Cannes: Cinefondation Selection Winner Announced

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"Skunk" topped the competition of 16 student films.

As the Cannes Film Festival winds down, the 17th Cinefondation Selection winners were announced May 22, with the top prize going to Skunk, by University of Texas at Austin student Annie Silverstein.
The Cinefondation and Short Films Jury, headed by Abbas Kiarostami and including Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, Noemie Lvovsky, Daniela Thomas and Joachim Trier, awarded the 2014 Cinefondation prizes during a ceremony held in the Bunuel Theatre, followed by the screening of the winning films.

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The Cinefondation Selection comprised 16 student films chosen out of 1,631 entries coming from 457 film schools around the world.

First Prize: Skunk, directed by Annie Silverstein, the University of Texas at Austin, USA
Second Prize: Oh Lucy!, directed by Atsuko Hirayanagi, NYU Tisch School of the Arts Asia, Singapore
Joint Third Prize: Lievita 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 first-prize winner, who is guaranteed that his first feature film will be presented at the Festival de Cannes, received a prize of €15,000 ($20,477).