Cannes chooses Cinefondation six-pack

Four first-timers among Cannes program's chosen few

PARIS -- The Festival de Cannes' 18th Residence de la Cinefondation will welcome its next crop of directors March 1-July 15, festival organizers said Monday.

Festival president Gilles Jacob and his jury chose six directors from a pool of 160 applicants for the educational program.

The six include first-time filmmakers Israeli Yael Gidron with "Nature Film," Polish Rafael Kapelinski ("Up on the Roof"), Slovenian Martin Turk ("Feed Me With Your Words") and German Andreas Bolm ("The Revenant").

Also chosen were Guatemalan Julio Hernandez-Cordon ("Dust") and Chilean Esteban Larrain ("La Vierge de Penablanca"), both second features.

Founded in 2000, the successful program has seen 65% of the projects it has supported turned into feature films, not including the 22 films in preproduction that, if made, would see that figure soar to 89%.

The initiative was created to help directors with the writing process and production of their films. The 2009 Festival de Cannes is set for May 13-24.
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