The Cannes Film Festival has announced the lineup of participants for the fifth edition of the Atelier de la Cinefondation program.

The scheme was begun in 2005 and is a means to help directors with the financing and completion of their projects.

The roster of 15 filmmakers will attend the Cannes Film Festival in May in order to meet with film industry professionals in the course of daily meetings.

This year’s crop includes both up and coming and established directors. A full list follows.

John Barker, The Umbrella Men, South Africa (second feature)
Diego Lerman, Moral Sciences, Argentina (third feature)
Zhang Yuan, Executioner Garden, China (11th feature)
Atef Hetata, Oblivion, Egypt (second feature)
Caran Hartsfield, Bury Me Standing, US (first feature)
Jake Mahaffy, Free In Deed, US (third feature)
Bertrand Mandico, L’Homme Qui Cache La Foret, France (first feature)
Andrea Serge, Shun Li And The Poet, Italy (second feature)
Danielle Arbid, Chambres D’Hotel, Lebanon/France (fifth feature)
Faouzi Bensaidi, Death For Sale, Morocco (third feature)
Saodat Ismailova, 40 Days Of Silence, Uzbekistan (second feature)
Malgoska Szumowska, Sponsoring, Poland (fourth feature)
Hugo Vieira Da Silva, Red Cross, Portugal (second feature)
Ho Wi-ding, Pinoy Sunday, Taiwan/Philippines (first feature)
Seyfi Teoman, Our Grand Despair, Turkey (second feature)