Winners of the Palme d'Or for Best Short Film are difficult to predict and the Cannes jury can get it very wrong - but here are some of the better films.

Bear by Nash Edgerton (2011) (Australia) (11m)

A sequal to Edgerton's internet hit, Spider, in which the male lead pretty much kills his girlfriend, Bear finds the same man with a new girlfriend (exactly why anyone would date this guy is a mystery to me) and pulling a similar prank. This time, he pretends to forget his girlfriend's birthday so he can surprise her in the woods. In all honesty, it's a bit too obvious for my tastes but it was nominated at Cannes!


Six Dollar Fifty

Six Dollar Fifty Man by Albiston & Sutherland (2009) (NZ) (15m)

One of those short films you know the festival directors will love because it is about childhood, Six Dollar Fifty Man is set in 1970s New Zealand and follows Andy, a gutsy 8 year-old loner without much in terms of possessions who is relentlessly bullied. However, when push comes to shove he will break out of his make-believe superhero world. It was co-directed by Mark Albiston and Louis Sutherland.

Megatron by Marian Crisan (2008) (Romania) (14m)

This drama from Romanian writer/director Marian Crisan won the Palme d'Or in 2008. It is the story of a young boy called Maxim, his birthday, his mother and his absent father. For those who do not know, Megatron is the name of one of the Transformers and, in this case, the toy Maxim wants from a McDonalds promotion. It is the kind of subtle, slightly bleak drama that the Cannes jury likes. Crisan has gone on to directing features in his homeland.


Grandma by Anthony Chen (2007) (Singapore) (14m)

Grandma (Ah Ma), Anthony Chen’s second short film brought Singapore its first Special distinction at Cannes. A family takes centre stage as they gather to say their farewells to their dying grandmother. It is an intimate film, capturing how they see her at her moment of death. The family theme also shows up in Chen's first feature film Ilo Ilo, which won the Camera d'Or at Cannes in 2013. Chen studied at the National Film and Television School, UK.


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