Highlight on the 8th session of Next Step

Between the 4th and 10th of December 2021, seven filmmakers who competed in the short film selection of La Semaine de la Critique presented their first feature film projects. During a week-long workshop, they have been guided by international consultants providing advice on their script and the production, distribution and sales strategies. Directors also had the opportunity to think about the musical world of their film, in partnership with the Sacem. The workshop ended with a two-day meeting sessions with French film professionals, an opportunity for participants to present their project, make first contact and build relationships for future collaborations.

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Next Step further accompanies directors by giving them the opportunity to participate in two residencies to continue developing the scripts of their feature film:

Nicolai G.H. Johansen will take part in a month-long residency at the Moulin d’Andé-Céci, during which he will have three sessions with a consultant.

Ian Barling will participate in a 3 week-long residency at the Pop Up Film Residency in Bratislava, Slovakia, supervised by Matthieu Darras.

Lastly, a professional jury will give the Next Step Prize to one of the 7 projects. This prize includes a 5,000€ endowment and an invitation to the 2022 Cannes Film Festival.

Films supported by Next Step

Over its 8 editions, the Next Step programme has supported 72 filmmakers, 42% of whom are women, from 34 countries.

Completed Films

To this day, Next Step has supported 13 films, most recently Rio Doce by Fellipe Fernandes, Anaïs In Love by Charline Bourgeois-Tacquet and Carlo Francisco Manatad's Whether The Weather Is Fine.
Discover here the 13 films supported by Next Step

Coming in 2022

Arcadia Yorgos Zois
Homemade Films & Squaredsquare Films

Birchanger Green | Moin Hussain
Escape Films

Bruxa | Cristèle Alves Meira

Convenience Store Michael Borodin
Metrafilms, Perfo & Karma Films

Dogborn | Isabella Carbonell
Momento Film

J’ai des rêves électriques Valentina Maurel
Geko Films, Wrong Men & Pacifia Grey

Los Colonos (The Settlers) | Félipe Galvez
Quijote Films, Ciné-Sud Promotion, Rei Cine & Snowglobe

The Maiden | Graham Foy
MDFF & F F Films Inc.

Michelle RemembersPia Borg
5 à 7 Films & Ritual Pictures

Some Rain Must Fall | Qiu Yang
Wild Grass Films & Why Not Productions

The Woodcutter Story | Mikko Myllylahti
2018 Next Step 2018 Prize
Aamu Film Company