‘Der Brief’ wins Cinefondation prize

Kamal Lazraq's 'Drari,' Son Tae-gyum's 'Ya-Gan-Bi-Hang' are runners up

CANNES — Doroteya Droumeva’s “Der Brief” (The Letter), Kamal Lazraq’s “Drari” and Son Tae-gyum’s “Ya-Gan-Bi-Hang” (Fly by Night) won the Cannes Film Festival’s Cinefondation short film prizes for new talent on Friday.

Germany’s Droumeva, who won the first prize, is developing her feature debut and is currently writing the script.

French filmmaker Michel Gondry presided over the jury, which comprised Julie Gayet, Jessica Hausner, Corneliu Porumboiu and Joao Pedro Rodrigues.

“I don’t like competitions and it was my first time serving on an official jury, but it wasn’t dficult to select these films because when I watched them, I simply forgot I was on a jury.”

This year’s lineup boasted 16 student films from Asia, the U.S., South America and Europe.

Cinefondation’s artistic director Dimitra Karya said the selection committee sifted through 1,600 projects.

“Like last year, our selection features many films dealing with serious contemporary issues and concerns expressed in very different ways,” explained Karya.

Created in 1998 by fest chief Gilles Jacob, the Cinefondation Selection has put a spotlight on a host of talented filmmakers who later broke through, notably Nadine Labaki, who presented “Where Do We Go Now” in Un Certain Regard this year.