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Institut Français Program in Cannes


Pavilion no. 109, International village (by the Plage du Majestic) — Riviera
May 14th to 25th, 2019



THE UNKNOWN SAINT, by director Alaa Eddine Aljem and producer Francesca Duca (La Fabrique Cinéma 2016 / Critics’ Week 2019). © Le Moindre Geste / Altamar Films


The Pavilion and its emblematic programme, La Fabrique Cinema, showcase films from around the world —  helping films that receive little support, that deal with complex issues and which are sometimes censored in their home countries. They strive to defend the values of cultural diversity on screens around the world.


Mira Nair will be the 2019 patron of La Fabrique Cinéma de l’Institut français!

Mira Nair, director and producer, works on both documentaries and fiction, and feels just as at home in independent cinema as she does in the enigmatic world of Hollywood. In 1988, she became the first Indian filmmaker to take home a Camera d’Or. She also directed the first Disney film entirely shot on African soil. Since 2004, through the Maisha Film Lab, she has been using her experience to help emerging filmmakers from around the world. For all of these reasons, La Fabrique Cinéma de l’Institut français is pleased to welcome Mira Nair, a prolific and socially conscious filmmaker, as the 2019 patron.


Les Cinémas du Monde Pavilion, an initiative by the Institut français in partnership with France Médias Monde, the Sacem and the International Organisation of la Francophonie, reflects a drive towards a common goal, which is to bring people together in support of cultural diversity and different languages and forms of expression. It promotes French and international cultural and creative industries. The emblematic programme of this pavilion, La Fabrique Cinéma de l’Institut français, helps young directors from emerging countries to express and develop their creativity, by providing them with a place for discussion and to meet people, and supporting them in the development of their writing, production and direction projects.





17:00-18:30 : International co-production in French regions


French regions are more and more sup- porting their local producers by including world cinema in their programmes and facilities. A presentation of the regional development funds and international co-production of feature-length films, with representatives from Regions Sud, Nouvelle Aquitaine and Centre.



17:00-18:30 : VOD platforms: opportunities to broadcast French films internationally


A vast number of independant VOD platforms are popping up worldwide, to compete with the market leaders. How can we ensure the presence and visibility of French films on these VOD services? What role can the French cultural network play on key markets, both in terms of events and non-commercial operations, and the sale of content?



16:00-18:00 : OIF conference with Rithy Panh, Mati Diop and Alaa Eddine Aljem


Spotlight on the Fonds Image de la Francophonie with Rithy Panh, President of the Commission Cinéma-Fiction: ten-year overview and new positioning. Meeting with two winners of the fund: Mati Diop (in Official Competition) and Alaa Eddine Aljem (which project is presented at the Critics’ Week this year, after a participation in La Fabrique in 2016).




11:00-13:00 : Sacem cinema and music masterclass by Marc Marder


Music — a supporting role in film — will be the theme of the discussion. Take part in the Sacem masterclass with composer Marc Marder, winner of the Prix France Musique-Sacem in 2014 for the original soundtrack to the film The Missing Picture by Rithy Pahn.




14:30-15:30 : Boosting the international visibility of young French filmmakers


The Institut français, in conjunction with the festival Premiers Plans, the ACID, and the Agence du court métrage, acquires non-commercial rights for a number of first films, helping promote them around the world. It helps films reach a larger audience than the regular distribution methods.




15:30-17:00 : Programmers of Colour Collective - POC2


Comprising programmers who are people of colour, the collective advocates for greater inclusivity at international festivals. Launched at Sundance in 2019, the collective, which brings together more than 150 members on 5 continents, will lead a discussion on the significance of a programming pool that is more representative of the world in all its diversity within international festivals. Moderated by Themba Bhebhe.




17:00-18:30 : VR - VR: choosing the right economic model for international distribution


How to promote and market French VR in international programmes, thereby helping to build a viable and virtuous economic model? Discussion on industry challenges with French VR industry experts and audiovisual attachés based on concrete projects implemented by the cultural and diplomatic network.




09:15-11:15 : Rendez-vous with the audiovisual attachés network


Meet the regional experts from France’s cultural network abroad and learn more about France’s audiovisual international initiatives and its opportunities on distribution and cultural diversity, local markets, cultural and creative industries, and cooperation in the media field.




10:00-11:30 : Training producers in international co-production


Training producers is a major challenge for Southern and emerging countries. Those who have overcome this challenge in recent years will pre- sent their programmes. EAVE, ACE Producers, Produire aux Sud and La Fémis (tbc) will link up with new initiatives in Africa such as Creative Producers Indaba and the Ouaga Film Lab Producers Lab.




18:00-20:00 : The African Film Library rendez-vous


Programs, news and projects of the African Film Library.





17:00 - 18:00 • Stand MEDIA / European film festivals: sharing the love for films with global audiences


Case study: the European project “Support to the European film festivals”, initiated by the European Commission and implemented by Goethe-Institut, Institut français and Cineuropa aims to give a better access to European cinema outside Europe.




15:00-17:00 • Adosom Windsor / Shoot the Book! Masterclass : funding for adaptations, by Linda Beath


The process of financing a film, from development to production, distribution in cinemas and commu- nication, how do producers cover the expenses of developing a film, from the moment they acquire the book rights to the writing of the screenplay?

With EAVE, the leading European network of audiovisual producers.




10:30-12:30 • Palais des Festivals, Salon des Ambassadeurs / Shoot the Book! Pitches


8 French editors, 1 Norwegian and 2 Canadians pre- sent pitches of books with a chance of being adapted for cinema, selected by an international jury. Just like last year, Shoot the Book! will welcome editors from the Frankfurt Book Fair Guest of Honour countries.




15:00-18:00 • Palais des Festivals, Salon des Ambassadeurs / Shoot the Book! Rendez-vous


40 editors (20 from France and 20 from other countries) will be present for the first Shoot the Book! event. Rendez-Vous, a series of professional meetings with international producers.

With the SCELF, the Marché du Film, the Festival de Cannes and the Frankfurt Book Fair.


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