Wednesday, April 09, 2014

2014 Cinéfondation News - Update

Update with the 2014 Livre of Projects at post bottom. Enjoy!

Created in 1998 and devoted to the search for new talent, the Cinéfondation selects fifteen to twenty short and medium-length films each year from film schools all over the world. The Cinéfondation selection forms part of the Official Selection and the selected films are presented to the Cinéfondation and Shorts Jury which awards a prize to the best three at an official ceremony.

As we know the Cinéfondation and Shorts Jury President is none other than Abbas Kiarostami supported by directors Noémie Lvovsky (France), Daniela Thomas (Brazil), Mahamat-Saleh Haroun (Chad), and Joachim Trier(Norway). I expect the selection to be announced as part of the official selection.

La Résidence

The Residence offers its laureates the opportunity of devoting themselves to the writing of their feature films in a privileged setting in the heart of Paris. Over the four and a half months of their stay at the Residence, every filmmaker is accompanied in the development of his or her script, and advised in the transition to production.

This year the 28th Session began on March 3 and will end on July 15 and these are the participants.

Caetano Gotardo, Brazil
At the Résidence, he is developing the project Todos os mortos, which will be directed in collaboration with Marco Dutra, the story of the decline of a family at the beginning of the 20th Century in São Paulo, narrated from the point of view of its three women.

Gudmundur Gudmudsson, Iceland
Gudmundur is developing his first feature film Hearstone. The film is set in the beautiful but harsh nature of Iceland and tells a story of strong friendship between two young boys growing up in a fishing village. Thor is in love with a girl in the village and his best friend Christian helps him win her heart over, but in the process finds himself falling for Thor.

Sam Holst, Australia
While in residence at the Cinéfondation Holst will develop original feature screenplay Last Autumn: In the final months of 1999, when his wife falls ill and must move to hospital for treatment a father is left to care for his two young sons by himself.

Marcelo Marinessi, Paraguay
He is currently developing his first feature film set in Asunción, based on the experiences of a 60 year old woman as she is forced to abandon the comfort of her petit bourgeois existence.

Marcela Saïd, Chile
Her new film project, Small Talk, participated in the Sundance Institute Screenwriters Lab this past January. Small Talk is a film about a married woman, a silent victim of psychological violence, who starts a strange relationship with a riding instructor and former colonel with a suspicious and dark past.

Katarina Stankovic, Serbia
Katarina is currently developing her first feature film Against The Day based on true events from recent Serbian history where parallel worlds and times intersect.

The Opening Shot Prize is attributed every year to the best script of the last two sessions and it is awarded to the French partner of the film project.


In 2005, the Festival gave the Cinéfondation the task of organizing L'Atelier, a new step in its action to promote the creation of new works. Each year, L'Atelier selects about fifteen feature length projects from around the world, and invites their directors to the Festival de Cannes in order to put them in contact with film professionals.

The filmmakers are selected according to the quality of their project and that of their previous films, as well as on the state of progress of their finance plan. The program will enable them to gain access to international financing and speed up the production process.

This year selection includes the following projects.

A Yellow Bird, K. Rajagopal, Singapore and France
Aliyushka, Adilkhan Yerzhanov, Netherlands, Kazakhstan and France
Ce Sentiment de l'ete, Mikhael Hers, France and Germany
Dogs, Bogdan Mirica, Romania and France
In The Shade of The Trees, Matias Rojas Valencia, Chile
Invisible, Pablo Giorgelli, Argentine and France
Oil On Water, Newton Aduaka, Nigeria and France
Ruta Salvatge, Marc Recha, Spain and France
Saudade, Antonio Mendez Esparza, Brazil, Spain and France
Tabija, Igor Drljaca, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Territoria, Nora Martirosyan, Armenia and France
The Darkness, Daniel Castro Zimbron, Mexico
To All Naked Men, Bassam Chekhes, Turkey and France
Ville-Marie, Guy Edoin, Canada
White Sun, Deepak Rauniyar, Nepal, Netherlands and USA

To read information about each project go here.

Here is the Book of Projects for 2014.

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