Cannes Film Festival: there will be a Palme d’Or 2020

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To everyone’s astonishment, the Cannes Film Festival announced this Friday, June 19, that it will indeed award a Palme d’Or: the competition will take place in the fall and will only concern the eleven short films selected.

Here, as every year, is the Official Selection of short films that will compete in the 2020 Competition at the Cannes Film Festival. With a certain audacity, the biggest cinema meeting in the world sent its press release this Friday, June 19 around 2 p.m. So, after canceling the competition for feature films, creating a “Cannes 2020” label instead, and explaining for weeks why it doesn’t make sense to maintain the competition and the Palme d’Or ritual, the organizers are today pleased to declare : “The Short Film Competition, at the end of which the Palme d’or will be awarded by the Jury, will take place next fall, in Cannes, in the Palais des Festivals. The date of the event, as well as the composition of the Jury, will be announced very soon. »

This year, 3,810 filmmakers from 137 countries submitted their short films. Among the eleven directors in the running, Africa stands out with Sameh Alaa from Egypt, with I am afraid to forget your face. The only animated film is made in France, directed by Marie Jacotey and Lola Halifa-Legrand: Blue girls, white fear. Theo Montoya from Colombia was selected with his documentary Son of Sodom. And even a film from Mongolia is part of this selection that will go down in history: Lkhagvadulam Purev-Ochir will present Shiluus.

With regard to gender parity, the Festival highlights the fact that there are five female directors among the lucky winners and that the short film selection committee is made up of six women and five men.

The eleven films in the running for the Palme d’or for short films at the 2020 Cannes Film Festival

– Sameh ALAA (Egypt) I AM AFRAID TO FORGET YOUR FACE 15′ – Egypt, France, Belgium, Qatar

– Marie JACOTEY & Lola HALIFA-LEGRAND (France) BLUE GIRLS, WHITE FEAR, Animation – 10′ – France

– Evi KALOGIROPOULOU (Greece) MOTORWAY65 14′ – Greece

– Sophie LITTMAN (United Kingdom) SUDDEN LIGHT 14′ – United Kingdom

– Theo MONTOYA (Colombia) SON OF SODOM Documentary – 15′ – Colombia, Argentina


– David PINHEIRO VICENTE (Portugal) O CORDEIRO DE DEUS (THE LAMB OF GOD) 15′ – Portugal, France

– Lkhagvadulam PUREV-OCHIR (Mongolia) SHILUUS 13′ – Mongolia, United Kingdom

– Paul SHKORDOFF (Canada) BENJAMIN, BENNY, BEN 7′ – Canada

– Leonardo VAN DIJL (Belgium) STEPHANIE 15′ – Belgium

– Zachary WOODS (USA) DAVID 11′ – USA

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Cannes Film Festival: there will be a Palme d’Or 2020