Through its Next Step programme, La Semaine de la Critique guides the short-film directors who were selected for the competition towards their first feature film. Next Step is a 5-day workshop held in France in December. During the workshop, the filmmakers have the opportunity to discuss their projects with international experts and tutors so that they may be advised on their scripts, to understand the reality of the industry and define the right development strategy. Furthermore, a half-day session is dedicated to film music to encourage the participants to both better understand the work that goes into music composition for films and start thinking about the music for their feature film projects. In partnership with the Moulin d’Andé-Céci, Next Step is supported by the CNC, the SACEM and the SACD.