The Cinéfondation and Short Films Jury headed by Abbas Kiarostami and including Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, Noémie Lvovsky, Daniela Thomas and Joachim Trier, has awarded the 2014 Cinéfondation Prizes during a ceremony held in the Buñuel Theatre, followed by the screening of the winning films.
The Cinéfondation Selection consisted of 16 student films, chosen out of 1 631 entries coming from 457 film schools around the world.

SKUNK When her pit bull is stolen by an aspiring dogfighter, Leila is forced to stand up for herself, at the cost of her own innocence.

To illustrate better the relationship between directors and their work, the fillmmakers whose short films have been selected for the Cinéfondation were asked to draw spontaneously something about their film.

First Prize:
SKUNK directed by Annie Silverstein
the University of Texas at Austin, USA

Setsuko, a 55-year-old single 'office lady' in Tokyo, is given a blonde wig and a new identity, “Lucy,” by her young unconventional English teacher. “Lucy” awakens desires Setsuko never knew she had. When the teacher suddenly disappears, Setsuko must come to terms with what remains – herself.

Second Prize:
OH LUCY! directed by Atsuko Hirayanagi
NYU Tisch School of the Arts Asia, Singapore

 

Fulvio Risuelo

Joint Third Prize: 
LIEVITO MADRE directed by Fulvio Risuleo
Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia, Italy

Joint Third Prize: 
THE BIGGER PICTURE directed by Daisy Jacobs
National Film and Television School, United Kingdom

The awarded films will receive €15,000 for the First Prize, €11,250 for the Second and €7,500 for the Third.
The First Prize winner is also guaranteed that his first feature film will be presented at the Festival de Cannes.

Watch the trailers of the Cinéfondation films on Daazo!