Cannes Film Festival Seeks More Hip-Hop Themed Content

The Cannes Film Festival's

International Critics' Week (SIC - Semaine Internationale de la Critique) has

joined forces with Hip-Hop multimedia communications company, Punch Media to ensure

a greater influx of diverse films for potential 2006 jury selection.

In order to better meet its goals of diversity in selection, particularly from

the U.S. market, SIC is now working to extend outreach and for the first time

ever attract greater Hip-Hop-themed films among its submissions of all genres.

The concept was developed during talks with SIC executives and Punch Media President

Lauren Coleman.

"The approach is two-pronged," explains Punch Media president Lauren

Coleman to “Our company has been selected to raise awareness

regarding this portion of the Cannes Film Festival among new U.S. filmmakers while

actively seeking hot Hip-Hop/urban films for possible jury selection for SIC.”

Feature length, short film, documentaries, dramas and comedy submissions are encouraged.

The submission deadline is March 31, 2006.

The International Critics' Week of the Cannes Film Festival will take place May

17 - 28, 2006 in Cannes, France. For submission information, filmmakers should


310-280-3245 or visit