Six helmers selected for Cannes Residence

Cinefondation grad school for first or second features

PARIS -- School is back in session for six aspiring filmmakers at the Festival de Cannes' resident grad school the Cinefondation, Fest organizers said Tuesday.

From Oct. 1 through Feb. 15, the Residence welcomes this year's crop of talent to help them with their first or second feature films. Gilles Jacob and his jury handpicked their six-strong crew out of 170 candidates.

This year's residents include: Costa Rican Paz Fabrega, Romanian Ioana Uricaru, Iranian Bani Khosnoudi, Chinese Zhang Yue, Irish Andrew Legge and South African Oliver Hermanus.

The Cinefondation's Residence program has seen positive results over the years with 64 of the projects it has helped since its creation in 2,000 both filmed and distributed. 89% of Cinefondation projects become feature films, including those titles currently in pre-production.