The Cannes Film Festival is not only about red carpet events, big Hollywood stars and well-known European auteurs showcasing their latest works. Cannes is also a festival for young filmmakers and the short film format. The prestigious Short Film Competition discovers new talents year after year. Jane Campion, the director of Bright Star and The Piano, or the Brit auteur Lynne Ramsay known for Morvern Callar all drew notice when they made their debuts with a short film in the Cannes competition.

This year’s official selection includes nine films from nine different countries. In the list of short films running for the Palme d’Or a full panorama of the short film world can be seen from South Korea through Argentina to Norway or the hosting France. Furthermore the 2011 competition brings together a great variety of cinematographic concepts, differing in style, genre and length. The jury president is Michel Gondry who will award the Short Film Palme d’Or at the closing ceremony on May 22nd.

Michel Gondry

Here is the festival’s list for the Short Film Competition:

– Ma Dahci – Ghost (South Korea)
– Wannes Destoop – Badpakje 46 (Belgium)
– Vladimir Durán – Soy Tan Feliz (Argentina)
– Nash Edgerton – Bear (Australia)
– Lisa Marie Gamlem – KjØttsår (Norway)
– Sam Holst – Meathead (New Zealand)
– Nicolas Roy – Ce N’est Rien (Canada)
– Megumi Tazaki – Paternal Womb (Japan)
– Maryna Vroda – Cross (France)

Later on we will give you more detailed information and present interviews with the participants during the Festival. Until then here is a collection of some of the earlier winners of the Palme d’Or awarded in the Short Film Competition, exclusively presented on Click here to check them out!