Submitting a film is simple, but competing with 4,500 other submissions for one of ten available spots is the tricky part. But once you jump that hurdle, all eyes are on the festival’s highest prize awarded, the Short Film Palme d’Or, A.K.A. the Golden Palm.
The Cinéfondation Selection is comprised of fifteen films selected from film schools all over the world. This year had more than 1,700 submissions from 320 schools. This year also marks the debut of a Lebanese school making it into the selection.
Filmmaker Jean-Pierre Dardenne will act as chair of the festival’s jury for both shorts and student films. The coveted Short Film Palme d’Or will be presented on May 27th, while prizes for The Cinéfondation will be given out two days ahead of the closing ceremony.
Official Selection Spotlight: One of the Official Selection shorts from American filmmaker Grainger David has received a lot of attention for his film The Chair. It took home the Short Film Jury Prize at SXSW this year. The story revolves around a young boy and his response to a mysterious outbreak of poisonous mold invading his small town and the effects it has on his family.
On top of the short film selections, there will be a program known as the Short Film Corner, so if you’re a producer or director whose film did not make it in, then you have another great opportunity to showcase your work with other filmmakers and get some valuable screen time. In 2011, this event had more than 1,900 registered films and 29,700 views. It’s a great avenue for getting your film exposed to industry professionals and of course networking with other filmmakers.
To view all of the Short Film Selections, check out Indiewire.
And if you have some spare time, take a look at the trailer for Grainger David’s The Chair.