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Cannes 2012: NZ short beats 450-1 odds

Cannes’ has selected Zia Mandivwalla’s Night Shift in the Court Metrages competition, one of ten shorts chosen from 4,500 submissions. Night Shift competes for the Short Film Palme d’Or.

Australia also gets a look in, with Michael Spiccia’s Yardbird selected alongside films from Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Puerto Rico, Syria, Turkey and the USA.

Night Shift was awarded NZFC funding last year under the Premiere Shorts scheme, with Michael Bennett and Maile Daugherty’s A Collective Intake of Breath as supervising EP. Chelsea Winstanley and Curious Film’s Matt Noonan produced. Winstanley produced Sam Holst’s Meathead, which competed in the same competition last year. She also produced Tammy Davis’ Ebony Society, both of which will screen as part of the NZFC-presented shorts programme at this weekend’s UniShorts at Unitec in Auckland.

Last year, Stephen Kang’s short Blue won at Critic’s Week in Cannes.

In the student version of the same competition, the Cinéfondation Selection, 15
films were selected from over 1,700 submissions from 320 film schools. None were from NZ so we’ll move on quickly. Nothing to see there.

Cannes will announce its main competition line-up late Thursday NZ time, with a rash of other announcements from its sidebar and related events teased out over the coming weeks.

The Cannes Film Festival runs 16 – 27 May.

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