Organisers of this year's Critics' Week at the Cannes Film Festival on Monday announced its 2014 line-up for the event dedicated to discovering new talent.
With a jury of international journalists headed by director Andrea Arnold of Britain, the May 15-23 Critics' Week runs along alongside the main Cannes Film Festival (May 15-24).
Seven feature films on themes ranging from love to the quest for identity will compete to succeed last year's "Salvo" by Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza for the honour, delegate general Charles Tesson told AFP.
The prize has provided breakthrough recognition for the likes of Mexico's Guillermo del Toro and his compatriot Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Gaspar Noe of Argentina and Jeff Nichols of the United States.
Arnold's "Wasp" won an Oscar for best short film in 2003 she scooped up the two jury prizes in Cannes for her first two feature-length films, "Red Road" (2006) and "Fish Tank" (2009).
Her "Wuthering Heights" was screened at the Venice Film Festival in 2011.