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26 May

Cristian Mungiu and the Jury have announced the winners of the 20th Cinéfondation Selection

The Winners 2017 © Mathilde Petit / FDC


The Cinéfondation and Short Films Jury headed by Cristian Mungiu and including Clotilde Hesme, Athina Rachel Tsangari, Barry Jenkins and Eric Khoo, has awarded the 2017 Cinéfondation Prizes during a ceremony held in the Buñuel Theatre, followed by the screening of the winning films.

The Cinéfondation Selection consisted of 16 student films, chosen out of 2 600 entries coming from 626 film schools around the world.



First Prize:

PAUL EST LÀ (Paul Is Here)

directed by Valentina MAUREL

INSAS, Belgium


Second Prize:

directed by Bahram & Bahman ARK 

Iranian National School of Cinema, Iran


Third Prize:

directed by Tommaso USBERTI

La Fémis, France





The Cinéfondation allocates a €15,000 grant for the First Prize, €11,250 for the Second and €7,500 for the Third.

The winner of the First Prize is also guaranteed the presentation of his/her first feature film at the Festival de Cannes.



Rerun in Paris


The awarded films will be screened at the Cinéma du Panthéon on May 30th at 7 p.m. 

All the films of the Cinéfondation selection will be screened at the Cinémathèque française on May 31st and June 1st.