A festival of the most promising young directors is on the agenda for this week’s Cannes Film Festival in France, and it’s a bit of a surprise.
It’s an eclectic group of filmmakers that include British filmmaker Rupert Jones, American director Aaron Sorkin and Chinese filmmaker Wang Jianlin, among others.
Cannes was established in 1962 to showcase the talents of the emerging talent in film, and since then it has grown from a small selection of short films to a global festival that has expanded from Cannes to the world’s biggest movie festival, the BFI.
There are many of the same directors and directorship teams who made their mark at Cannes.
But there’s also a lot of overlap.
The filmmakers who are working on some of the biggest titles are not just some random bunch of directors, but a group of people who have been in the business a long time and have all worked on movies that have been nominated for awards.
“Cannelles is very much a creative hub and a place where the big names are coming to talk to each other and try to create something,” says Roger Daltrey, who directs the award-winning short film The Last Unicorn.
“If you’re a director who has a film that’s not on the shortlist and they want to work with you on something they’re very open to that and willing to share ideas with you.
I think that’s a great thing for the festival.”
Cannetals’ new short film awards have been a longtime tradition and the film festivals’ executive committee has decided to change the process.
In fact, there are several changes that are coming in the short film category that could affect the overall film festivals.
The first change will be a new requirement for short films, which will allow them to be nominated for the coveted Best Foreign Language Film awards.
The festival also will be looking for more local content and for a broader range of filmmakers to submit their work to compete in the Best Foreign Film category.
“You’re looking at a broader field of filmmakers from all around the world and you’re looking for a wider range of voices,” says Daltrie.
“It’s not a competition between the big films, but it is a competition to find the best short films.
It’s a very exciting time for the world of filmmaking.”
The new short films category will be open to the best of the best in the United States, Canada, England, Australia and New Zealand, and will be the first time the festival has nominated films from countries outside of the United Kingdom.
The festival will also be changing the way it selects films for its short film short films awards.
It is now looking for films that have the potential to win multiple awards and is open to submissions from the United Nations and other international organizations.
In addition to the changes, the film festival will be introducing a new category for documentaries, where films will be screened on a special “first look” format.
“I think it’s fantastic that filmmakers are now getting more chances to be seen on film,” says the festival president, Roger Dallaire.
“It’s a chance to tell a story and to create a work that’s unique to the festival and is not going to be replicated elsewhere.
I’m really looking forward to it.”
It is not the first change in the way short films are judged at the Cannes Film festival.
In 2017, the festival changed the format of its short films categories to focus more on the quality of the story, and also a few of the judges were forced to change their careers to focus on their film.
That was a change that made a lot more sense to the filmmakers who made the change.
“We were a little disappointed to see the directors who were coming in, they were going to a film festival that’s really not going anywhere,” says Sorkins director Wang Jianlian.
“They were not going home with awards.
I was really hoping that I would have won some awards and maybe have been able to spend more time with my family and my friends.
I just don’t think that is going to happen anymore.”
While it is true that the festival is changing its criteria, the new guidelines are a welcome change.
“We’re not just changing the rules of the festival,” says Mandy Geddes, executive director of the BAFTA Film Awards.
“Our festival is a global showcase of creativity and the way we do things.
And I think we need to be doing things differently.”
It’s still early days for the Cannes short film festival, and the next edition of the awards is not due to be announced until late next year.
But it is expected to be a big success and the festival will likely add another short film award category in 2018.