Under the leadership of Michelle Satter and the artistic direction of Gyula Gazdag, the projects selected for this year's residency include emerging film-makers from the US, South Africa, China, Costa Rica, Brazil, and the UK.
The Labs are the core of the Feature Film Programme and provide an opportunity for film-makers to develop their projects under the watchful eyes of a team of creative advisors that this year includes Gazdag, Robert Redford, Christine Lahti, Vilmos Zsigmond, Michael Lehmann, Tim Blake Nelson, Atom Egoyan, Antonia Bird, Robert Elswit, Stephen Gaghan and Iain Softley.
The projects and participants selected for the June Directors Lab from May 26-June 21 are:
Blood Abundance, Or The Half-Life Of Antoinette (US) by John Magary (writer-director);
Casa Grande (US/Brazil) by Fellipe Gamarano Barbosa (co-writer-director) and Karen Sztajnberg (co-writer);
Meadowlandz (US) by Moon Molson (writer-director);
Pariah (US) by Dee Rees (writer-director);
Poletown (US) by Daniel Casey (writer-director);
Return (US) by Liza Johnson (writer-director);
Shockheaded Peter (UK) by Frank Budgen (writer-director); and
Tshepang (South Africa) by Lara Foot Newton and Gerhard Marx
These Fellows will be joined at the June Screenwriters Lab from June 21-26 by the following projects and participants:
Agua Fria De Mar (Costa Rica) by Paz Fabrega (writer-director);
All Fall Down (US) by Jonathan Wysocki (writer-director);
Look For Water (US) by Jennifer Phang (co-writer-director) and Dominic Mah (co-writer);
The White Circus (Canada) by Chris Lavis and Maciek Szczerbowski (co-writers and co-directors); and
That Year When We Were Young (China) by Peng Tao (co-writer-director) and Zeng Wenwen (co-writer).
'We are thrilled to be supporting such a promising group of film-makers who bring authenticity, urgency, and innovation to their storytelling,' Feature Film Programme director Satter said.
'The June Lab offers a place to fully explore the potential of their material and to develop their craft as screenwriters and directors. It is heartening to know that these film-makers are fully engaged in the world we live in and have created stories with humour and pathos that will resonate for many years to come.'
Several projects supported by the Feature Film Programme are currently in post-production, including Cary Fukunaga's Sin Nombre for Focus Features, Sophie Barthes' Cold Souls, starring Paul Giamatti, Iranian visual artist Shirin Neshat's debut feature Women Without Men, Derick and Steven Martini's Lymelife starring Alec Baldwin, and and So Yong Kim's Treeless Mountain.