Cannes: American Pavilion's Emerging Filmmaker Showcase to Screen 22 Films

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The lineup will include a special section dealing with LGBTQ issues.

Twenty-two short documentary and narrative films have been selected for the American Pavilion’s Emerging Filmmaker Showcase.

The films focus on themes as diverse as transgender tweens, immigration, the elderly and the environment, and include a variety of stars, including Eric Stoltz, Peri Gilpin, Michael Gross, Shawn Ryan, Jim O'Heir, Mo Collins and Andrea Marcovicci.

The showcase, presented by American Express, also has nine titles directed by women, more than ever before, and two American Pavilion Student Program alumni — Serena Dykman (Welcome) and Nick Chianese (A Portrait of Abuse) — who are returning to AmPav with films.

The student filmmakers represent schools across the United States, including the American Film Institute, School of Visual Arts, University of Southern California, New York University, Columbia College, Hofstra University and Vassar. 

This year’s showcase has a special section of six titles dealing with LGBTQ issues. 

“We received a record-breaking 500 short films and had the difficult task of narrowing the selection down to 22 films for this year’s showcase,” said Monika Skerbelis, programming director. “I'm particularly excited that we had submissions from so many female filmmakers [and] foreign filmmakers, and that we have now expanded our program to include a sidebar showcasing LGBTQ films.”

Emerging showcase winners will be chosen by a jury that includes agents, managers, producers and festival programmers and announced at the American Pavilion during this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Jurors will include Lisa Gregg, vp, American Express, and Tricia Tuttle, British Film Institute deputy head of festivals.