LA FABRIQUE CINÉMA DE L'INSTITUT FRANÇAIS, A TAILORED PROGRAM FOR TALENTED YOUNG DIRECTORS FROM EMERGING COUNTRIES
La Fabrique Cinéma de l'Institut français is a tailored program helping talented young directors from emerging countries increase their international exposure. Each year, this program, developed by the Institut français, in partnership with France Médias Monde – RFI, France 24, Monte Carlo Doualiya –, the International Organisation of La Fancophonie and the Sacem, invites ten directors working on their first or second feature films to attend the Festival de Cannes along with their producers.
Thanks to this program, young directors and producers benefit from personalized support adapted to their project and professional experience. After being selected for the program in March, they receive guidance from a personal coach who helps identify their needs (co-production, distribution, sales etc.) and schedule meetings with professionals who might be interested in co-financing their project.
IMPROVING MARKET POSITION AND DEVELOPING A PROFESSIONAL NETWORK
Directors attend pitching workshops and professional events connected to production and the film market (the role of international sales agents, co-production opportunities, co-production forums and markets, etc.). They also meet key players of the international film industry.
EXPERIENCING FIRST-HAND THE WORLD’S LARGEST INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
During work sessions, directors have the opportunity to discuss their project with the program’s patron, an internationally renowned director. In addition, they have direct access to the festival’s different competitive selections (official selection, La Semaine de la Critique, La Quinzaine des Réalisateurs, ACID, Cinéfondation) and major professional events and receive accreditation for the Marché du Film (Producers Network…). They also meet the French and international press accompanied by our press officer.
PARTNERSHIPS WITH FESTIVALS, LABS AND RESIDENCIES
For many years, La Fabrique Cinéma de l’Institut français has collaborated to initiatives that support projects in development:
Atelier Grand Nord, French-speaking script residency, by SODEC (Quebec),
Réunion Tout en Auteur, French-speaking script residency, by Agence Film Réunion,
Realness, Pan-African screenwriters’ residency, based in South Africa, by Urucu Media,
Ouaga Film Lab, coproduction platform and workshop for West Africa, by Génération Films,
Méditalents, script residency for Mediterranean directors
Fidadoc, script residency for Pan-African documentaries
A special attention is given to French-language projects from Africa.
KEY FIGURES 2018
91 projects of 1st or 2nd long feature films
167 directors and producers coming from 61 countries, including 23 francophone countries
Since 2012, 70% of the projects have signed coproduction agreements and 40% of the projects have already been shot and selected in great festivals or released in theatres
In 2018, 2 films have been selected at the Festival de Cannes
• Un Certain Regard : Rafiki by Wanuri Kahiu (Kenya) – La Fabrique 2013
• Un Certain Regard : My Favourite Fabric by Gaya Jiji (Syria) – La Fabrique 2014
The films that have been recently selected in festivals include:
• Beauty and the Dogs by Kaouther Ben Hania (Tunisia, La Fabrique 2015), Un Certain Regard 2017
• La Familia by Gustavo R. Cordoba (Venezuela, La Fabrique 2014), La Semaine de la Critique 2017
• The Road to Mandalay by Midi Z. (Myanmar-Taiwan, La Fabrique 2012), Venice Days’ section, Venice Mostra 2016
• The Wound by John Tengrove (South Africa, La Fabrique 2014), Panorama section, Berlinale 2016
• Kill me Please by Anita Rocha da Silveira (Brazil, La Fabrique 2012), Orrizonti section, Venice Mostra 2015
• La Sirène de Faso Fani by Michel K. Zongo (Burkina Faso, La Fabrique 2013), Forum section, Berlinale 2014
14 directors have been granted by the Aide aux cinémas du monde fund since its inception in 2012:
• Fataria, arab summit by Walid Tayaa (Tunisia), 2012
• Flapping in the middle of nowhere by Hoang Diep Nguyen (Vietnam), 2012.
• The Siren of Faso Fani by Michel K. Zongo (Burkina Faso), 2013
• True Love Story by Gitanjali Rao (India), 2013
• Memory Exercises by Paz Encina (Paraguay), 2013.
• Rey by Niles Attalah (Chili), 2014
• Jambula Tree by Wanuri Kahiu (Kenya), 2014
• My favourite tissue by Gayaneh Jji (Syria), 2015
• The Road to Mandalay by Midi Z. (Burma), 2015
• The Mercy of the Jungle by Joel Karekezi (Rwanda), 2015
• Beauty and the Dogs by Kaouther Ben Hania (Tunisia), 2016
• The Fever by Maya Da-rin (Brazil), 2016
• Amal by Mohamed Siam (Egypt), 2016
• Saint Unknown by Alaa Eddine Aljem (Morroco), 2017
The team of coordinators of La Fabrique Cinéma de l'Institut français is composed by professionals who aim to identify each project's needs and coordinate individual appointments accordingly. These professionals will advise the directors and producers on the preparation of the appointments and will establish the concrete planning of the various meetings that will be held at the upcoming Festival de Cannes.
In 2018, the directors and producers have participated in :
▶ 3 working sessions with director Cristian Mungiu, patron of La Fabrique Cinéma 2018
▶ 1 masterclass from with Amine Bouhafa, film music composer
▶ 2 workshops on pitching and coproduction
▶ 10 group meetings with the key players of the industry
▶ 2 professional lunches with international sales agents, heads of coproduction markets, festivals and international funds
▶ 200 one to one meetings with French, European and international producers and professionals