IFFR supported films at Cannes

A compelling selection of Hubert Bals Fund (HBF) and CineMart supported films will world premiere at the 72nd edition of Cannes Film Festival. 

Un Certain Regard

After winning the Critics Week Grand Prize in 2016 with Mimosas, Oliver Laxe brought his new film project to CineMart. The then called A Sun That Never Sets is now selected as Fire Will Come in the most prestigious section next to the main competition. Mimosas can be watched on IFFR Unleashed. 

Quinzaine des Réalisateurs

In the independent section of The Directors' Fortnight, three films are selected with strong IFFR DNA. The route of Sick, Sick, Sick by Alice Furtado started in 2015 with script and project development support. The next year the first feature of Furtado received NFF+HBF funding with Dutch co-producer BALDR film after having successfully participated in CineMart. The completion of Johnny Ma's second feature, To Live to Sing took less time. After having been presented at last year's CineMart Ma received the HBF+Europe Minority Co-production Support with co-producer House on Fire from France. The Orphanage is the third feature by Shahrbanoo Sadat and, after C.I.C.A.E. Award winner 2018 Wolf and Sheep, the second one with HBF funding. 

Semaine de la Critique

A White White Day by Hlynur Palmason was also part of the CineMart 2018 selection, where it won the Arte International Prize. The second feature (after the very successful Winter Brothers) is screening at the 58th edition of the Semaine de la Critique.


Within the large collection of films, the ACID selection gives visibility to directors whose work is scarcely distributed, in order to facilitate a theatrical release. One of the nine selected films is Take Me Somewhere Nice by Ena Sendijarević, which won the Special Jury Tiger Award this year at IFFR 2019. In the same section, Breve historia del planeta verde by Santiago Loza is presented. The winner of the TEDDY for Best Feature Film received HBF Script and project development support in 2015.

Photo in header: Fire Will Come by Oliver Laxe