Shorts from Brazil and Colombia Selected for Cannes' Official Competition

Cannes announced their 2016 Short Films Competition yesterday. After receiving over five thousand entries they narrowed down the competition to ten. Two of the selected films are from the Latin American region.

Colombian-Swedish production Madre / Mother by Simón Mesa Soto tells the story of 16 year-old Andrea who leaves her poor neighborhood in the hills of Medellin to attend a downtown casting call for a porno film. Soto’s MA graduation film at London Film School Leidi won the short film Palme d’Or at Cannes in 2014. From Brazil is João Paulo Miranda Maria’s A Moça Que Dançou Com O Diabo / The Girl who Danced with the Devil which will also compete in the short films competition.

The Cinéfondation Selection has chosen eighteen films among over two thousand submitted this year by film schools from all over the world. Fifteen countries from three continents are represented and this marks the first year with an entry from Venezuela. Competing from Latin American will be Universidad de Los Andes, Venezuela with Michael Labarca’s La culpa probablemente / The Guilt, Probably from Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica, Mexico with Ernesto Martínes Bucio’s Las razones del mundo / The Reasons in the World and from Universidad del Cine, Argentina with Malena Vain’s Business.

The 69th edition of Cannes Film Festival will take place May 11-22, 2016 in Cannes, France.