News ID: 239110
Published: 1216 GMT February 19, 2019

'Lunch Time' director to go to Cannes Residence

'Lunch Time' director to go to Cannes Residence

Young Iranian director Alireza Qassemi was selected to attend 'The Residence' section in the Cinéfondation category of the Cannes Film Festival.

Director of award-winning short film 'Lunch Time', along with five other young talents from around the world, will attend the five-month course of the Residence.

Aboozar Amini (Afghanistan), Álvaro Aponte (Puerto Rico), Diego Céspedes (Chile), Dmytro Sukholytkyy-Sobchuk (Ukraine) and Vinko Tomičić (Chile) also will take part in the program, reported.

Born in 1990 in Tehran, Qassemi received his MFA in filmmaking from Tehran University of Art and spent an exchange year at Buden-Wurtemburg Filmakademie in Germany.

In 2015, he founded the Globe International Silent Film Festival which is exclusively reserved for non-verbal short films. Qassemi has written and directed four short films that have all been shown at many international film festivals and that have won numerous awards. His last short film, 'Lunch Time', was in competition at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival.

Since 2000, the Cinéfondation category of the Cannes has launched this program through which it picks and accommodates young foreign filmmakers who have already directed one or some short or feature films and gives them the chance to work on a new project.

The applicants would send their new film proposal to the festival and after the jury reviewed the submitted works, the best would be picked.

The six selected candidates of 38th the Residence will commit to spend the whole course at the designated site and not to leave it.

The Cannes festival is one of the world's most publicized events which aims at drawing attention to and raise the profile of films in order to contribute towards the development of cinema, according to the festival's website.


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