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The Official Selection for short films to screen at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival was unveiled yesterday.

The Cinéfondation and Short Films Jury, presided over by Jean-Pierre Dardenne, will reward the best films from the Short Film Competition and the Cinéfondation Selection.

Ten films have been selected from among the 4,500 films that were submitted to the selection committee to compete for the 2012 Short Film Palme d’or . For the first time, both a Syrian and a Puerto Rican film-maker are participating in the competition, which also welcomes a French artist best known in the world of music: rapper Hamé from the group La Rumeur.

Alvaro APONTE-CENTENO; MI SANTA MIRADA (Puerto Rico)    

Eicke BETTINGA; GASP (Germany)

Mohamed BOUROKBA (aka Hamé); CE CHEMIN DEVANT MOI (France)

Bassam CHEKHES; FALASTEIN, SANDOUK  AL INTEZAR LIL BURTUQAL (WAITING FOR P.O. BOX) ( Syria)                      

Grainger DAVID; THE CHAIR (United States)

Zia MANDVIWALLA; NIGHT SHIFT (New-Zealand)

Chloé ROBICHAUD; CHEF DE MEUTE  (Canada)

Michael SPICCIA; YARDBIRD (Australia)

Emilie VERHAMME; COCKAIGNE (Belgium)    

L.Rezan YESILBAS; SESSIZ-BE DENG (SILENT) (Turkey)

Fifteen films have been selected out of more than 1,700 submissions from 320 film schools for the Cinéfondation Selection; and for the first time, a Lebanese school is included in the selection.

Pascale ABOU JAMRA ALBA, Lebanon – DERRIÈRE MOI LES OLIVIERS (Behind Me Olive Trees)

Shoichi AKINO Tokyo University of the Arts, Japan – RIYOUSHI (The Barber)

Arthur CAHN La Fémis, France  – LES RAVISSEMENTS (The Raptures)

Morten HELGELAND The Animation Workshop, Denmark  – SLUG INVASION

Michal HOGENAUER FAMU, Czech Republic – TAMBYLLES

Leni HUYGHE Sint-Lukas Brussels, Belgium – MATTEUS

Cristi IFTIME UNATC, Romania  –  TABĂRA DIN RĂZOARE (The Camp in Razoare)

Taisia IGUMENTSEVA VGIK, Russia –  DOROGA NA (The Road to)   

Piero MESSINA CSC, Italy – TERRA (Land)

Miguel Angel MOULET EICTV, Cuba –  LOS ANFITRIONES (The Hosts)

Meryl O’CONNOR UCLA, USA – THE BALLAD OF FINN + YETI   

Timothy RECKART NFTS, United-Kingdom – HEAD OVER HEELS

Matthew James REILLY NYU, USA – ABIGAIL

Eti TSICKO TAU, Israël – RESEN (Dog Leash)

Eduardo WILLIAMS UCINE, Argentina –  PUDE VER UN PUMA (Could See a Puma)

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