Cannes Emerging Filmmaker Showcase Presented by American Express

May 2016

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    • Experience the world’s largest film festival and film market
    • Attend panel discussions at the American Pavilion
    • View Festival and Market screenings

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    • Compete in the American Pavilion Emerging Filmmaker and Student Filmmaker competitions
    • Promote your film and filmmaking talent to Festival attendees
    • Display your postcards and promotional materials in The American Pavilion

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    • Network with industry professionals
    • Meet like-minded filmmakers from all over the world

  • Emerging Filmmaker Showcase Reception
    Emerging Filmmaker Showcase Reception
  • Emerging Filmmaker Showcase Reception
    Emerging Filmmaker Showcase Reception
  • Monika and Yatao Li (Carry On)
    Monika and Yatao Li (CARRY ON) at EFS Reception
  • Emerging Filmmaker Showcase Presentation
    Emerging Filmmaker Showcase presentation with Jessica Chastain
  • Emerging Filmmaker Showcase Awards Ceremony
    Emerging Filmmaker Showcase Attendees
  • Elena Gaby winner, Best Student Documentary
    Elena Gaby, winner, Student Documentary
  • Emerging Filmmaker Showcase Q&A with Filmmakers
    Emerging Filmmaker Showcase Q&A with Filmmakers
Since its inception in 1989, The American Pavilion has served as the hub for Hollywood's presence in Cannes. It's the place to be if you want to be in the middle of the action. –Roger Ebert

Registration Process

All entries must be submitted through Withoutabox or FilmFreeway.


We will accept entries via offering free HD online screeners, Vimeo and YouTube integration, and more. Click the above button to submit with FilmFreeway.

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Important Dates

Early Bird Entry deadline:
December 4, 2015

Regular Entry deadline:
January 25, 2016

Late Entry deadline (additional fees apply):
February 12, 2016

Finalists for screening at Cannes will be announced:
April 11, 2016

Winners will be announced at the Cannes Film Festival:
May 2016


Entry Guidelines:

Films accepted from current undergraduate or graduate school students and emerging filmmakers. Films should be 25 minutes or less in length. The film must be available for exhibition in DVD, Blu-ray or a digital link format. Films must be completed in 2014, 2015, or 2016


Visibility at the Cannes Film Festival. Finalist films will be screened at a special invitation only screening in The Roger Ebert Conference Center during the Cannes Film Festival. Finalist films will be listed on promotional material at the Cannes Film Festival.


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