Cannes Grad School back in session

Program for first- and second-time filmmakers

PARIS -- School is back in session for six first- and second-time filmmakers chosen for the 20th edition of the Festival de Cannes' Residence de la Cinefondation announced on Monday.

The program, which kicked off in Cannes on March 1 and runs through July 15, is the world's most famous film festival's very own graduate school for directors created to help new filmmakers from across the globe with their first or second feature projects.

A Cinefondation jury narrowed down this year's more than 200 applicants to first-time female filmmakers Yaelle Kayam from Israel and Dominga Sotomayor from Chile, plus fellow first-time helmers Franco Lolli from Colombia and Daniel Joseph Borgman from New Zealand.

Mexican director Michel Franco and Chilean helmer Cristian Jiminez will head to the residency program to work on their second films.

The residence program has proven to be successful with 65% of projects the Cinefondation has supported since it was founded in 2000 turned into completed features, and 90% including the 24 films currently in pre-production.