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CANNES 2005 Initiative

When scriptwriters organise themselves


For the first time in 2005, a group of authors will be represented in Cannes by the magazine 101 scénaristes en herbe. Cannes Cinema's partner, supported by the director Bob Swain and the web site, this group, created by a team of Belgian screenwriters, gathers new writers from France, Belgium, Canada, great-Britain, USA, Australia, New-Zealand, Ireland and China.

In order to create a more active bridge between history and cinema, "101 scénaristes" proposes more than a hundred schemes in 2 languages (French and English) that covers a mix of talents, genre and screen format. The magazine, which will be available in Cannes as from May, 9, "is not so much a catalogue as a comprehensive buffet," declares co-founder, Dominique Knecht. Each story will be presented by a pitch, a small synopsis and an extract. "The idea" explains founder Jacques Gumbau, "is to give producers, directors and agents a glimpse of the authors' possibilities. Rather than staggering under letters and scripts, they can have a rapid idea – and taste screenwriting. In less than five minutes they know if it is worth phoning."

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A group of active screenwriters who rapidly found people like them all over the world created the project: "Differences exist between French, Canadian et Irish cinemas," declares the Irish-Belgian Michael Leahy. But scriptwriters often find themselves in the same situation: alone." But eventually, thanks to the Producers and Equinoxe's initiatives, 2005 will probably be the year when they will emerge from obscurity and enjoy Cannes' sunshine.

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(Translated from French)

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