In 1998, the Festival de Cannes created the Cinéfondation to inspire and support the next generation of international filmmakers. Since then, with the help of the Festival, the Cinéfondation has developed complementary programmes to help achieve its goal.
Nine years ago the Cannes International Film Festival established Cinéfondation, a not-for-profit organization that promotes the work of student filmmakers. In 2007, an international jury headed by Jia Zhangke (China), and including J.M.G. Le Clézio (France), Niki Karmi (Iran), Dominik Moll (France/Germany), and Deborah Nadoolman Landis (USA), handed out four awards to filmmakers from schools in Argentina, China, Korea, and Serbia.
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