Through its Next Step programme, La Semaine de la Critique guides the short-film directors who were selected for the competition towards their first feature film. Next Step – a 5-day workshop held in France in December – was created in collaboration with the TorinoFilmLab. During the workshop, the filmmakers have the opportunity to discuss their projects with international experts and tutors so that they may be advised on their scripts, to understand the reality of the industry and define the right development strategy. Furthermore, a half-day session is dedicated to film music to encourage the participants to both better understand the work that goes into music composition for films and start thinking about the music for their feature film projects. In partnership with the Moulin d’Andé-Céci, Next Step is supported by the CNC, the SACEM and the SACD.  

Previous edition: Ian Barling in Bratislava

Joseph Pierce

Joseph Pierce

Filmmaker and Animator


Joseph is a multi-award winning filmmaker and animator based in London. Upon graduating from the National Film and Television School he was featured in Screen International’s “Stars of Tomorrow”. His short films have toured internationally, winning over 40 prizes. He’s worked extensively in theatre and live events, including collaborations with the Met Opera NYC, Royal Opera House and the National Theatre. His latest short Scale, which premiered in Cannes 2022, has screened in over 100 international film festivals, winning a number of awards including the Prix du Public at Clermont Ferrand, the Jury Prize at Bucheon Animation Festival, Best Animation at Hollyshorts and the Meilleur court-métrage at Les Arcs Film Festival.


How the Dead Live

Lily Bloom is dying, slowly. As she leaves this world she discovers she’s made an enormous boo boo, not only does the afterlife exist, it’s in Dullston, an obscure borough of London. As Lily discovers limbo is made up of her own mistakes, failures, bad habits and fears, she sets out on a mission to be reunited with her two living children, or risk being stuck in purgatory (or the suburbs) forever. 


Nadja Dumouchel

Nadja Dumouchel

Script writer and story editor

Nadja Dumouchel is a script writer and story editor based in Berlin and Paris. She currently co-writes several international feature films, the series « Berliners » together with scriptwriter Nicolas Ducray, produced by La Onda (Paris), as well as documentary and short film projects. She collaborated on the script of “Sons of Ramses” by Clément Cogitore that premiered at Semaine de la Critique in 2022 and wrote the documentary series « Art Stories », broadcasted by ARTE in 2019. Nadja studied visual culture, literature and cinema in Brighton, Berlin and Valencia. She was trained as a story editor at Torino Film Lab in 2012 and has since then been working on scripts from all over the world. She is consulting and tutoring for various filmlabs and co-founded « La Scénaristerie » in 2014, a development hub for screenwriters based in Paris. She previously worked as a commissioning editor for ARTE. Since 2020 she teaches script writing and dramaturgy at Filmuniversität Konrad Wolf in Babelsberg, Germany.

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