As part of its industry initiatives, the Poitiers Film Festival develops partnerships with artistic residencies in order to provide filmmakers featured in the festival with an ideal opportunity to continue to develop their projects.
Organized by the producer Dominique Welinski since 2013, The Factory aims to bring new talents to the international stage. Each year, the residency enables 4 filmmakers to co-write and co-direct a short abroad, alongside a filmmaker in the host country. The shorts are then presented at Cannes at the opening of the Directors’ Fortnight.
Ever since 2015, one of the laureates has been selected at the Poitiers Film Festival.
2015 – Lucie la Chimia | Lebanon Factory
2016 – Mehdi Hamnane | Tunisia Factory
2017 – Lawrence Valin | SEE Factory
2018 – Federico Montero | Country to be announced
Prévosté – ALCA writing residency
Starting in 2018, the ALCA (“Agence Livre et Cinéma Nouvelle-Aquitaine”) selects a scriptwriter from the Poitiers Film Festival’s Jump In workshops for a 3-week writing residency in Bordeaux as part of the Prévosté residency.
2018 – Federico Montero
Federico Montero is in residency in Bordeaux from June 21 to July 12, 2019 to develop his first feature film.
Villa Bloch – multidisciplinary artistic residency
In 2019, the city of Poitiers is inaugurating Villa Bloch, a new space for artistic residencies, in keeping with the values of its former owner, Jean-Richard Bloch. A writer, journalist, humanist, and involved intellectual, Bloch worked throughout his life to defend freedom of expression and artistic creation.
Villa Bloch welcomes 2 filmmakers, who were participants of the Jump In workshops, for a 30-day writing residency.
2018-2019: Marie Rosselet-Ruiz (France) and Jean-Baptiste Ouedraogo (Burkina Faso)
2019-2020: Kahina Le Querrec (France) and Firoza Zahir Houssen (Madagascar)