebox shop.

Our deals
There are several ways to enjoy LaCinetek, whether you prefer to rent a single film at a time or enjoy a monthly thematic selection of 10 films chosen by us; whether you prefer to pay by credit card or virtual CinéPass.

Individual selection

from 2,99 €

You choose the film that you’d like to watch and pay per unit.

Either rent: you have 30 days to start or download your film, then 48 hrs to watch it or watch it again once the first launch or download has been performed.

Or purchase: you can watch your film as many times as you like. It is accessible in the “My Purchases” tab of LaCinetek and can either be watched via streaming directly on the website or via our downloadable player.


from 10 €

The CinéPass enables you to facilitate your purchases on LaCinetek, without having to reach for your credit card for each payment.

You choose your desired amount of € 10, € 20 or € 50 which will be directly credited to your account and available for consultation in the “My CinéPass” tab. Until your credit is exhausted, you can pay with your Cinépass, by simply entering your password.

The CinéPass is also an ideal gift for introducing LaCinetek to your friends and family!

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The monthly selection

from 2,99 €

Let us guide you: every month, LaCinetek’s team chooses 10 films for you, based on a thematic selection we’ve come up with. This is the easiest option for tracking down the greatest films of the twentieth century, reliving your Proust’s madeleine moment, finally seeing that masterpiece you’ve been dreaming of for years, or discovering a film that was perfectly unknown to you up until now…

Individual hire also naturally remains possible to complement your subscription.

2,99 €
Per month (non-binding)

Our thematic selection of 10 films is automatically renewed each 10th of the month (tacit renewal). You can cancel your subscription at any time, with no penalty fees.

30 €
For 12 months

You pay a one-off sum and enjoy a one-year subscription, with 2 months free of charge.

59 €
For 12 months + 12 VOD films

You pay a one-off sum and enjoy a one-year subscription plus 12 individual films, which you can select yourself from our full catalogue of available films, valid for a year as of your subscription date. No tacit renewal: it is up to you to re-subscribe after one year, should you choose to.

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Our story

LaCinetek was a dream – a dream of filmmakers and cinephiles.

This dream began on a Parisian pavement in 2013.

As they left a meeting of the Société des Réalisateurs de Films where Alain Rocca, the president of UniversCiné (the first VoD platform of auteur films) was invited to speak about cinema and Video on Demand, three directors, Pascale Ferran, Cédric Klapisch and Laurent Cantet, started talking to him about the lack of a legal platform available on the internet for “heritage” films.

Evoking their difficulty of seeing or rediscovering the most important films in the history of cinema and the lack of transmission and exposure of these films on television channels, they started to dream about a site that would be dedicated to these films alone.

Alain Rocca then spoke of the project that UniversCiné had had for several years of launching a label devoted to the major classics. While they perfectly mastered the technical aspect, they still hadn’t managed to constitute the editorial leadership for this department: who would choose the films?

A few minutes later, the foundations of the project were laid: why not create a VoD site together that would be dedicated to 20th century cinema, where the films would be chosen and presented by directors from across the globe?

In the following weeks, the project was honed. The three directors would be in charge of contacting the filmmakers who would select and present the films, and they would come up with the cinephilic content of the site, while UniversCiné would handle the technical organisation of the service and its deployment on the internet. Everyone would work together on the co-publication of the platform.

The dream had become a project that would actually be realised.

This is what the LaCinetek team brought to fruition.

LaCinetek was created by the association "La Cinémathèque des Réalisateurs"

“La Cinémathèque des Réalisateurs” is an association governed by the law of 1901, created in 2014 by the SRF (Société des Réalisateurs de Films) and LMC/UniversCiné.

From the outset, there was a desire to open up the association as widely as possible to other organisations and other directors. This was how ARTE, the INA (Institut National de l’Audiovisuel) and the Cinémathèque de Toulouse soon joined the association, followed, to date, by Lobster Films, Gaumont, StudioCanal, La Cinémathèque Française, the Centre national d’art et de culture Georges Pompidou, along with Olivier Assayas and Bertrand Bonello in their own names and Michel Hazanavicius for the ARP.

The legal vocation of the association, currently presided by Pascale Ferran, is “the dissemination of cinematographic heritage through the creation and maintenance of a Video on Demand reference website dedicated to the major films of the twentieth century, selected and presented by filmmakers worldwide: LaCinetek.” It is open to any organisation that shares its ambition and wishes to support the development of the service.

