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the 19.04.2011 at 12:00 AM

The Festival de Cannes is also a festival for young filmmakers and the short film format. In its desire to showcase young talent, the world’s biggest film event renews its commitment and faith in the future of cinema every year. In an additional initiative regrouped around Cannes Short Films, the Short Film Competition and the Short Film Corner reveal emerging talent in a full panorama dedicated to the short film format.

The 2011 Short Film Competition
The Short Film Competition, composed of previously unreleased works, has in the past led to the discovery of more than one auteur director who has gone on to achieve fame: Jane CAMPION or Xavier GIANNOLI, for instance, as well as Nuri Bilge CEYLAN, Lynne RAMSAY and Catalin MITULESCU, who are in the 2011 Official Selection, all drew notice when they made their debuts with a short film in the Cannes competition.
Completing the list of the Official Selection of the 64th Festival de Cannes, and composed this year of nine films from nine different countries, the 2011 competition brings together a great variety of cinematographic concepts, differing in style, genre, length and national origin.

List of the short films selected in competition


Dahci Ma GHOST  South Korea 10’
Wannes Destoop BADPAKJE 46 Belgium 15’
Vladimir Durán  SOY TAN FELIZ Argentina/Colombia 14’
Nash Edgerton BEAR Australia  8’
Lisa Marie Gamlem KJØTTSÅR Norway 11’
Sam Holst   MEATHEAD New Zealand 10’
Nicolas Roy CE N’EST RIEN Canada 14’
Megumi Tazaki PATERNAL WOMB Japan 15’
Maryna Vroda CROSS France/Ukrain 14’

Presided over by filmmaker Michel Gondry, the jury will award the Short Film Palme d’Or at the Closing Ceremony on 22nd May.
Last year, Barking Island by Serge Avédikian was awarded the prize and has since met with great international acclaim.

The Short Film Corner

To round out the offering of short films and give the greatest possible number of emerging filmmakers access to the Festival de Cannes, the Short Film Corner was created in 2004 to offer producers and directors the opportunity to present their films and engage in meetings and initiatives that could be decisive for their future careers. Gathered in a single location in the heart of the Palais des Festivals, the Short Film Corner facilitates access to short films and offers an annual programme that can be tailored to individual needs, combining workshops and conferences. This year again, registrations from around the world reveal a growing interest in the short film format, with over 1,900 films registered, representing every continent.
In 2011, the Festival has created Cannes Court Métrage, which combines the Short Film Competition and the Short Film Corner, to foster the promotion of short films. Designed as a showcase for films and a meeting place for directors, producers and international buyers, Cannes Short Films will provide professionals with a complete panorama of young creative talent from around the world.

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