The tenth version of the Subsequent Step program of Cannes Critics’ Week is unfolding this week on the Moulin d’Andé artists residence in Normandy.

The complicated, constructed round a twelfth Century mill overlooking the River Seine, is famend for its French New Wave connections, with François Truffaut reported to have written the screenplay for Jules And Jim throughout a keep there within the early Sixties.

“It’s one of the oldest writing and screenwriting residents in France,” says Cannes Critics’ Week program supervisor and Subsequent Step workshop director Thomas Rosso. “We been coming here since the beginning.”

Geared toward serving to filmmakers who’ve proven shorts at Cannes Critics’ Week get their first characteristic over the road, Subsequent Step has supported 88 initiatives since its launch, 29 of which have come to fruition, with 13 extra in manufacturing or resulting from premiere in 2024.

“Next Step is open to all filmmakers who have been invited to Cannes Critics’ Week with a short. They can only come once so we try to make sure that it is the right time for the project to participate,” says Rosso.

This 12 months’s choice – that includes 10 filmmakers and their first characteristic initiatives – is characteristically numerous and a mirrored image of the Cannes Critics’ Week line-up over time.

They embrace French-Swiss director Anton Bialas with The Final Piña Colada On Earth, revolving across the habitués of a Paris nightclub threatened with closure by conservative forces; Dutch filmmaker Vincent Tilanus Dovetail, about an overtly homosexual teenager coming to phrases with the invention of his father’s previous relationships with males, whereas on a marriage anniversary street journey along with his mother and father; and Egyptian director Morad Mostafa’s Aisha Can’t Fly Away Anymore, a up to date tackle Romeo and Juliet exploring the fact of African immigrants dwelling in Egypt.  [scroll down for full selection]

The members spend 5 days on the Moulin d’Ande in one-on-one and collective conferences with screenwriters, administrators, producers and various kinds of consultants, earlier than heading to Paris on Friday to satisfy producers, gross sales brokers and distributors in a kind of speed-dating occasion.

One of many initiatives may also obtain the two,500€ Subsequent Step Award and an invitation to the Cannes Movie Pageant. Two of the members may also be chosen for a protracted residency on the Moulin d’Andé and the Pop Residency program.

Because it marks its tenth version, the legacy and impression of Subsequent Step is snowballing.

A raft of movies making waves on the pageant and awards circuit this 12 months benefitted from its assist together with Molly Manning Walker’s Cannes 2023 Un Sure Regard winner Methods to Have Intercourse; Felipe Gálvez’ Cannes Fipresci winner and Chilean Oscar entry The Settlers, which additionally performed in Un Sure Regard; Locarno breakout The Everlasting Image by Laura Ferrés, and Moin Hussain’s Sky Peals, which debuted at Venice Critics’ Week

Manning, who received the Subsequent Prize for How To Have Intercourse in 2021, gave a shout out to Cannes Critics’ Week on the crimson carpet on the European Movie Awards over the weekend, the place the movie received European Discovery award for finest first movie.

Past the event assist on the Moulin D’Ande residency and prize, Manning additionally met with the movie’s eventual French gross sales agent mk2 movies through the speed-dating occasion.

“She made her first connections there and then the deal came together in Berlin,” says Rosso. “The Friday meeting helps the filmmakers to start building a network, it’s a first step to connecting with potential partners.”

Round 80 attendees are anticipated at this 12 months’s speed-dating occasion in Paris on Friday.

Most are predominantly based mostly in France however there can be a smattering of worldwide professionals, with Rosso noting a pattern for individuals on path to Les Arcs Movie Pageant, which kicks off within the French Alps this weekend, stopping off in Paris for the assembly.

How To Have Intercourse world premiered in Cannes Official Choice moderately than Cannes Critics’ Week, however Rosso says retaining the movies it has supported for its personal line-up will not be the top sport.

“We can’t invite all the features we’ve supported on the Next Step program, so it’s important that they are able to find homes elsewhere,” he says.

“Of course, it can sometimes be frustrating when films we’d like to screen go elsewhere. We’re like parents with children and we want to keep them with us but that’s not the objective of Next Step. The aim is to help filmmakers succeed with their first film, so we’re delighted when they achieve success. What’s happened with How To Have Sex is amazing,” he says.

The Full Choice Of Initiatives & Filmmakers at tenth Version of Subsequent Step

The Final Piña Colada On Earth
Dir. Anton Bialas (French-Switzerland)
The proprietor and habitués of baroque Paris nightclub refuse to maneuver on when capitalistic forces attempt to shut it down

Anekumen
Dir. Irati Gorostidi Agirretxe (Spain)
Disillusioned younger manufacturing unit staff create the distant, religious neighborhood of Anekumen within the mountains within the wake of a failed strike.

To Put Out One Fireplace
Dir. Jela Hasler (Switzerland
An idealistic younger girl, who has just lately accomplished her postgraduate diploma, kicks off her profession in Zurich’s City Greening Workplace, the place her tutorial method clashes with that of an older colleague.

Nous Brûlons
Dir. Nans Laborde-Jourdàa (France)
A mad love story composed of eight tales revolving round mania and habit to like.

Aisha Can’t Fly Away Anymore
Dir. Morad Mostafa (Egypt)
A mystical reinterpretation of Romeo and Juliet exploring the experiences of African immigrants in Egypt, by a 26-year-old girl struggling for survival in Cairo’s Ain-Shams neighborhood.

Luna On Two Planets
Andreas Slaviček (Croatia)
Absent-minded younger photographer Luna lives between fantasy and actuality, juggling a number of day jobs within the hope of in the future touchdown her dream job.

Beneath My Pores and skin
Dir. Inès Teixeira (Portugal)
A 17-year-old embarks on a relationship with a person ten years her senior whereas on vacation at her grandmother’s house in Serra do Açor however discovers on re-meeting him in Lisbon that he has not been sincere together with her.

Dovetail
Dir. Vincent Tilanus (the Netherlands)
An overtly homosexual teenager navigates blended feelings following the revelation his father has been hiding previous relationships with males, whereas on a U.S. marriage ceremony anniversary street journey with each his mother and father.

Una Chica Triste
Dir. Fernanda Tovar (Mexico)
The scenario spirals uncontrolled when a youngster seeks to avenge her finest buddy after the latter is raped at a celebration.

A Woman Unknown
Dir. Jing Zou (China)
Exploration of the 1980 and 90s phenomenon of deserted women in China, by the lifetime of a girl from six-years-old by to her 30s, dwelling in three completely different households.