Cannes 2012: Russian Student Short Film Wins Top Cinefondation Award
Taisia Igumentseva won the first prize for "Doroga Na" ("The Road to"), with an NYU and a Cuban film also being honored.
Russian entry Doroga Na (The Road to), directed by Taisia Igumentseva, won the top award at the 15th Cinefondation Prizes for student short films.
The Cinefondation and Short Film jury, which oversees the sidebar of the Cannes Film Festival, was led by Jean-Pierre Dardenne and also included Arsinee Khanjian, Karim Ainouz, Emmanuel Carrere and Yu Lik-Wai.
The second prize went to U.S. film Abigail, directed by Matthew James Reilly of NYU, and Cuba's Miguel Angel Moulet won the third prize for Los Anfitriones (The Hosts).
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The films will receive €15,000 ($18,000), €11,250 ($13,500) and €7,500 ($9,000), respectively. The first prize winner is also guaranteed that her first feature film will be presented at the Festival de Cannes.
The winners were announced at a ceremony held in the city's Bunuel Theatre, followed by the screening of the winning films.
The Cinefondation selection this year consisted of 15 student films, chosen out of nearly 1,700 entries.