The Short Film Competition and Cinéfondation jury headed by Michel Gondry has announced the winners of the 64th Festival de Cannes. The winner of the Short Film Competition and consequently the Short Film Palme d’Or is Cross by Maryna Vroda. The film is a French-Ukrainian co-production and is based on the author’s childhood memories of lessons at an open-air school. Cross takes place in the middle of a forest and presents a strange, surrealistic version of an educational institution in a no name country of the former USSR. With its strong atmosphere Cross deserved the prize. Congratulations!

Maryna Vroda

The Jury Prize goes to Badpakje 46 by Wannes Destoop from Belgium. Badpakje 46 is about a teenage girl, who is having a hard time finding her way through life. Only in the local pool, where she is training intensively for an upcoming swimming competition, does she truly feel at home. But when she needs a new pair of goggles, things don’t go as smoothly as planned and she uses every means to get hold of them. Read our interview with the director here!

The Cinéfondation with its student films is also a part of the Official Selection and the jury awards a prize to the best three works. The 1st Prize of the Cinéfondation goes to Der Brief directed by Doroteya Droumeva. It focuses on Maja who discovers she is pregnant. The film explores the situation from her point of view, drawing us in as she tries to decipher what is happening.

Die Brief

The 2nd Prize is awarded to Kamal Lazraq’s Drari, a chronicle of a friendship between two young men coming from opposite social backgrounds in Casablanca. Check out Q&A with the director here!

The winner of the 3rd Prize of the Cinéfondation is Son Tae-gym for his film Ya-Gan-Bi-Hang (Fly By Night). The short is about a boy whose only family is his elder brother and is forced to have sex with a man for money. Caught short of cash, the man suggests they meet again the following day and asks for his number. But the boy’s cell phone has been confiscated by his brother who won’t give it back. You can read our interview with the director by clicking here.

Find more interviews with the competing directors and articles about the World of Shorts in our Cannes 2011 Special Edition!