At Cannes today, the Cinéfondation and Short Films Jury announced the 2013 Cinéfondation Prizes in a ceremony held at the Buñuel Theater. The first prize went to Anahita Ghazvinizadeh, a student at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, for her short film "Needle," which follows a young girl who is going to get her ears pierced. In addition to a €15,000 cash prize, Ghazvinizadeh is also promised the opportunity to show her first feature film at Cannes in the future.
The second prize was awarded to "Waiting For The Thaw," directed by Sarah Hirtt, a student at INSAS in Belgium.
The third prize was shared between Tudor Cristian Jurgiu of Romania's UNATC and Matúš Vizár of Czech Republic's FAMU for their respective films "In the Fishbowl" and "Pandas."
Now in its 16th year, the Cinéfondation has continually devoted itself to supporting and championing filmmakers of the next generation. This year's selection was comprised of 18 student films, which were chosen out of over 1500 entries from 277 film schools around the world. Jane Campion headed the jury.