The Institut français, France Médias Monde, the International Organisation of La Francophonie (IOF) and the Sacem have joined forces in Cannes to support world cinema, cultural diversity and dialogue.
A UNIQUE VENUE
Les Cinémas du Monde pavilion is a unique venue showcasing filmmakers from Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Near and Middle East. It is located in the International Village, which is part of the Marché du Film at the Festival de Cannes.
AN EXCEPTIONAL PROGRAMME
La Fabrique Cinéma de l’Institut français features 20 directors and producers from southern and emerging countries. This year’s patron is Filipino director Brillante Mendoza, whose recent films include Ma’ Rosa (Cannes Official Selection 2016).
WORLD CINEMA IN CANNES
Many events are open to professionals who are interested in finding out about the international film market through our programmes and network. Special attention is paid to creativity and broadcasting, with:
• two conferences, one on the distribution of African films in Africa and worldwide, organized by La Cinémathèque Afrique of the Institut français, and the other on emerging African directors, run by the IOF;
• an event with the Sacem highlighting the key role of music in films, and the importance of creative work between composers and directors;
• a discussion on how video on demand (VOD) can impact distribution strategies for emerging filmmakers;
• “Adopt an audiovisual attaché”: 4 new sessions where professionals can meet attachés from different regions to better understand local issues and initiatives.
Films supported by the Aide aux cinémas du monde (Institut français/CNC), screened in all Cannes selections, will be spotlighted.
Journalists from RFI radio station will cover events from their studio based at the pavilion.
MORE FILM INITIATIVES BY THE INSTITUT FRANÇAIS
• It supports the international distribution of contemporary and historical French films. In 2017, it is holding a round table to discuss the international promotion of heritage films, including the launch of two centenary retrospectives on the work of Jean-Pierre Melville and Jean Rouch;
• professional meetings to support the 50 digital movie theatres of the French cultural network aboard;
• Shoot the book!, a programme encouraging international film adaptations of French literary works, offered by SCELF for the third year;
• French virtual reality productions will be promoted at three events held over the course of one afternoon.
A WORD FROM THE PARTNERS
"Every year in May, the Festival de Cannes presents films from around the world. The 70th edition of the festival is no different. Taking the pulse of the planet, it showcases contemporary society by telling the stories of individuals and groups through the films taking part in its different selections.
For the 9th edition of Les Cinémas du Monde pavilion, the Institut français, France Médias Monde and the International Organisation of La Francophonie have a common goal: to give young directors from emerging countries the chance to have their voices heard, at a venue that encourages discussion and dialogue, and supports French culture and international creation.
Our organisations are united in their belief in cultural diversity and different forms of expression. They have adopted an approach that encourages the use of all languages of the world and promotes francophony.
In addition to La Fabrique Cinéma de l’Institut français, we are welcoming a number of events and focus on: international coproduction with Aide aux cinémas du monde fund, new talented young filmmakers in Africa, La Cinémathèque Afrique’s unique contribution to the film heritage and support to African cinema, a programme supporting literary adaptations for cinema, and meetings with regional representatives of France’s cultural network abroad. We will also discours on the implications of digital technology for film professionals and staff at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development.
We would like to thank our partners, who make these events possible, as well as our participants and contributors, who help make world cinema such a rewarding and visible field.
We hope you enjoy the festival"
Bruno Foucher, President of the Institut français
Marie-Christine Saragosse, Chief Executive Officer of France Médias Monde
Adama Ouane, Administrator of the International Organisation of La Francophonie
A MESSAGE FROM PIERRE LESCURE
"La Fabrique Cinéma de l’Institut français
The name of Les Cinémas du Monde pavilion is revealing: world is singular and cinemas is plural. As such, this project perfectly incarnates our values, our artistic vision and our approach to living together. It is impossible not to support it. We live in one world, but share the views of many creators, who film their own truths and voices, speaking without interruption.
La Fabrique Cinéma de l’Institut français taps into these talents. In 2017, the ten participants come from Brazil, Cuba, Egypt, Kenya, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mali, Myanmar, Peru and South Africa. This geographic diversity is a promise, one in which the Festival de Cannes has always been proud to share, partly because of the need these filmmakers feel to share their realities. Like faith, which involves focusing on the essential, this need is central to the lives of all artists. The unique films that make their way to us from these far-off countries are clear evidence of this.
There are very few directors who are able to make us question or doubt our own humanity. Brillante Mendoza, an independent Filipino filmmaker renowned throughout South-East Asia, is one of them. In addition to producing 12 feature films in 10 years, he has won Best Director for Kinatay (2009) and Best Actress for Ma’ Rosa (2016) at Cannes. The 2017 patron of La Fabrique Cinéma is celebrated for his disturbing portrayals of the economic misery and moral issues prevalent in the streets of Manila. His breathless shooting style and almost documentary realism has put his innovative and radical approach to film at the forefront of international cinema.
I would like to tell this year’s patron and participants how much I admire and encourage them. They pick up cameras in order to reveal themselves to others. I do not know if art will save the world – perhaps it has already done so – but it shows that life is about more than just living."
Pierre Lescure, President of the Festival de Cannes