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Cannes: AFI Directing Workshop for Women Student Wins Cinéfondation’s Top Prize

Cannes: AFI Directing Workshop for Women Student Wins Cinéfondation's Top Prize

A jury led by “Timbuktu” director Abderrahmane Sissako awarded the €15,000 top prize in the Cinéfondation Competition Friday to Pippa Bianco, of the AFI’s Directing Workshop for Women, for her short film, “Share.” Hers was among 18 student films, selected from 593 entries, to screen in the Cinéfondation section this year.

An Indiewire “Project of the Day” last year, “Share” stars Taissa Farmiga (“American Horror Story”) as a 15-year-old girl who returns to school after someone shares an explicit video of her. In addition to the cash prize, the award comes with a guarantee that Bianco’s first feature will be presented at Cannes. This year’s jury also included Cécile de France, Joana Hadjithomas, Daniel Olbrychski, and
Rebecca Zlotowski. The 593 entries represent 381 films schools worldwide. Read the full list of winners and watch a teaser trailer for “Share” below:

First Prize (€15,000)
“Share,” directed by Pippa Bianco
AFI’s Directing Workshop for Women, USA

Second Prize (€11,250)
“Locas Perdidas,” directed by Ignacio Juricic Merillán
Carrera de Cine y TV Universidad de Chile, Chile

Joint Third Prize (€7,500)
“The Return of Erkin,” directed by Maria Guskova
High Courses for Scriptwriters and Film Directors, Russia

“Victor XX,” directed by Ian Garrido López
ESCAC, Spain

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