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Iran Short Film Wins 2nd Prize at Cannes Cinefondation
Iran Short Film Wins 2nd Prize at Cannes Cinefondation

Iran Short Film Wins 2nd Prize at Cannes Cinefondation

This year’s selection comprised 16 student films chosen out of 2,600 entries from 626 film schools around the world

Iran Short Film Wins 2nd Prize at Cannes Cinefondation

A short film from Iran ‘AniMal’ (in Persian: Heyvan), won the second prize of the 20th Cinefondation competition at the 70th edition of Cannes Festival held from May 17-28.
The Cinefondation and Short Films is dedicated to student short films made at film schools. Its jury headed by Romanian filmmaker Cristian Mungiu, 49, winner of the Palme d’Or in 2007, announced the 2017 Cinefondation Prizes during a ceremony held at Bunuel Theater in Cannes, where the winning films were screened.
Also on the jury were French actress Clotilde Hesme, Greek director Athina Rachel Tsangari, American film director and writer Barry Jenkins and Singaporean director and producer Eric Khoo, according to cinefondation.com.
This year’s selection comprised 16 student films chosen out of 2,600 entries from 626 film schools around the world.

  Winners
The first prize of €15,000, went to ‘Paul is Here’ (Paul est la) from Costa Rica’s Valentina Maurel, a student at Belgium’s INSAS (Institut National Superieur des arts du Spectacle et des Techniques de Diffusion), a film and theater school founded in 1962.
Her film tells the story of a girl whose life is turned upside down by the reappearance of Paul, an old flame. Paul moves in for a few days, but it is not clear why he is back.
The second prize of €11,250 went to the 15-minute short film ‘AniMal’ made by Iranian brothers Bahram and Bahman Ark, from Iranian National School of Cinema.
Depicting the indignities of migration, the film shows a man who tries to cross a border area, in the guise of a ram.
The third prize of €7,500, went to ‘Two Youths Died’ directed by French director and screenwriter Tommaso Usberti from the state film school of La Femis in Paris.
Usberti’s film is narrated from two perspectives and set in a rural location.
The awarded films will be screened at the Cinema du Pantheon in Paris on May 30 at 7 pm. All the films of the Cinefondation selection will be screened at the Cinematheque Francaise, a Paris-based organization that holds one of the largest archives of film documents and film-related objects in the world, on May 31 and June 1.
Cinefondation was created to inspire and support the next generation of international filmmakers.
It selects shorts and medium-length films presented by film schools from all over the world and serves as parallel section of the Official Selection of Cannes Film Festival.

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