Cannes: Claire Denis Named President of Student and Short Films Jury


As reported in an article by The Hollywood Reporter, French filmmaker Claire Denis will be heading the jury for Cannes Film Festival’s Cinéfondation student and short films competition.

Cinéfondation selects 15–20 short and student films each year for its competition. The section was launched in 2000 by past president Gilles Jacob, who still heads up the selection, and focuses on seeking out new talent from film schools around the world.

The Cinéfondation awards selection was created back in 1998 and launched in 2000 under Gilles Jacob, who previously served as president and continues to head the selection oversight. The foundation selects 15-20 student and short films from film schools across the globe each year for contention. This initiative looks to create a viable landscape of opportunity for new crops of talent film. Young filmmakers have the chance to get their work funded and backed. Denis will now lead the jury for this year’s selections.

As the Cinéfondation site expresses in a press release:

Claire Denis has occupied a unique place in contemporary cinema for more than 30 years. She has directed a compelling body of work, including 13 feature films, four of which were screened in the Festival de Cannes’s Official Selection. A true adventurer, she has established her taste for observation and experimentation throughout her artistic journeys, navigating between introspection and openness to the world.

Denis has had her films screen at Cannes in the past. These include “Un beau soleil intérieur,” which one that year’s Director’s Fortnight prize, “Les salauds” and 1988’s Palm d’Or nominated “Chocolat.” Denis’ latest film, the R-rated science fiction drama, “High Life” comes out in theaters April 12. It stars Robert Pattinson, Mia Goth, Juliette Binoche and André Benjamin.

Cannes Film Festival runs from May 14-25 in France. Filmmaker Alejandro González Iñárritu leads the Competition Jury, with Un Certain Regard Jury chaired by Lebanese filmmaker Nadine Labaki.

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