70 years of refinement in the art of organizing an International Film Festival. That is what Cannes Film Festival is.
The appointment of Jury Presidents, selection of films in official sections and sidebar events, the events surrounding the festival, like master classes – the very announcements have an unfailing rhythm that the long time participants of the festival never miss. They all know with certainty what to expect when till it leads to the opening of the Festival itself.
Official selections, read, for the all-important Competition, out of Competition and Uncertain Regard, will be announced tomorrow at 11 A.M. Paris time. But, like a trailer, Cannes unveiled today the list of short films which will compete for Palm d’Or in that category.
Eight films from France, Philippines, USA, Iran, Poland, Japan, China and Australia have been selected from out of 3943 entries. So, that is the scale of selection. The award winner from these eight films will be announced on the 19th of May, 2018 by the Jury headed by the French filmmaker Bertrand Bonello. This Jury will also select the award winners from the Cinefondation Selections, a selection from films submitted by film schools from all over the world.
“The Cinéfondation Selection has chosen 17 films this year (14 live-action and 3 animated films), from among the 2,426 submitted by film schools all over the world. Fourteen countries on four continents will be represented. Twelve of the twenty-two directors selected for this program are women.
“The jury will hand over the three Cinéfondation prizes at a ceremony preceding the screening of the awarded films on Thursday 17th May, in the Buñuel Theatre”.
What do we expect from these young, unknown film makers of the future? Bertrand Bonello beautifully observed, “Let them shake us up, let them make us look at what we are unable to see, let them enjoy the freedom, the sharpness, the recklessness and the daring that we sometimes no longer possess…”
Neither look for any Indian connection in these selections nor fret over its non-presence.