Just being nominated in competition at major festival like Cannes is enough for a filmmaker to be recognised as an elite of the film fraternity. But then again, who doesn't want to win? So, time is approaching… Cannes Film Festival jury will announce winners of two of the most important categories tomorrow. Today, on the ninth day, more films from the different categories were screened. Although done in a casual manner, winners of Cinéfondation contest were announced. Some of the winners broke into tears as they received prize from Abbas Kiarostami. On another high note, Cannes' deputy and mayor, Bernard Brochand, welcomed members of the local and the international press through a lunch at the heart of the old town, Place de la Castre. But as Mother Nature would have it, today was the rainiest day of the festival, causing the event to be cancelled.
This year's Cinéfondation and Short Films Jury is headed by Abbas Kiarostami, and includes Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, Noémie Lvovsky, Daniela Thomas and Joachim Trier. They awarded the 2014 Cinéfondation Prizes during a ceremony held in the Buñuel Theatre, followed by the screening of the winning films. The Cinéfondation is a category that receives films from film-students around the world. This year, the selection consisted of 16 student films, chosen out of 1,631 entries coming from 457 film schools around the world.
First Prize was won by “Skunk”, directed by Annie Silverstein, from the University of Texas at Austin, USA. Second Prize went to “Oh Lucy!” directed by Atsuko Hirayanagi from NYU Tisch School of the Arts Asia, Singapore. There was a joint third prize: “Lievito Madre”, directed by Fulvio Risuleo from Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia, Italy and “The Bigger Picture”, directed by Daisy Jacobs of National Film and Television School, United Kingdom.
Two more films of the main competition were screened today: “Jimmy's Hall” by Ken Loach and “Mommy” by Xavier Dolan.
Editor of Star Showbiz Rafi Hossain, and sub-editor Zia Nazmul Islam are in the French Riviera City of Cannes for the 67th Cannes Film Festival, and will keep readers updated on this page, on events at the festival.