festival de Cannes 2021

The Institut français at Cannes


Updated on 20/08/2021

The Institut français and its partners France Médias Monde, the Société des Auteurs, Compositeurs et Éditeurs de Musique (SACEM) and the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie will feature at the Cannes Festival with a hybrid programme.

The Les Cinémas du monde pavilion will host La Fabrique Cinéma 2021 for the continuation of its artistic and professional meetings broadcast on the Marché du Film virtual pavilion.


Thursday 8 July

  • 10.30 am - 12 pm : Masterclass by Danielle Arbid for the Institut français La Fabrique Cinéma

Danielle Arbid, patron of La Fabrique Cinéma 2021, will devote several working sessions to the projects of La Fabrique Cinéma. This Masterclass chaired by Léo Seosanto will be an opportunity to listen to her talk about her career as a filmmaker.



  • 3 pm - 6 pm : Shoot the Book! Pitches

A presentation by 10 French, 1 German and 1 Finnish publishers of literary works that could be adapted for the cinema. Shoot the Book! Cannes 2021 announces its selection of twelve French and international literary works chosen by an international jury of audiovisual professionals for their strong adaptation potential. These works will be pitched by their publishers during the Marché du Film at Cannes on 8 July from 3 pm to 6 pm.

And Friday 9 July from 10 am to 1 pm Shoot the Book! Rendez-Vous A series of meetings between international producers and French and foreign publishers


Friday 9 July

  • 11.30 am - 12.45 pm Official launch of - Fonds Image de la Francophonie


The Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF) launched the Clap ACP programme in 2020, co-financed by the European Union and supported by the Organisation of ACP States (Africa, Caribbean, Pacific). Carried out in partnership with the Fonds de Soutien à l'Industrie Cinématographique de Côte d'Ivoire (FONSIC), Clap ACP aims to strengthen Southern co-productions by increasing financial aid and providing artistic, legal and commercial support. It is within this framework that, the platform for films and series from ACP countries in search of financial and commercial partners for Southern co-productions, will be launched in 2021, with the support of INITIATIVE FILM, YAOUNDE FILM LAB and DISCOP and the financial assistance of the EU and the support of the Organisation of ACP States.

Moderated by Enrico Chiesa, Clap ACP / OuiCoprod coordinator


Saturday 10 July


  • 10:30 am - 12:00 pm : Music and Cinema Masterclass with composer Wissam Hojeij (Sacem / La Fabrique Cinéma of the Institut français)

This year, to honour music in cinema, SACEM has chosen the composer Wissam Hojeij, who will give a masterclass at the Institut français Fabrique Cinéma 2021. Wissam Hojeij is a French-Lebanese composer whose music can be heard in feature films and documentaries. His career is marked by selections for international events such as the Next Step de la Semaine de la Critique de Cannes or Berlinale Talent (2018). Having composed the music for some twenty short films, he won the best music award at the Kinoma festival in 2017 for "Et Toujours nous Marcherons" by Jonathan Millet and was invited to be a member of the short film jury at the Aubagne International Music & Cinema Festival in 2021. The feature films "Headbang Lullaby" and "Jahilya" by Moroccan director Hicham Lasri, for which he composed the Original Score, were selected at the Berlinale (Panorama Section 2017 / Forum 2018). He was nominated in the Best Soundtrack category of the Lebanese Movie Awards for "Good Morning" by Bahij Hojeij in 2018. The feature film "Ceniza Negra" by Costa Rican director Sofia Quirós Ubeda brought his music to Cannes where it was selected for the 2019 Semaine de la Critique.

Wissam Hojeij deploys a personal approach in his compositions that combines a symbiotic relationship with the narrative with an exploratory approach to film music. The meeting will be moderated by Benoit Basirico from Cinezik.


Sunday 11 July


  • 10 am - 12 pm La Fabrique Cinéma 21 Pitches & Launch of the Coprocity partnership

The 10 first and second feature length film projects (3 documentaries and 7 feature films) that make up the 2021 selection of the Institut français Fabrique Cinéma will be presented in video pitches and in person by directors and producers from Afghanistan, South Africa, Argentina, Bangladesh, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Egypt, Gabon, India and the Philippines. The partnership with Coprocity offers the winners of La Fabrique Cinéma dedicated facilities for advancing their project with co-production professionals. The meeting will be moderated by Emilie Boucheteil, Director of the Institut français's Cinema Department, with the participation of Jérémy Zelnik for the launch of the dedicated platform for international co-production, Coprocity.


The Institut français is also a partner of Cannes XR, the section of the festival dedicated to immersive realities, as part of its Digital Crossroads online professional meetings programme, which aims to encourage collaboration between French and foreign professionals in the field of digital creation.

16 films supported by Aide aux cinémas du monde presented across the festival

Once again this year, Aide aux cinémas du monde, a support mechanism for international co-production co-managed by the Centre national du cinéma et de l'image animée and the Institut français, will be represented in the festival's various strands:

10 films, including 6 in competition, will be presented in the official selection, and another 6 films in other sections. 7 films come from the 1st sub-committee (college), dedicated to first and second films, and managed more specifically by the Institut français.


COMPETITION  / Official selection

  • A Hero by Asghar Farhadi (Iran) - 2nd college
  • Petrov's Flu by Kirill Serebrennikov (Russia) - 2nd college
  • Memoria by Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Thailand) - 2nd college
  • The Worst Person in the World by Joachim Trier (Norway) - 2nd grade
  • Casablanca Beats by Nabil Ayouch (Morocco) - 2nd college
  • Ha' Berech (Ahed's knee) by Nadav Lapid (Israel) - 2nd college


UN CERTAIN REGARD / Official selection

  • Onoda, 10 000 nuits dans la jungle by Arthur Harari (France) – 1st college – (LAUNCH)
  • Money Boys by C.B Yi - (China / Austria) 1st college
  • Freda by Gessica Généus - (Haiti) 1st college
  • Et il y eut un matin by Eran Kolirin (Israel) – 2nd college



  •  Feathers by Omar El Zohairy (Egypt) - 1st college 
  • The Gravedigger's Wife by Khadar Ayderus Ahmed (Somalia / Finland) - 1st college 
  • Piccolo corpo (Small Body) by Laura Samani (Italy) - 1st college



  • A chiara by Jonas Carpignano (Italy) - 2nd college 
  • El empleado y el patrón by Manuel Nieto Zàs (Uruguay) – 2nd college



  • Little Palestine, Diary of a Siege by Abdallah Al-Khatib (Palestine) – 1st college


From 6 to 17 July, the Cinémas du Monde Pavilion will host the RFI and Monte Carlo Doualiya studios, temporarily relocated for the Cannes Film Festival, with daily interviews and broadcasts in 16 languages.