For 28 years, the American Pavilion has been the epicenter for American hospitality and communication at the Cannes International Film Festival. AmPav brings together a variety of professional and emerging filmmakers, as well as industry executives, to meet in a comfortable, relaxing environment. It not only provides information and amenities for members and guests, it also features the Roger Ebert Conference Series, which offers “insightful and provocative panel discussions and in-conversations with filmmakers, talent, and top leaders.” However, it also boasts an Emerging Filmmakers Showcase that aims to highlight short documentary and narrative films from young filmmakers from around the globe.
Today, the American Pavilion announced the line-up for its 19th annual Emerging Filmmaker Showcase, which features 23 films from young up-and-coming filmmakers. The films in question focus on diverse array of topics, some of which include the United States’ occupation of Iraq, the 2014 U.S. immigration crisis, and the extensive history of the New Orleans Sazerac. The line-up features thirteen films directed by women, more than ever before, and for the second year in a row it will have a special section to highlight LGBTQ films. The winners will be selected from a diverse jury that includes agents, producers, festival programmers, and others.
Follow the link above to watch trailers for the films and read further descriptions.