The Résidence du Festival welcomes every year in Paris a dozen young foreign directors who work there on their first or second fictional feature film project, in two sessions lasting four and a half months (from October 1st to mid February, and from the end of February to mid July).
The device makes available to them a place of residence in the heart of Paris, a personalised programme accompanying the writing of their scripts, and a collective programme of forums with film industry professionals.
The residents also benefit from:
- a 800-euro grant per month;
- free access to a large number Paris cinemas;
- French lessons (optional);
- the possibility of attending festivals during their stay.
The selection of the candidate is based on the quality of their already made shorts - or first feature film, as well as on the interest of the feature film project in development, and on the candidates' motivation.
Since its creation in 2000, the Résidence has welcomed more than 200 filmmakers from more than 60 different countries. Nearly 60% of the filmmakers emerging from the great halls of this "Villa Médicis" of cinema have finished their films.