Tyro tide rises

IETFF hosts evening soiree

CANNES — Just down the Cote D’Azur from Cannes, in Monte Carlo, a Tuesday evening soiree celebrated the launch of yet another sprocket opera — the Intl. Emerging Talent Film Festival.

IETFF’s board members, including Billy Zane and producer Effie Brown, gathered at the swank Columbus Hotel in Monaco’s capital to tout the virtues of discovering and mentoring new pic talent.

Backed by Monaco-based investors and headed by aspiring Belgian filmmaker Max Ryerson, the first event unspools May 12-15, 2007, just before next year’s Cannes Film Festival, and will program 11 features and 11 shorts from tyro filmmakers.

Zane found it noteworthy that “a city synonymous with privilege” is reaching out to up-and-comers.

The thesp recently got his own taste of Riviera hospitality while filming his directorial debut, “Big Kiss.” The diamond-heist caper is an homage to Blake Edwards’ films, said Zane, who shot in and around Monaco, Nice and Cannes.

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