At its inception, it received considerable financial support from the CNC and the Région Ile de France which enabled the platform to be launched. Since October 2017, it was also supported by the Media programme of the European Commission.

Enlisting directors: the key to the discovery of major films

LaCinetek relies on the participation and involvement of affiliated directors who develop the lists of films that form the catalogue and who participate in the creation of bonuses.

65 directors to date are associated with LaCinetek.

These directors are:

Maren Ade, Olivier Assayas, Jacques Audiard, Nabil Ayouch, Bertrand Blier, Bertrand Bonello, Bong Joon-ho, Robin Campillo, Laurent Cantet, Leos Carax, Alain Chabat, Catherine Corsini, Costa-Gavras, Luc Dardenne, Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Raymond Depardon, Arnaud Desplechin, Jacques Doillon, Atom Egoyan, Pascale Ferran, William Friedkin, Christophe Gans, Miguel Gomes, Yann Gonzalez, James Gray, Robert Guédiguian, José Luis Guerín, Alain Guiraudie, Mahamet-Saleh Haroun, Todd Haynes, Michel Hazanavicius, Christoph Hochhäusler, Agnès Jaoui, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Aki Kaurismäki, Lodge Kerrigan, Cédric Klapisch, Hirokazu Kore-Eda, Gérard Krawczyk, Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Nadav Lapid, Claude Lelouch, Noémie Lvovsky, Patricia Mazuy, Luc Moullet, Cristian Mungiu, François Ozon, Christian Petzold, Park Chan-wook, Nicolas Philibert, Bruno Podalydès, Lynne Ramsay, João Pedro Rodrigues, Christian Rouaud, Ira Sachs, Pierre Salvadori, Marjane Satrapi, Jerry Schatzberg, Céline Sciamma, Bertrand Tavernier, Joachim Trier, Agnès Varda, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Wim Wenders, John Woo

Each month a new filmmaker will be invited to join these affiliated directors.

The recruitment of directors, enhanced by possibilities fuelled by their cinephilia, is the key to the discovery or rediscovery of the films. It is our response to the commercial propositions, based on the algorithm of recommendations, which is at work today.

Short films, called “bonuses”, created by the affiliated directors, will provide exclusive content for certain films in the catalogue. They will present a cinephile’s perspective, to initiate or extend the discovery of cinematographic works.

The rules of the game

LaCinetek is based on the following rules of play: :

1. 1. The film catalogue available on the website is exclusively constituted by films chosen by directors worldwide.

2. 2. Each director who accepts to join LaCinetek (known as the “affiliated director”) must compose a list of around fifty films, on the basis of his or her “ideal film collection” (the films “kept by the bedside”, the works that have helped shape them or that have had a particularly major impact on their own work).

3. 3. These films must originate from global film production from the early days of cinema up to and including the year 2000 (short or feature films, fiction, animation, documentary, experimental films, and so on). However, affiliated directors cannot chose a film that they themselves have directed, their films can of course be selected by others.

4. 4. It is the sum total of these lists that constitutes the catalogue of films presented by the website, and some of the films may have been chosen by several people.

5. 5. The personal list of each director will be shown on the website, in the order freely chosen by the latter. It may be in order of preference, chronological order, alphabetical order (by title or by director), or not have any order (that is, a personal listing only understood by its author).

6. 6. Directors may, if they so desire, join to their lists a short text explaining all or part of the reasons governing their choices.

7. 7. In the event that the rights of a film selected cannot be acquired, the film will nonetheless appear in the list, with a mention stipulating its status (such as “acquisition pending”, “rights currently inaccessible”, “film unobtainable”, “film pending restoration”, or “available soon”).

8. 8. The list from a new affiliated director will be posted on the website at least once a month and will be showcased on the homepage of LaCinetek.

9. 9. We will appeal to the users of the website to assist us, either by providing information regarding the rights of certain “unobtainable” films, or by notifying us of the existence of “archive” bonuses that they may know of or would like to see featured on the website.


Jean-Baptiste Viaud - Délégué général

Alexandra Arnal - Responsable marketing & communication

Alexandre Blain - Servicing & Webmaster

Léa Chesneau - Responsable éditorial

Sarah Janin - Business Affairs

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