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Cannes Directors' Fortnight selector to visit in February

Benjamin Illos, a member of the Selection Committee for Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes, will visit Australia in late February as a guest of Screen Australia.

These Final Hours

He will be here to view new Australian feature films for potential pre-selection for the festival in May.

Every year the Directors’ Fortnight programs a selection of films from around the world for screening during the Cannes Film Festival.

Created by the SRF (French Directors’ Society) in 1969, the Directors’ Fortnight is about highlighting new talent in world cinema and the directors of tomorrow. It supports talented filmmakers whose work has not been shown in the major international festivals. The program runs alongside the Cannes Official Selection.

In 2014 Australian feature film These Final Hours had its international premiere at the festival and in past years other films invited to participate include short film Cicada (2009) and features Jindabyne (2006) and Wolf Creek (2005).

Directors’ Fortnight requires that films be made in the 12 months preceding the festival and not screened outside Australia at any international festival or film event, except an international market screening. 

Filmmakers with eligible feature films should contact Dale Fairbairn,  call + 61 2 8113 5980 or toll free 1800 213 099.

Submission deadline is Wednesday 21 February 2017.

Note: Selection for Cannes Film Festival (Competition, Out of competition, Un Certain Regard) and the Critics’ Week are separate to Cannes Directors’ Fortnight.