Helmers shoot for U.N.

Snippets will cover 1 of 8 millennium goals

Eight world-ranking auteurs, including Robert Altman, Jane Campion and Wim Wenders, will contribute short segments to “8,” a feature film being made in conjunction with the United Nations Development Program.

Each filmmaker will treat one of eight millennium development goals that the UNDP has targeted to achieve by 2015.

Robert Altman’s segment, to be shot in the U.K., will deal with the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women; Campion will shoot her segment about protection of the environment in Australia; and Wenders’ seg will treat global co-operation on development in a section that will be shot in New York.

In Africa, French helmer Gaspar Noe will shoot a film about the fight against HIV/AIDS in Africa, and Tran Anh Hung will treat child mortality. Jan Kounen will shoot a segment about improving maternal health in Nepal while Shinya Tsukamoto will shoot a film about primary education in Japan.

An eighth segment will be about the eradication of poverty and has yet to be assigned to a director.

The pic, which will shoot over the next year to be ready for delivery by early 2005, is being produced by French ad company LDM Prods., making its first foray into feature films. The company recently worked with the U.N. on an ad starring soccer stars Zinedine Zidane and Ronaldo.

France’s Wild Bunch is handling co-production finance and international sales on the pic, which will be co-produced with Dream Films in Canada, Media Screen in Switzerland, and as yet unannounced co-producers in Japan and Australia.

Fifty percent of the profits from the film will go to the UNDP.

LDM has five other feature films in development, including two with French helmer Julien Seri.