IFP will sponsor Cannes section

U.S. rep chosen 12th year in a row for Directors Fortnight

NEW YORK — For the 12th year in a row, the Independent Feature Project will be the official U.S. representative for the Cannes Film Festival’s Directors Fortnight section.

The section was created in 1969 with the goal of counterbalancing the official selections with more independent work.

As U.S. rep, the IFP will be in charge of soliciting and collecting Stateside submissions to the section, which is run in Cannes by Marie-Pierre Macia. Org will also facilitate the screenings associated with the selections process; they will be held in early March at Magno Sound and Video in Manhattan.

Deadline to submit to Directors Fortnight through the IFP is March 5.

To qualify, a film must be a fiction feature produced after January 2000 that hasn’t had a commercial release outside its country of origin or in France. Also, the film cannot have screened in any competitive festival or cinematic event (except film markets) outside its country of origin.

If selected for presentation at Cannes, it will be blown up to 35mm and subtitled in French.

Between 15 and 18 films are chosen annually. Among high profile U.S. selections of previous years are Allison Anders’ “Mi Vida Loca” and Sofia Coppola’s “The Virgin Suicides.”

For an application form, call David Ryan at (212) 465-8200, ext. 223, fax to (212) 465-8525 or send e-mail correspondence to dryan@ifp.org.

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