Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight Appoints Julien Rejl as Artistic Director

Cannes’ Directors Fortnight, the section running alongside the Cannes Film Festival, has appointed Julien Rejl as artistic director. He will succeed to Paolo Moretti who had his third and last edition this year.

Rejl was named by the SRF (Société des réalisateurs de films) which is the governing body of Directors Fortnight. When announcing the news of Moretti’s exit, the SRF said it wished “to rethink thoroughly Directors’ Fortnight, its name, its singularity, and its strategic and political role.”

Moretti had joined Directors’ Fortnight in 2019 from the Roche-sur-Yon Festival, where he had been artistic director since 2014. The Italian executive had taken over from Edouard Waintrop who was also surprisingly ousted in 2018 after seven editions which were widely considered as successful. Before Waintrop, Frederic Boyer, who now heads Tribeca and Les Arcs, experienced a similar fate at Directors Fortnight.

Unlike his predessors, Rejl doesn’t come the festival circuit. He’s in charge of distribution, international co-productions and international sales at Capricci, an arthouse film banner based in Paris.

The 2023 edition of Directors’ Fortnight will be held May 16-23.

More to come.

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