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The Fabrique Cinéma by the Institut français announces the ten projects selected for this year's Festival de Cannes



© Catherine Vinay – La Fabrique Cinéma 2018


The Fabrique Cinéma by the Institut français is pleased to announce the ten projects selected for this year's Festival de Cannes, which runs from 14 to 25 May 2019.



Burkina Faso: Organisme Religieusement Modifié by Simplice Ganou — Documentary, second feature filmProduced by Saoudah Carole Kafando / Tilé Fari Films

Rwanda: Tanzanite by Kantarama Gahigiri — Fiction, second feature film Produced by Kivu Ruhorahoza/ PW

Tunisia: Fouledh by Mehdi Hmili — Documentary, second feature film Produced by Moufida Fedhila/ Yol Film House



Argentina: Three Brothers by Francisco Paparella — Fiction, second feature film Produced by Paula Orlando/ Rio Azul Films

Brazil: The French Teacher by Ricardo Jr Alves  — Fiction, second feature film Produced by Thiago Macêdo Correia/ EntreFilms



Bangladesh: Sand City by Mahde Hasan — Fiction, first feature film Produced by Rubaiyat Hossain/ Khona Talkies

India: Rapture by Dominic Sangma — Fiction, second feature film Produced by Jianshang Xu/ Anna Films

Indonesia: Crocodile Tears by Tumpal Tampubolon — Fiction, first feature film Produced by Mandy Marahimin / Tanakhir Films

Laos: Raising a Beast by Xaisongkham Induangchanthy — Fiction, first feature film Produced by Lao New Wave Cinema Productions



EGYPT: Bootleg by Reem Morsi — Fiction, first feature film Produced by Rula Nasser/ Imaginarium Films


Four of the projects are first feature films and six are second feature films.

Two female directors and seven female producers will be present, alongside eight male directors and three producers (one of whom is a director and producer).

An Indonesian project has been selected for the first time this year.


The Fabrique Cinéma by the Institut français is a programme that aims to identify and promote directors and producers from emerging countries. Working closely with the Festival de Cannes, the Marché du Film and many other professional partners, it offers personalized support to first and second feature film projects.

Each year, an internationally renowned director is chosen to be the programme's patron. He or she acts as a mentor, running several work sessions during the Festival de Cannes.

The name of this year's patron will be announced on 28 March.


Since 2009, the Fabrique Cinéma by the Institut français has supported:

·       101 selected projects, 185 directors and producers from 61 countries, including 23 French-speaking countries (39 % from Latin America, 24 % from Africa, 9 % from the Near and Middle East, 22 % from Asia and 6 % from Eastern Europe).

In 2019, 11 Fabrique films are in post-production. They will be distributed in theatres and festivals in the coming months.

Mon tissu préféré by Gaya Jiji, Rafiki by Wanuri Kahiu, Amal by Mohamed Siam, La Miséricorde de la jungle by Joel Karakezi and La vie comme elle vient by Gustavo Pizzi are the latest films that were originally projects presented to the Fabrique Cinéma by the Institut français.



The Fabrique Cinéma programme was developed by the Institut français in close collaboration with the Festival de Cannes, and in partnership with France Médias Monde, the Société des Auteurs, Compositeurs et Editeurs de Musique (SACEM), the International Organisation of la Francophonie (IOF), with the support of Orange Studio.



The Institut français

The Institut Français is a public institution which promotes French culture abroad. Under the supervision of the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs and the French Ministry for Culture, the Institut français actively contributes to France’s “diplomacy of influence”. Its projects and programmes are implemented through France’s cultural network abroad, which includes the Instituts français, Alliances françaises and cultural services in embassies around the world.

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