Just a few hours before the announcement of the Official Selection of the 71st Cannes Film Festival, the short films competing for the Palm d’Or and the Cinéfondation awards have already been unveiled. This year, the selection committee received 3.943 short films, but only 7 fiction and 1 animation shorts made the cut. The films come from Australia, China, France, Iran, Japan, Philippines, Poland, and USA. The awards will be bestowed by a jury headed by Bertrand Bonello during the closing ceremony on May 19.
For the 2018 edition of the Cinéfondation, 17 films (14 live-actions and 3 animations) made the cut among the 2.426 submitted by film schools from all over the world. Four continents are represented in the selection, divided into 14 countries. Italy is present thanks to Così in terra by Pier Lorenzo Pisano, a student from the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia. It is also worth noticing the significant presence of female directors: 12 out of 22 selected filmmakers. The Cinéfondation jury will assign three awards during a dedicated ceremony on May 17.