EXCLUSIVE: The 21st annual American Pavilion Emerging Filmmaker Showcase has set its roster of young talent bringing their shorts to the Cannes Film Festival venue this year. The program features 27 short documentary and narrative films by up-and-comers from the U.S. and around the world. They will be screened at the seaside Pavilion during the fest.
There are five sections in the showcase, including: Student Short Films, Student Documentaries, Emerging Filmmaker Short Films, Emerging Filmmaker Documentaries and Emerging Filmmaker LGBTQ Showcase films.
The works focus on themes ranging from sexual violence, Alzheimer’s and bullying, to the Holocaust, father/daughter stories, falling for Mr Wrong, female entrepreneurs, online dating, sexual orientation, the impact of social media, werewolves and zombies. Female directors are again well represented in the showcase, with more than half of the films directed by women. The student filmmakers hail from schools across the U.S. For a full rundown of the projects, click here.
Winners will be chosen by a jury made up of agents, managers, producers and festival programmers.
In a second-year partnership with independent nonprofit public broadcast and digital network KCETLink Media Group, three of the films from the Emerging Filmmaker Showcase will be featured in the Fine Cut broadcast television series, which will begin airing in the fall on KCET in Southern California.
A flagship program for Los Angeles’ KCET public television since the late ’90s, the Fine Cut festival was founded by actor Jack Larson, best known as Jimmy Olsen in the 1952-1958 Adventures Of Superman series, and is based on the idea that public television is an excellent platform for providing critical visibility to student and emerging filmmakers.