The Festival de Cannes unveiled nine short films that will compete for its short film Palme d'Or on closing night May 22nd. The section is composed of unreleased work, that the festival pointed out, has resulted in the discovery of a number of auteur directors including Jane Campion and Xavier Giannoli.
Directors who are in this year's Official Selection such as Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Lynne Ramsay and Catalin Mitulescu had previously debuted work in Cannes' short film competition. This year's group come from nine different countries in what the festival describes as a " great variety of cinematographic concepts, differing in style, genre, length and national origin."
Director Michel Gondry will preside over this year's shorts jury. Last year, "Barking Island" by Serge Avédikian received the shorts Palme d'Or. [Yesterday's announcement of the Critics Week selection can be found here.]
The 2011 Cannes short films competition with information provided by the festival:
"Ghost," directed by Ma Dahci, 10 min. (South Korea)
"Badpakje 46," directed by Wannes Destoop, 15 min. (Belgium)
"Soy Tan Feliz," directed by Vladimir Durán, 14 min. (Argentina)
"Bear," directed by Nash Edgerton, 8 min. (Australia)
"Kjøttsår," directed by Lisa Marie Gamlem, 11 min. (Norway)
"Meathead," directed by San Holst, 10 min. (New Zealand)
"Ce n'est Rien," directed by Nicolas Roy, 14 min. (Canada)
"Paternal Womb," directed by Megumi Tazaki, 15 min. (Japan)
"Cross," directed by Maryna Vroda, 14 min. (France)