IFFR Pro at Cannes 2018

From 9 to 19 May the 71st Cannes film festival will take place. With a great number of people from the film industry attending, the French festival is a good moment for IFFR to reflect, meet and plan ahead. 

IFFR will attend the 71st festival de Cannes with the following delegation:

HBF in co-pro panel

The Hubert Bals Fund is part of a panel at the MEDIA stand on 12 May in the afternoon. The panel will be giving the floor to six European funds talking about co-producing outside Europe; the role of the International co-production funds. Fay Breeman will have a moderated dialogue with Hanneke Niens (Keyfilms, Netherlands), co-producer of The Reports on Sarah and Saleem about their which won a Tiger Award at IFFR 2018.

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IFFR supported films at Cannes

A compelling selection of Hubert Bals Fund (HBF) and CineMart supported films will receive their world premiere at the 71st edition of Cannes Film Festival. All major sections of the festival selected a film with a strong IFFR DNA and flavour.


Girls of the Sun by Eva Husson is selected in the official competition. Husson is one of the three women in this competition and ambitions to become the second female winner of the Palme d'Or following the footsteps of Jane Campion in 1993 for The PianoGirls of the Sun is Husson's second feature, following her debut Bang Gang (A Modern Love Story) in 2016, and was one of the eye-catchers at CineMart in 2017.

Un Certain Regard

In this section, two films with a close IFFR history found their way to the south of France. The European/African co-production Rafiki, by Kenian Wanuri Kahiu was already on the radar in 2011 when it participated in the HBF financed script development workshop ImagiNations in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In 2016 Dutch co-producer of Rafiki, Rinkel Film received production funding through the NFF+HBF scheme. Kahui is no stranger to IFFR as well, her short films Ras Star and Who am I? were screened in 2008 and 2018. The same goes for Alejandro Fadel who attended IFFR in 2011 (as the screenwriter of Carancho) and 2013 (as director of Los salvajes). The latter feature, which won the ACISD Award at the 2012 Cannes film festival, already received HBF Post-production support. His seventh feature, Muere, Monstruo, Muere will screen in Cannes this year and received Script and Project Development support in 2013.

Quinzaine des Réalisateurs

Birds of Passage will open the 50th edition of the Quinzaine programme. The new film by Cristina Gallego and Ciro Guerra, was selected for IFFR’s CineMart in 2016. Serbian filmmaker Ognjen Glavonic presented his first feature The Load at CineMart 2013. With the support of two HBF support schemes and participation in the Boost programme, Glavonic will premiere his feature film debut in Quinzaine des Réalisateurs.

Semaine de la Critique

IFFR PRO supported the feature film Diamantino by young filmmakers Gabriel Abrantes and Daniel Schmidt. In 2011 they were nominated for the Tiger Award for Short Film with A History of Mutual Respect. A year later they presented Diamantino (then titled Tristes Monroes) at the 2012 edition of CineMart.

Photo in header: Meet us in Cannes