Residencies & Next Step Hildegarde Prize

Between December 3rd and 9th 2022, seven of the short film directors who were recently selected at La Semaine de la Critique have presented their first feature film projects. For the first time this year, Morelia IFF’s invitation in Cannes extends to welcoming a Mexican filmmaker to the Next Step workshop.

During a week-long workshop - first at the Moulin d’Andé and then Paris - they were guided by international consultants who have provided advice on their script, helped them assess what each script implies in terms of direction and production, as well as market release. Directors also have had the opportunity to meet composers to think about the musical world of their film. On the last day, an event has been organised with professionals of the French film industry, to allow filmmakers to present their projects, establish contact and build relationships for future collaborations.

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Two feature film projects already awarded

Joseph Pierce

Joseph Pierce won a 3 weeks residency in the Pop Up network with mentoring by Matthieu Darras and a guest consultant for his feature project HOW THE DEAD LIVE.
Hao Zhao is awarded with a 3 weeks-long residency with 3 consulting sessions at the Moulin d'Andé-CECI for his feature project IF I SEE A RAINBOW.

Next Step Hildegarde Prize winner
will be revealed in Cannes

Hildegarde endows the Next Step Prize with €2500 which will be given to one of the seven participating directors for his feature film project and will be invited at Cannes. This endowment follows the Hildegarde and La Semaine de la Critique's ambition to enhance new independent feature films.

The Next Step Hildegarde Prize Jury
This year, the jury is comprised of 4 industry experts

Marion Delord
Executive Director
Martin Jérôme
AV Manager & Acquisition Coordinator
Condor Distribution
Olimpia Pont Chàfer
Head of Industry
Torino Film Lab
Thania Dimitrakopoulou
Head of Sales & Acquisitions
The Match Factory