Created by the French Directors Guild in the wake of the events of May ’68, the Directors’ Fortnight seeks to aid filmmakers and contribute to their discovery by the critics and audiences alike. From its initial program in 1969, it cast its lot with the avant-garde (the glorious seventies), even as it created a breeding ground where the Cannes Festival would regularly find its prestigious auteurs.
Striving to be eclectic and receptive to all forms of cinematic expression, the Directors' Fortnight pays particular attention to the annual production of fiction features, short films and documentaries, to the emergence of independent fringe filmmaking, and even to contemporary popular genres, provided these films are the expression of an individual talent and an original directorial style.
The 50th anniversary edition will take place from 9 till 19 May 2018 in Cannes then in Marseille, Paris, Geneva, Rome, Milan, Florence and Brussels.
The Directors’ Fortnight’s official Press Conference where the selection is announced will be held on April 17th in Paris, at the Forum des Images.