Just two days before Thierry Fremaux is to reveal the competition slate for this year’s Cannes Film Festival, the organization released the short film and Cinefondation selections late Tuesday.
The short film committee made their selections out of 3,500 submissions from 132 countries this year. The nine films will compete for the Short Film Palme d’Or, which will be awarded by jury president Jane Campion at the closing ceremony on May 26.
Ali Asgari’s More Than Two Hours (Iran), Gudmundur Arnar Gudmundsson’s Whale Valley (Iceland, Denmark), Omoi Sasaki’s The Metorite and Impotence (Japan), Gilles Coulier’s Mont Blanc (Belgium), Elzbieta Benkowska’sOlena (Poland), Annarita Zambrano’s Ophelia (France), Byounggon Moon’s Safe (South Korea) and Adriano Valerio’s37º 4 S (France). It also marks the first time a Palestinian film is in competition, with Mohammed and Ahmad Abou Nasser’sCondom Lead.
The 18 Cinefondation Selections were also announced, after being selected from 1550 submissions from 277 film schools around the world. The 18 films encompass 14 fiction films and 4 animated films.
The selections are: Evgeny Byalo’s The Norm of Life (Russia), Ana Caro’s The Magnificent Lion Boy(UK), Eliska Chytkova’s Ham Story (Czech Republic), Nvaia Danesh’s Duet (Iran), Gan de Lange’sBabaga (Israel), Anahita Ghazvinizadeh’s Needle (USA), Sarah Hirtt’s Waiting for the Thaw(Belgium), Alejandro Iglesias Mendizabal’s Fabl of a Blood Drained Girl (Mexico), Joey Izzo’sStepsister (USA), Zhi Wei Jow’s After the Winter (France), Tudor Christian Jurgiu’s In the Fishbowl(Romania), Soo-Jin Kim’s The Line (South Korea), Camila Luna Toledo’s Asuncion (Chile), Jefferson Moneo’s Going South (USA), Malgorzat Zanek’s Dance Macabre (Poland), Sebastian Schjaer’sTomorrow All The Things (Argentina), Vladilen Viery’s Exile (France) and Matus Vizar’s Pandas(Czech Republic).
The Cinefondation prizes will be awarded in a special ceremony on May 24.
Source: Hollywood Reporter