Among all the sections at the Cannes Film Festival the Directors’ Fortnight is the one that is really about the motion pictures themselves and not about competition. It’s the right place to find the most innovative and independent.minded pieces from the annual international production of fiction features, short films and documentaries.

The story of the section itself is interesting, too. It was created by the French Directors Guild in the wake of the events of May ’68. From then on the Directors’ Fortnight seeks to aid filmmakers and contribute to their discovery by the critics and audiences alike. In the seventies the program got engaged with the avant-garde, then it was all about European auteurs and nowadays it’s a place for the indies. A couple of directors whose first films were showcased at  the Directors’ Fortnight: George Lucas, Martin Scorsese, Jim Jarmusch, Spike Lee, Michael Haneke, Chantal Akerman and Sofia Coppola among others. Quite a list.

Another good thing about the Director’s Fortnight is that it is open for all audiences, so you don’t have to be an industry professional in order to get access to the screenings. If you happen to be in Cannes sometime from the 12 to 22 May, just take a look.

Focusing on the short film selection of the Director’s Fortnight this year it includes 14 pieces.   The pieces are eclectic in genre, directorial style and cinematic approach. We believe that these few are the most innovative, original and exciting films of all the shorts screened during the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.

Csicska by Attila Till

The complete list of the short films at the Director’s Fortnight section

Armand 15 ans l’été by Blaise Harrison (France)
Bielutin – Dans le jardin du temps by Clément Cogitore (France)
Boro In The Box by Bertrand Mandico (France)
Cigarette at Night by Duane Hopkins (United Kingdom)
Csicska by Attila Till (Hungary)
Demain, ça sera bien by Pauline Gay (France)
Fourplay: Tampa by Kyle Henry (U.S.A.)
Killing the Chickens to Scare the Monkeys by Jens Assur (Sweden, Thailand)
La Conduite de la Raison by Aliocha (France)
Las Palmas by Johannes Nyholm (Sweden)
Le Songe de Poliphile by Camille Henrot (France)
Mila Caos by Simon Paetau (Germany, Cuba)
Nuvem by Basil da Cunha (Portugal, Switzerland)
Vice Versa One by Shahrbanoo Sadat (Afghanistan)

Later on we will give you more detailed information about the different sections of the Cannes Film Festival including trailers and interviews. If you are hungry for shorts, here is a collection of some of the earlier winners of the Palme d’Or for a short-length piece, exclusively presented on Click here to watch them!