Yona Rozenkier’s “Decompression,” Marie Grahto Sorenson’s “Teenage Jesus,” and “Sew the Winter to My Skin,” from South Africa’s Jahmil X.T. Quebek, have made the 15-project cut for the 2017 Cannes Fest L’Atelier co-production forum.
Part of Cannes’ Cinefondation film development initiative, the Atelier was launched in 2005 to support emerging filmmakers.
They range from near complete unknowns to high-profile names, who are offered expert advice and the chance to meet potential co-production partners and funding sources during the Festival.
The success rate is high: Of the 186 projects presented, 146 have been completed, and another 14 are in pre-production.
This year the Atelier will host projects from other development initiatives.
A dramedy charting a dysfunctional father-and-son relationship, Rozenkier’s feature debut Decompression won the top award at the 2016 Jerusalem Film Fest’s Sam Spiegel International Film Lab.