Cinefondation brings in six filmmakers

Residency program had 160 applicants this year

PARIS -- Cinefondation, the Festival de Cannes' resident post-film-school education for aspiring filmmakers, has welcomed six new members, organizers said Wednesday.

Gilles Jacob and his jury have chosen six young directors from more than 160 candidates to participate in the residency program that supports the writing and preparation of first or second feature films.

Cinefondation members working on their second features include Hungarian Anna Faur ("Anyones"), Mexican Aaron Fernandez ("Les Heures Mortes"), Colombian Alejandro Landes ("Porfidio") Chinese Robin Weng ("Red Spider Lily") and Malaysian Sen Tat Liew ("In What City Does It Live?").

Iranian Babak Amini will work on his first feature, "Oil."

La Residence de la Cinefondation has proved a success over the years, with 75% of the projects it has supported turned into feature films.

Recent Cinefondation success stories include Antonio Campos' "Afterschool," selected for Cannes' Un Certain Regard sidebar in May; Pablo Aguero's "Salamandra," which made the lineups in both Cannes and Toronto this year; and Kornel Mundruczo's "Delta," which made the Cannes' Competition section this year.

The program began Wednesday and runs through Feb. 15.