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2011 Cannes' Short Film Competition Introduces World to Next Wave of Auteurs

There are talent labs, and there are cinema funds from festivals (ie. Rotterdam's CineMart; Cannes' Atelier), and then there are the short film sections; every important festival has one, and those who do well get their films promoted and financed to become feature-length debuts. Cannes' Short Film Competition (Court Métrage) awards a full-blown Palme d'Or to its winner, and more often than not, these winning filmmakers become the next big names in cinema. Jane Campion won it with Peel in 1982; as did Marian Crisan with 2008's Megatron (he went on to direct last year's Locarno awardee Morgen), and Cătălin Mitulescu with Traffic in 2004. Lynne Ramsay was a runner-up with a Grand Prix award for her Small Deaths, and while Nuri Bilge Ceylan didn't win with his short Cocoon, it was definitely there in the '95 Competition. The latter 3 names are especially notable right now, as all three have films in

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