Residencies & Next Step Hildegarde Prize


Between December 9th and 15th 2023, ten of the short film directors who were recently selected at La Semaine de la Critique have presented their first feature film projects. For the second 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 with the support of SACEM. 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 partnered residencies revealed

Jela Hasler

Jela Hasler won a 3 weeks residency in the Pop Up network with mentoring by Matthieu Darras and Helen Beltrame-Linné for her feature project TO PUT OUT ONE FIRE.

Fernanda Tovar

Fernanda Tovar is awarded with a 3 weeks-long residency with 3 consulting sessions at the Moulin d'Andé-CECI for her feature project UNA CHICA TRISTE.

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 ten 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