Earlier today in Cannes, awards were announced for the student films in the Cinéfondation Selection at a ceremony at the Buñuel Theatre, with Finland’s Juho Kuosmanen taking the top prize (15,000 €) for “Taulukauppiaat” (The Painting Sellers). Second place (11,250 €) went to France’s Vincent Cardona for “Coucou-Les-Nuages” (Anywhere Out of the World), while two films shared third place (7,500 €), NYU’s Vatche Boulghourjian’s “Hinkerort Zorasune” (The Fifth Column) and Serbian Dane Komljen’s “Ja Vec Jesam Sve Ono Sto Zelim Da Imam” (I Already Am Everything I Want to Have).
Out of 1500 submissions, 13 student films from Asia, Europe, North America, and South America were under consideration by the Cinéfondation and Short Films Jury, led by Canadian director Atom Egoyan, and also including directors Carlos Diegues and Marc Recha and actresses Emmanuelle Devos and Dinara Droukarova.
Egoyan, in a prepared statement, noted: “The jury was extremely impressed with the quality of the selection, particularly the excellence of the directors’ work with actors. All the films strove to find unique ways of harnessing cinematographic vision with delicate and often haunting performances.” [Basil Tsiokos]