The Cannes festival has selected six young directors to participate in the fourth running of its Residence training programme.

On the basis of the candidates short films or first feature, a jury headed by Constantin Costa-Gavras selected: Alicia Duffy from the UK, Jens Jonsson from Sweden, Manu Kurewa from Zimbabwe, Sergio Luchyshyn from Russia, Franco De Pena from Venezuela and Hang Tang from Australia.

The four and a half month residential scheme, which will run from February to July 2002, aims to help the young filmmakers develop their next feature project, and to provide them with a group programme of seminars and professional encounters. It includes both a weekly group structure, which provides meetings with directors, producers, distributors, technicians and critics, and an individual programme tailored to the needs of their next feature.

Cannes said that several of the features to have been developed in the three previous sessions are now in advanced preparation with French companies Haut Et Court, Lazennec, Pyramide and Artcam as co-producers.