Cannes Film Festival as well as its parallel events - Directors' Fortnight and Semaine de la Critique - will present 22 films supported by Creative Europe MEDIA, starting on Wednesday 11 until Sunday 22 May 2016. In the Official Competition, which includes 21 entries, 9 of the MEDIA films will be competing for the Palme d'Or. Overall, €2.1 million were invested in these European works

23* films which have received financing from the Creative Europe programme will be screened in Cannes, the Festival starting on Wednesday 11 May. Funding was provided for the development, the distribution as well as through the co-production schemes of Creative Europe MEDIA, for a total amount of €2.1m.

Cannes Film Festival

14 films supported by MEDIA will line up.
The following ten will be competing for the Palme d'Or:

  • Toni Erdmann, Maren Ade, Germany
  • Julieta, Pedro Almodovar, Spain
  • La Fille Inconnue, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, Belgium
  • Ma Loute (Slack Bay), Bruno Dumont, France 
  • Rester Vertical, Alain Guiraudie, France
  • Mal de Pierres, Nicole Garcia, France
  • I, Daniel Blake, Ken Loach, United Kingdom
  • Bacalauréat (Graduation), Cristian Mungiu, Romania
  • Sieranevada, Cristi Puiu, Romania
  • The Neon Demon, Nicolas Winding Refn, Denmark

The Dardenne brothers will compete for a third Palme d'Or, after Rosetta (1999) and L'Enfant (2005).
Ken Loach as well as Cristian Mungiu will try to scoop a second Palme, after The Wind that Shakes the Barley and 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days respectively. All 4 films had been supported by MEDIA.

The following four films will be screened as part of the festival minor sections:

  • La Tortue Rouge (Red Turtle), Michael Dudok De Wit, The Netherlands
  • Apprentice, Boo Junfeng, Singapore
  • Voir du pays (The Stopover), Delphine Coulin & Muriel Coulin, France
  • Hissein Habré, une tragédie tchadienne (Hissein Habré, a Chadian Tragedy), Mohamamat-Saleh Haroun, Chad 

Directors' Fortnight

5 films will be presented at the Directors' Fortnight:

  • Fai Bei Sogni / Fais de beaux rêves, Marco Bellocchio
  • L’Effet Aquatique, Sólveig Anspach
  • La Pazza Gioia, Paolo Virzì
  • Ma vie de courgette, Claude Barras
  • Wolf and Sheep, Shahrbanoo Sadat     

Semaine de la Critique

Finally, four films have entered the programme of the Semaine de la Critique:

  • Grave, Julia Ducournau, France/Belgium
  • Mimosas, Oliver Laxe, Spain/Morocco/France
  • Tramontane, Vatche Boulghourjian, Lebanon/France
  • I Tempi Felici Verranno Presto (Happy Times Will Come Soon), Alessandro Comodin, Italy/France    

Altogether, these 23 films involved producers coming from 15 European countries.

Last year, 25 films entered the programme of the 3 competitions aforementioned, and five won awardq - including the Palme d'Or for Jacques Audiard's Dheepan.

Besides the film competition, the MEDIA programme will also celebrate its 25th anniversary in Cannes, in the presence of filmmakers Céline Sciamma, Paweł Pawlikowski and László Nemes as well festival director Pierre Lescure and Commissioner for digital economy and society Günther H. Oettinger. It will also present a number of activities and discussions as part of its ongoing stakeholders dialogue.

*Updated on 13/05/2016 at 5pm.
The Neon Demon by Nicolas Winding Refn was not covered in our initial review of films supported by Creative Europe MEDIA:  its production company Space Rocket Nation received funding for the project I Walk With the Dead at the development stage, before its title changed to The Neon Demon.