EDITO DE IRIS KNOBLOCH
President of the Festival de Cannes
La Fabrique Cinéma is a glowing teenager. It is currently celebrating its 15th birthday. And yet, in the most beautiful of paradoxes, it has set itself the mission of never growing old, of always being the bearer of vitality and the breath of youth! The programme seeks to be the eternal driving force behind projects by emerging filmmakers, continuing to encourage filmmaking from emerging countries through the energy of beginnings.
This year's selection brings together 10 first or second feature films by 5 female and 5 male directors - from Nigeria, Senegal, Tunisia, Lebanon, Egypt, Argentina, Chile, Costa Rica, India and the Philippines. And what better patron than Dora Bouchoucha to accompany them? The Tunisian producer has dedicated her career to the creation of film development programmes, such as Nomadis Images, L'Atelier des projets and La Résidence Sud écriture, all of which help to encourage the vitality of African cinema.
Staying young, not getting locked into the certainties of experience and always searching to contribute to the eternal freshness of cinema are also the aspirations of the Cannes Film Festival, which celebrates its 76th edition this year! In pursuit of the future of creativity, in an unbroken lineage from the past to the present, the Cannes Film Festival has recently launched the Cinéma de Demain, which brings together all its actions carried out over the years to support the emergence and discovery of new cinematographic talents. The La Cinef Short Films Competition, the Résidence, the Short Film Corner | Rendez-vous Industry and the Trois Jours à Cannes, aimed at developing cinephilia among 18-28 year olds, are thus gathered under the same banner to conquer screens in years to come.
It is a joy once again this year to see the results of the ongoing and fruitful dialogue between the Fabrique Cinéma and the Cannes Film Festival, with director Kaouther Ben Hania, a 2015 Fabrique participant, now entering the Competition following his selection at Un Certain Regard in 2017! The 7th Art stirs, irrigates and fertilises the imagination.
Happy 15th anniversary to La Fabrique Cinéma and long live the regenerating gaze of our auteurs and the uninterrupted movement of their images!
The International Organisation of La Francophonie (OIF)
The International Organisation of La Francophonie (OIF) has 55 member-States and Governments. Since its creation in 1970, it develops cooperation programmes in numerous fields, among which French language and cultural diversity. The OIF supports cinema and audio-visual production since 1990 through the “Fonds Image de la Francophonie” film fund, devoted to French-speaking countries of the global South (1,4 m€ in 2022). In 2020, the OIF started the Clap ACP Programme, with the financial contribution of the European Union and the support of the Organization of ACP States (Africa, Caribbean, Pacific): Clap ACP is a partnership with 5 African funds - the Fonsic of Côte d’Ivoire, the Rwanda Film Office, the National Film Authority of Ghana, DocumentaryAfrica (DocA) from Kenya and dedicated to documentary works, and the Rencontres du Film Court (RFC, for short films) from Madagascar - designed to foster South-South co-productions, by stronger financial grants on one side and also artistic, legal and commercial consultancy. Clap ACP includes OuiCoprod.org, a platform that will help ACP producers to find financial & distribution partners for their films and series. In 2021, the OIF launched a new fund, comanaged with TV5MONDE, to finance films & series that will show on the TV5MONDEPlus worldwide free-streaming platform (with a total amount of 500 to 700 000€ per year. provided by the governments of Canada, France, Quebec and Switzerland).
France Médias Monde at the 76th Cannes Film Festival
The France Médias Monde group’s three media outlets – RFI, France 24 and Monte Carlo Doualiya – are in Cannes, as every year, to bring the world’s greatest film festival to their hundreds of millions of listeners, viewers and browsers on every continent.
France Médias Monde’s three outlets are broadcasting television, radio and online specials every day – in English, French, Arabic, Chinese, Fula, Haitian Creole, Spanish, Hausa, Khmer, Kiswahili, Mandinka, Persian, Portuguese, Brazilian Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Ukrainian and Vietnamese – capturing and conveying filmmakers’ creative universes and their perspectives on the world.
In news programmes and online channels, the special correspondents are covering the Festival’s highlights every day in their columns, reports and live broadcasts. France Médias Monde’s well-known cultural magazines – Tous les cinémas du monde(RFI in French), À l’affiche ! (France 24 in French), Encore! (France 24 in English), Carrusel de las Artes (RFI and France 24 in Spanish), Culture (France 24 in Arabic) and Voyage Culturel (Monte Carlo Doualiya) – are live from Cannes throughout the Festival.
Throughout the year, the three outlets cover the full filmmaking spectrum for the world, with a particular focus on French and French-language movies, and attend the seventh art’s main gatherings on every continent.
France Médias Monde is a longstanding partner of the Institut Français’ La Fabrique Cinéma, and RFI a partner of the Directors’ Fortnight and of La Semaine de la Critique.
France Médias Monde, the group in charge of French international broadcasting, comprises the news channels France 24 (in French, English, Arabic and Spanish), the international radio station RFI (in French and 16 other languages) and the Arabic-language radio station Monte Carlo Doualiya. France Médias Monde broadcasts to the world in 21 languages. Its journalists and correspondents offer viewers, listeners and Internet users comprehensive coverage of world events, with a focus on cultural diversity and contrasting viewpoints via news bulletins, reports, magazines and debates. 66 nationalities are represented among the group’s employees.
Every week, RFI, France 24 and Monte Carlo Doualiya attract 260 million contacts. Those outlets have a combined 100 million followers on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram and rose to 3.4 billion views and streams in 2022. France Médias Monde is the parent company of CFI, the French media cooperation agency and also a shareholder of the French-language general interest TV channel TV5MONDE.