Plentiful MENA filmmakers featured in this year's Cannes L'Atelier selection

L’Atelier will host its eighteenth edition this year and has invited to the Festival de Cannes 16 directors, with a record six projects by SWANA filmmakers.
Plentiful MENA filmmakers featured in this year's Cannes L'Atelier selection

L'Atelier has made its announcement for their 2022 selection, which comprises of projects their selection committee considers particularly promising. Filmmakers, together with their producers, will be able to meet potential partners, a necessary step to finish their project and start the making of their film.

L’Atelier provides its participants access to international co-productions, thus accelerating the film’s completion.

Created in 2005 to stimulate creative filmmaking and encourage the emergence of a new generation of filmmakers, L'Atelier has a great track record. So far, out of 231 projects mentored until 2019, 182 have been completed and 19 are currently in preproduction. In 2020, despite the worldwide pandemic, the shooting of three projects went ahead and a further twelve projects are currently in preproduction. For L’Atelier’s 18th edition, 15 projects from 15 countries have been selected, from both new names as well as established filmmakers.

From May 22 to 27, L'Atelier will arrange meetings for the directors with film industry professionals interested in investing in their project. More details on the projects themselves will be available in mid-April on the Cinéfondation website.

Among the names we know and love are Suzannah Mirghani, whose latest short we watched at this year's Ajyal Film Festival in Doha, and who will be in L'Atelier with Cotton Queen; as well as Aanat Films cofounder Ihab Jadallah, who is part of the new wave of Palestinian cinema -- his project is titled The Doubt. Other projects include Egyptian filmmaker Ahmed Fawzi Saleh's Hamlet from the Slums and The Blind Ferryman by Iraqi editor turned director Ali Al-Fatlawi.

Following is the full list:

Anna Ist - Rosanne Pel - The Netherlands

Chimbo cheBere (The Hyenas Song) (ex Akashinga) - Naishe Nyamubaya - Zimbabwe

Cotton Queen - Suzannah Mirghani - Sudan

Guria - Levan Koguashvili - Georgia

Hamlet from the Slums - Ahmed Fawzi Saleh - Egypt

Made In EU - Stephan Komandarev - Bulgaria

Philax - Rûken Tekeş - Turkey

Sam - E del Mundo - Philippines

The Beer Girl In Yangon - Sein Lyan Tun - Myanmar

The Blind Ferryman - Ali Al-Fatlawi - Iraq/Switzerland

The Doubt - Ihab Jadallah - Palestine/Israel

The Forest - Tomas Weinreb & Petr Kazda - Czech Republic

The Last Tears Of The Deceased - Beza Hailu Lemma - Ethiopia

Where The River Begins - Juan Andres Arango - Colombia

You Are My Everything - Michal Vinik - Israel

This year's Festival de Cannes will take place from 17 to the 28 May, 2022.

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