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Twenty years on, the Cannes Festival’s Gilles Jacob remains an ardent believer in the Cinéfondation’s virtue to discover and foster new filmmaking talent

He was president of the Cannes Festival for four decades, and launched Un Certain Regard, in addition to Cinéfondation

So I got curious about Cinéfondation, an incubator created within the Cannes Festival's ecosystem to lend certain filmmakers a helping hand, whether that's advice, a network, or funds. It's been two decades since its inception and I needed to situate this program within the festival's many other endeavors. Gilles Jacob, former president of the Cannes Festival, created Cinéfondation in 1998, over ... more >

CANNES FESTIVAL, the Cinéfondation “Atelier” is a rite of passage that aims to help student directors get finishing funds

Featured director: Pakistan's Parveen Bilal

The Cannes Festival selection is augmented, each year, with a spate of student movies by young filmmakers sending their unfinished projects from around the world in the hope of finding a sensitive ear and a receptive heart. With deep pockets, preferably. L’Atelier (“workshop” in the French original) is a way for students in search of finishing funds to come to Cannes, pitch their project, meet ... more >

CANNES – KIAROSTAMI ANNOUNCES CINEFONDATION WINNERS

"The bigger picture" given joint third prize
Cinefondation acknowledges finished student films
Program was created by Gilles Jacob

(FROM THE OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE) The Cinéfondation and Short Films Jury headed by Abbas Kiarostami and including Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, Noémie Lvovsky, Daniela Thomas and Joachim Trier, has awarded the 2014 Cinéfondation Prizes during a ceremony held in the Buñuel Theatre, followed by the screening of the winning films. The Cinéfondation Selection consisted of sixteen student films, chosen out ... more >