The prestigious Cannes Film Festival organises several short film competitions, but we know very little about the whole process behind the Official Short Film Selection:
This year, the Cannes Film Festival received around 3500 shorts under 15’, representing productions from no fewer than 132 countries.
An 8-member selection committee screens all of the submissions and decides on a shortlist of around 20 to 30 titles, of which the selection committee chooses the final 9 or 10 to be screened at the festival.
The whole selection process starts early January and lasts until the beginning of April.
9 films will compete in 2013 for the Short Film Palme d’Or, to be awarded by Jane Campion, President of the Jury, at the Closing Ceremony of the 66th Festival de Cannes on 26th May.
The jury members are: Jane Campion, film director (New Zealand) – President; Maji-da Abdi – actress, director, producer (Ethiopia); Nicoletta Braschi – actress, producer (Italy); Nandita Das – actress, director (India); Semih Kaplanoğlu – director, writer, producer (Turkey).
For the first time, a Palestinian film will take part in the Short Film Competition.
This year, the first feature by Chloé Robichaud, Sarah Would Rather Run from Canada has been invited to the Un Certain Regard section of the festival – Chloé was in competition last year with her short film Herd Leader.
There is no particular genre or theme Cannes is looking for – they try to find the filmmakers of the future through the qualities of a film.
The Official Selection aims to launch careers: some examples are Jane Campion, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Xavier Giannoli, Lynne Ramsay, and Antonio Campo.