Apoorva Charan '18 Accepted into the Cannes Producers Network Program

Aisha Amin
May 17, 2024

The Gotham Film & Media Institute and the Cannes Film Festival announced the 2024 fellows for the The Cannes Film Festival Producers Network, and film alum Apoorva Charan '18 has been selected for the prestigious fellowship.

Launched in 2003, the Producers Network is a trusted platform that welcomes over 400 producers from around the globe each year to the Cannes Film Festival. During the event, the producers engage in a series of breakfast meetings that are designed to spotlight each one of Canne’s Presenting Partners, while also showcasing the extraordinary work of their most promising producers.

As the sole U.S. Partner Organization for the Festival de Cannes Producers Network, The Gotham annually selects the U.S. fiction and nonfiction producers to participate. 

“Each of the 2024 Gotham/Cannes Producers Network Fellows has a unique track record of shepherding bold and compelling projects to the screen,” said Jeffrey Sharp, Executive Director of The Gotham Film & Media Institute. “In Cannes, we hope to further elevate their stellar careers through networking, education, and celebration of the art of film."

The program ran from May 15 to 20, concurrently with the Cannes Film Festival and the Marche du Film. The network is specifically designed for experienced producers to build up their international networks and learn more about international production, financing, legal and packaging.

Apoorva Charan is an LA based producer who was born in India, raised in Northern California, and started her career as a digital producer in Singapore. Her producorial feature debut, Joyland, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival (2022) and won the Un Certain Regard Jury Prize, the Queer Palm, and Best International Film at the Independent Spirit Awards (2023). Joyland was the first film from Pakistan to make the shortlist for the 95th Academy Awards and has screened at festivals around the world, including Sundance, TIFF, and BFI London Film Festival. Charan has produced multiple award- winning short films including Lonely Blue Night, which won the Audience Award for Best Short Film at AFI Fest 2020 and is available to stream on Max, 空间 Distance, which won Film Pipeline’s Best Film Award in 2020, and Interiors, which premiered at TIFF in 2018. She has also served on the jury for Palm Springs Short Film Festival.