The 59th edition of La Semaine de la Critique 2020 could not be held as scheduled in Cannes due to global sanitary crisis. Honouring its commitment, the parallel section of the Cannes festival nevertheless continues to shine a light on emerging talents in order to support filmmakers and the film industry. To address this unprecedented situation, La Semaine de la Critique kicks off a tailored-made support programme for the films that Charles Tesson - artistic director - and his selection committees chose to actively support. Accordingly, 10 short films have received the “2020 Semaine de la Critique label" and are accessible online on Festival Scope Pro.
A section of the Cannes Film Festival, La Semaine de la Critique has, since its inception, focused on discovering and highlighting new talent in filmmaking. Founded in 1962 by the French Union of Film Critics, this festival aims to throw the spotlight on first and second works by filmmakers from all around the world. Such leading lights as Jacques Audiard, Alejandro González Iñarritu, Ken Loach, François Ozon, Wong Kar Wai or more recently César Augusto Acevedo, Julia Ducournau, David R. Mitchell, Santiago Mitre, Jeff Nichols or Rebecca Zlotowski were first introduced to the public eye at La Semaine de la Critique.