Created in 1998 to discover young talented filmmakers right from the end of their studies, the Cinéfondation selects every year about fifteen short films submitted by cinema schools all over the world. For its 2018 edition the Cinéfondation Selection had chosen 17 films (14 live-action and 3 animated films), from among the 2,400 submitted.
The jury headed by Bertrand Bonello and including Khalil Joreige, Valeska Grisebach, Alanté Kavaïté and Ariane Labed, awarded the First Prize to EL VERANO DEL LEÓN ELÉCTRICO (The Summer of the Electric Lion) by Diego Céspedes from Universidad de Chile. This year’s youngest director (23) achieved a delicate, tender, mature film, acclaimed for its “courageous” storytelling and “for Céspedes’s capacity to tell much more than he shows us.” The Second Prize was awarded jointly to two films: Igor Poplauhin’s KALENDAR (Calendar): a dark, mysterious journey about escaping reality. A strong, intense, immersive cinematographic experience accomplished by the Russian director from Moscow School of New Cinema. And DONG WU XIONG MENG (The Storms in Our Blood) by Shen Di. The young student at Shanghai Theater Academy presented an imaginative and puzzling film, on a tone of benevolent derision, with a host of humorous details, but most of all full of humanity. The Third Prize went to INANIMATE made by the Italian director Lucia Bulgheroni at the British National Film and Television School. A brilliant animation film acclaimed “for its capacity to move us by its fantasy and its creativity.”