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Cannes Announces 2012 Short Film Selection: 'The Chair,' 'Night Shift,' 'Yardbird,' 'Souffle,' 'Silent' & More

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood April 17, 2012 at 11:40AM

The official selection of short films competing at Cannes is listed below. The Cinéfondation and Short Films Jury, over which Jean-Pierre Dardenne resides, will reward the best films from the Short Film Competition and the Cinéfondation Selection. Cannes will announce its main competition feature selections April 19.
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The Chair

The official selection of short films competing at Cannes is listed below. The Cinéfondation and Short Films Jury, over which Jean-Pierre Dardenne resides, will reward the best films from the Short Film Competition and the Cinéfondation Selection. Cannes will announce its main competition feature selections April 19.

Ten films were selected from 4,500 submissions to compete for the 2012 Short Film Palme d'Or; Syria and Puerto Rico are both represented for the first time. The US is represented with one film, Grainger David's "The Chair," which won the narrative Jury Award at SXSW (pictured; trailer below).

Alvaro Aponte-Centeno, "MI SANTA MIRADA" Puerto Rico 15’

Eicke Bettinga, "GASP" ("SOUFFLE") Germany 15’

Mohamed Bourokba (dit/aka Hamé), "CE CHEMIN DEVANT MOI" France 15’

Bassam Chekhes, "FALASTEIN, SANDOUK AL INTEZAR LIL BURTUQAL" ("WAITING FOR P.O BOX") Syria 15’

Grainger David, "THE CHAIR" United States 12’

Zia Mandivwalla, "NIGHT SHIFT" New-Zealand 14’

Chloé Robichaud, "CHEF DE MEUTE" Canada 13’

Michael Spiccia, "YARDBIRD" Australia 13'

Emilie Verhamme, "COCKAIGNE" Belgium 13’

L.Rezan Yesilbas, "SESSIZ-BE DENG" ("SILENT") Turkey 14’

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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.