Develop your craft and an original, feature length screenplay in Cannes, the epicenter of cinema.
Engage in a rigorous development process and earn a diploma from the Université Côte d’Azur.
Work under the guidance and supervision of Canal+’s creative team.
CANNESFILMS Unlimited is a writing residency aimed at developing the next generation of screenwriters and original content that is distinctly European in flavor.
Candidates should reflect on the brief below and propose an original series relative to it in any genre. We are looking for strong and universal stories set in a European context; whether contemporary or historical, real or fictional. You might explore emblematic or little-known places, contemporary stories or revisited myths and legends. No matter your focus, Europe should be at the heart of your proposed project.
Please select one of the following two themes
Share your experience in content creation
(Film, script or other media)
Only ‘solo’ writers
will be considered
(No co-written projects)
without a producer
Applications may be completed in English or French.
During the residence, all sessions and written work will be in English. Therefore, all applicants must be sufficiently fluent in English in order to participate.
To be submitted by October 30, 2021, in a single PDF.
Submit in the order of the documents listed below.
All documentation must use a font size of 12 pt. to be considered.
Pitch (5 lines), Feature Film concept (1 page), Letter of intention (1 page)
Screenwriting sample/strong>(5 pages)
Produced film and/or televison credits, if applicable
Moodboard for your proposed project*
18 projects will
The 18 pre-selected finalists
have an individual
interview with the selection
committee, after which
they will revise their
feature film concept.
The 18 preselected finalists will
pitch their revisited concepts
to a panel including the
Canal+ creative team.
6 writers will be selected
to participate in
in 3 Phases
Phase 1 /
The first phase of the residency will be online, in collective workshops with creative advisors and fellow participants.
Phase 2 /
Three weeks of intensive, rigorous creative writing workshops in Cannes in parallel with the CANNES FILM FESTIVAL.
Phase 3 /
The final phase of the residency will consist of online sessions.