Student Film From U of Texas Wins Cannes’ Cinefondation Prize

Student Film From U of Texas Wins Cannes' Cinefondation Prize

Annie Silverstein's “Skunk” lands a 15,000 Euro prize and guaranteed spot at Cannes for her first feature

Films from students at the University of Texas at Austin, NYU Asia and schools in Italy and the U.K. have won the top prizes in the Cinefondation competition at the Cannes Film Festival, a jury headed by director Abbas Kiarostami announced on Thursday.

The competition consisted of 16 student films chosen from a field of 1,631 entries.

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“Skunk,” by Annie Silverstein from UT Austin, won the first prize, which carries with it an award of 15,000 Euro. Second prize, which brings 11,250 Euro, went to “Oh Lucy!” from Atsuko Hirayanagi at the NYU Tisch School of the Arts Asia, in Singapore.

The third-place award, which includes a 7,500 Euro prize, went jointly to “Lievito Madre” by Fulvio Risuelo from Centrao Sperimentali di Cinematographia in Italy and “The Bigger Picture” by Daisy Jacobs from the National Film and Television School in the UK.

In addition, Silverstein's first feature film now has guaranteed entry to the Cannes Film Festival.

In addition to Kiarostami, jurors included writer-directors Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, Daniela Thomas and Joachim Trier, and writer-director-actress Noemie Lvovsky.

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The winners:

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:
“LIEVITO MADRE”
directed by Fulvio Risuleo
Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia, Italy

“THE BIGGER PICTURE”
directed by Daisy Jacobs
National Film and Television School, United Kingdom