The Cinéfondation was created to inspire and support the next generation of filmmakers: besides selecting short films from film schools all over the world and presenting them at the Cannes Film Festival, the Cinéfondation has developed complementary programmes to help achieve its goal – to inspire and support the next generation of international filmmakers. Let’s meet the Résidence programme and the Atelier!


Every year, a dozen young directors working on their first or second feature film move to the heart of Paris – that is what the Résidence is all about. To ease their life to the maximum, a monthly 800 euro grant is given to them, and they can access a large number of Paris cinemas as well. There are two sessions a year, each lasting four and a half months (from October 1st to mid February, and from the end of February to mid July) – the next open Résidence programme starts on 1st October 2012 and lasts till February 2013. The application for the Résidence is still open until 6th April – go and apply now!

The Résidence programme also contains two festival invitations – film projects are presented in a booklet distributed through the framework of the Locarno and the Rotterdam Film Festivals, and participants visit the Cannes International Film Festival where they meet each other and other industry people. At the end of the Résidence programme, the best screenplay is awarded the Opening Shot Prize of 20 000 euros, presented by the Groupama Gan Foundation for Cinema.

Since its creation in 2000, the Résidence has welcomed more than seventy filmmakers from more than forty different countries.

Over the years, directors like Rebecca Daly (with her project The Other Side of Sleep), Adrian Sitaru (with his project For Love with Best Intentions) Alexis Dos Santos (with his project Unmade Beds) and Kornél Mundruczó (with his project Delta) have enjoyed the hospitality of the Résidence programme.

Festival de Cannes – Cinéfondation
3, rue Amélie – 75007 Paris – France
Tel: 33 (0) 1 53 59 61 20


Since 2005, L’Atelier has also been about the next big thing: the creators of fifteen feature length projects from all around the world are invited to the framework of the Cannes Film Festival, where they can meet everyone who matters in the film industry.

L’Atelier has no call for applications and no application forms – the Cinéfondation is responsible for selecting the projects according to the quality of their creators’ present project and that of their previous films, as well as based on the state of progress of their finance plan.

Among many very important things, L’Atelier issues a Livre des Projets (Project Brochure) in order to promote the film projects and the directors, and more importantly, organises appointments with producers, distributors and grant distribution managers in the L’Atelier pavilion during the Cannes Film Festival. Directors like Catalin Mitulescu (with project A Heart Shaped Balloon / Loverboy), Ming-Li-ang Tsai (with project Salome), Apichatpong Weerasethakul (with project Utopia), and Benedek Fliegauf (with project Womb) have been part of L’Atelier in recent years.

The Atelier Contact: tel: 33 (0) 1 53 59 61 26