The winners of the 20th Cinéfondation Selection at the Festival de Cannes

The winners of the 2017 Cinéfondation. Photo: © Mathilde Petit / FDCThe First Prize is for ‘Paul Is Here’ (Belgium), directed by Valentina Maurel.

CANNES. The Cinéfondation and Short Films Jury headed by Cristian Mungiu and including Clotilde Hesme, Athina Rachel Tsangari, Barry Jenkins and Eric Khoo, has awarded the 2017 Cinéfondation Prizes during a ceremony held in the Buñuel Theatre, followed by the screening of the winning films, announced

The Cinéfondation Selection consisted of 16 student films, chosen out of 2 600 entries coming from 626 film schools around the world.

First Prize

PAUL EST LÀ (Paul Is Here)
directed by Valentina Maurel
INSAS, Belgium

Second Prize

directed by Bahram & Bahman Ark
Iranian National School of Cinema, Iran

Third Prize

directed by Tommaso Usberti
La Fémis, France


The Cinéfondation allocates a €15,000 grant for the First Prize, €11,250 for the Second and €7,500 for the Third.

The winner of the First Prize is also guaranteed the presentation of his/her first feature film at the Festival de Cannes.

Rerun in Paris

The awarded films will be screened at the Cinéma du Panthéon on May 30th at 7 p.m. All the films of the Cinéfondation selection will be screened at the Cinémathèque française on May 31st and June 1st.

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