ShoutOUT! Cannes Announces L'Atelier 2020 Lineup, Includes 2 Southeast Asian Titles

L'Atelier 2020

The Festival de Cannes has unveiled the lineup for this year's Cinefoundation Atelier, the co-production forum where in-development projects will try and secure funding at this year's Cannes festival.

Founded in 2005, L'Atelier has had an impressive track record with 171 projects out of the total 233 selected having been released theatrically, alongside 14 currently in pre-production. 

For L’Atelier’s 16th edition, 15 projects from 15 countries have been selected, with two projects from Southeast Asia:

The first is Malaysia's Tiger Stripes, the debut feature of director Amanda Nell Eu, which will follow the journey of a carefree 11-year-old girl as she starts to experience horrifying physical changes to her body, while her emotions and urges manifest in extremes. The film will be produced by Foo Fei Ling of Malaysia-based Ghost Grrrl Pictures; Fran Borgia of Singapore-based Akanga Film Asia, which produced the 2019 Golden Leopard winner A Land Imagined amongst others; and Yulia Evina Bhara of Indonesia's KawanKawan Media.

The second is Philippines' Some Nights I Feel Like Walking, the sophomore feature of director Petersen Vargas, which will be produced by Alemberg Ang and Jade Castro of VY/AC Productions.

Southeast Asia have traditionally been well-represented at L'Atelier, with past projects that were selected including titles such as Burmese filmmaker The Maw Naing's The Women in 2019; Filipino filmmaker Carlo Francisco Manatad's Whether The Weather Is Fine, Thai filmmaker Nontawat Numbenchapol's Doi Boy, and Vietnamese filmmaker Bùi Thạc Chuyên's Glorious Ashes in 2018; Vietnamese filmmakers Phan Ngoc Lan's Cu Li Never Cries and Le Bao's Taste, and Singapore's City of Small Blessings by Chen-His Wong in 2017; and Indonesian filmmaker Mouly Surya’s Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts, in 2016, which subsequently premiered in 2017's Quinzaine des Réalisateurs.

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