The Cinefondation Atelier, the production workshop of the Cannes Film Festival, has announced the 15 directors and projects it will be sponsoring in 2009. The list includes directors from 14 different countries including Uzbekistan, South Africa, and Egypt.
The Cinefondation began in 2005 to bring together both emerging and established filmmakers, put them in touch with industry professionals, and help them finance their projects. This year, the workshop will run May 15-22.
The 15 directors, and their films, are:
Danielle Arbid (Lebanon/France) - "Chambres d'hotel"
John Barker (South Africa) - "The Umbrella Men"
Faouzi Bensaidi (Morocco) - "Death for Sale"
Caran Hartsfield (USA) - "Bury Me Standing"
Atef Hetata (Egypt) - "Oblivion"
Ho Wi Ding (Taiwan/Philippines) - "Pinoy Sunday"
Saodat Ismailova (Uzbekistan) - "40 Days of Silence"
Diego Lerman (Argentina) - "Moral Sciences"
Jake Mahaffy (USA) - "Free In Deed"
Bertrand Mandico (France) - "L'Homme qui cache la foret"
Andrea Segre (Italy) - "Shun Li and the Poet"
Malgoska Szumowska (Poland) - "Sponsoring"
Seyfi Teoman (Turkey) - "Our Grand Despair"
Hugo Vieira da Silva (Portugal) - "Red Cross"
Zhang Yuan (China) - "Executioner Garden"