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Cannes, the city famous for the Cannes Film Festival, currently in motion. — AFP picCannes, the city famous for the Cannes Film Festival, currently in motion. — AFP picCANNES, May 19 — The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) is set to team with the University of Cote d'Azur (UCA) to launch a writers' lab next year in partnership with the Cannes Film Festival, Vivendi and CanalPlus (via The Hollywood Reporter).

The programme, dubbed the “Storytelling Institute,” will run for six weeks with the final two weeks overlapping with the Cannes Film Festival, in a bid to lure iconic directors with films in competition to the course as guest lecturers for master classes.

Ten students will be accepted to the first course, and will be required to complete a screenplay during their time, with additional programs eventually expected to follow in series writing and team writing.

The initiative is one of many recently unveiled by Cannes Mayor David Lisnard, designed to boost the city's economy; with Vivendi and CanalPlus signed on as partners with first-look rights to the completed screenplays, and Vivendi to also finance the programme. — AFP-Relaxnews

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