Magazine article Screen International

Cannes L'Atelier Announces 2012 Selection

Magazine article Screen International

Cannes L'Atelier Announces 2012 Selection

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Upcoming films from Marco Van Geffen, Mahmoud Al Massad and Mai Masri are among 15 projects to be presented at the financing event.

The Cannes L'Atelier, aimed at helping emerging filmmakers complete the financing on their upcoming films, has announced the 15 projects that will be presented this year.

They include the second film from Marco van Geffen, whose Among Us premiered at Locarno to critical acclaim last year, and the latest feature from Jordanian Mahmoud Al Massad, whose past works include the documentary Recycle and the short film Shatter Hassan.

Launched in 2005, L'Atelier has presented film projects from 115 directors since its creation. To date, 72 films have been made and 20 are in pre-production.

The initiative -- running May 18 to 25 during the Cannes Film Festival -- is aimed at finding finance for projects by upcoming directors in an advanced state of development and with a producer attached.

This year's projects are:

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