Cannes Cinéfondation’s Atelier, the program of the French film festival dedicated to stimulate creative filmmaking and encourage the emergence of a new generation of filmmakers, has announced the 15 participants for its 15th edition, which includes Chilean director Felipe Gálvez as the only Latin American filmmaker. Gálvez is participating with his feature film project The Settlers / Los colonos.
Born in Santiago de Chile in 1983, Gálvez graduated from the Universidad del Cine, in Buenos Aires Argentina. He has directed the short films Be Quiet Please / Silencio en la sala (2009)—winner of the BAFICI Best Short Film Award—and I’m Always Looking From Here / Yo de aquí te estoy mirando (2011), which premiered at the Rotterdam International Film Festival.
His third short, Rapaz, was selected at the 57th edition of Cannes Critics’ Week. With this precise, dense and tense film, Gálvez throws the audience in the midst of a news story shot vertically, in the heat of the moment, in the middle of the street. This story is a testimony of the director’s feeling of urgency in denouncing the excesses of our time.
Gálvez has also worked as a film editor in many feature films, including Alex Anwandter's You’ll Never Be Alone / Nunca vas a estar solo (2015), Martín Rodríguez Redondo's Marilyn (2018), both of which premiered at Berlinale’s Panorama section, and Marialy Rivas’ Princesita (2017), which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival.
The Cinefondation’s Atelier hosts and invites each year to the Festival de Cannes 15 directors whose projects have been considered particularly promising. Together with their producers, they will be able to meet potential partners, a necessary step to finish their project and start the making of their film. L’Atelier provides its participants access to international co-productions, thus accelerating the film’s completion.
Cinefondation’s Atelier was created in 2005 and of the 198 projects selected so far, 157 have been released in theaters and 27 are currently in pre-production.