'Anthem' sung for Cinefondation honor


CANNES -- Hou Hsiao-hsien's Cinefondation jury sung a song of praise to Israeli director Elad Keidan's "Himnon" (Anthem), giving the student film from the Sam Spiegel Film & TV School the Cinefondation's top prize.

The jury -- which also included French director Olivier Assayas, Danish director Suzanne Bier, Gallic actress Marina Hands and MoMA Curator Laurence Kardish -- awarded second prize to Claire Burger's "Forbach," made at France's famed La Femis film school.

Third prize was shared by South Korean Park Jae-ok's "Stop," from the Korean Academy of Film Arts, and Juho Kuosmanen's "Kestomerkitsijat" ("Roadmarkers") from the University of Art and Design in Helsinki, Finland.

The winners were chosen from 17 films selected from Asia, Europe, North America and South America; more than 1,200 films were submitted.