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Cannes 2012: Cinéfondation Announces Winning Short Films from Russia, U.S. and Cuba

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood May 25, 2012 at 11:58AM

The Cinéfondation and Short Film Jury at Cannes, led by Jean-Pierre Dardenne ("The Kid with the Bike") has named its first, second and third place winners. Russian Taisia Igumentseva's "Doroga Na" ("The Road To") took the top prize...
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"Abigail"
"Abigail"

The Cinéfondation and Short Film Jury at Cannes, led by Jean-Pierre Dardenne ("The Kid with the Bike") has named its first, second and third place winners. Russian Taisia Igumentseva's "Doroga Na" ("The Road To") took the top prize (clip), which also guarantees that her first feature film will be screened at the festival. In second was American Matthew James Reilly's "Abigail" (trailer below) followed by Cuba's "Los Anfitriones" ("The Hosts") from Miguel Angel Moulet. Fifteen shorts played in the selection, and the winners were chosen by Dardenne and his jury of Arsinée Khanjian, Karim Aïnouz, Emmanuel Carrère and Yu Lik-Wai. Details below:

First Prize (€15,000):
DOROGA NA (The Road to)
directed by Taisia Igumentseva
VGIK, Russia
 
Second Prize (€11,250):
ABIGAIL
directed by Matthew James Reilly
NYU, USA
 
Third Prize (€7,500):
LOS ANFITRIONES (The Hosts)
directed by Miguel Angel Moulet
EICTV, Cuba
 

This article is related to: Cannes, Festivals, Shorts, Short Film


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.