Jean-Pierre Dardenne To Preside Over Cannes Cinéfondation & Short Film Jury

Cannes Film Festival stalwarts Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne are likely to be in the main competition again this year for producing Cristian Mungiu’s Beyond The Hills, a near-certain lock for a slot. In the meantime, Jean-Pierre and a jury of 5 will judge the Cinéfondation and short films in selection. Cinéfondation pics hail from film school students and three are awarded prizes that come with a purse of €15,000, €11,250 and €7,500 respectively. The short-film competition has in the past discovered such directors as Jane Campion, Nuri Bilge Ceylan and Lynne Ramsay. Along with his brother, Dardenne is a multiple Palme d’Or winner. The Belgian directing, screenwriting and producing partners have shared 4 Cannes awards in recent years, most recently in 2011 for The Kid With A Bike, which took the Grand Prize. Prior to that, they won the Palme d’Or in 1999 for Rosetta and in 2005 for The Child. They also took the screenwriting award for Lorna’s Silence in 2008. Cannes runs from May 16-27.

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