For the 13th year, IFP/New York will serve as theofficial US representative for the Directors' Fortnight (Quinzaine desRealisateurs) which in previous years has provided a Cannes showcase for suchAmerican films as Lisa Cholodenko's Laurel Canyon, Allen & Albert Hughes' Menace II Society, Tamara Jenkins' The Slums Of BeverlyHills, Spike Lee's Summer Of Sam and Sofia Coppola's The Virgin Suicides.

However, all those wishing to submit their films forconsideration to this prestigious and autonomously run sidebar to the CannesFilm Festival will now have to hurry: the submission deadline for screening inNew York is just seven days away, on Feb 26.

As the official US rep, the IFP supplies applicationforms to filmmakers and facilitates the preview screenings of submitted filmson behalf of François Da Silva, artistic director of the Fortnight, and hisrepresentative for the American selection, Dominique Welinski. Screenings will be held at Magno Soundand Video in New York Feb 27 - March 3.

To submit to the Directors' Fortnight, fiction ordocumentary feature films must fulfill the following requirements:

Thefilms should have been made after January 2002

Thefilms should be in 35 mm format (films initially shot in 16 mm or in video,should be blown up in 35 mm prior to their presentation in Cannes)

Filmsshould not have been broadcast on a TV channel or commercially released inFrance

Filmsshould not have been presented in any international competitive festival(except in the author's native country) or any major film event (unless in thecontext of a film market).

IFP/New York does not pre-select films on behalf of theFortnight. Applications for the Fortnight can be downloaded at additional information, please contact IFP/New York's Colin Stanfield,associate director of international programmes (

For information on submitting to the Competition or UnCertain Regard sections of the Cannes Film Festival, consult information on submitting to the International Critics' Week, consult The dates of the Cannes Film Festivalare May 15 - 25, 2003.