Cannes Winners + Media That Matters Film Festival

Cannes Film Festival 2008: May 14–25

Palme d'Or: The Class by Laurent Cantet

Grand Prix: Gomorrah by Matteo Garrone

Best Director: Nuri Bilge Ceylan for Three Monkeys

Jury Prize: Paolo Sorrentino for Il Divo

Best Actor: Benicio Del Toro in Che

Best Actress: Sandra Corveloni in Linha de Passe

Best Screenplay: Lorna's Silence by Jean-Pierre et Luc Dardenne

Prize of the 61st Cannes Film Festival: Catherine Deneuve and Clint Eastwood

Palme d'Or for Best Short Film: Megatron by Marian Crisan

Caméra d'Or: Hunger by Steve McQueen

Official Competition Jury: Sean PENN (president), actor-director; Jeanne BALIBAR, Actress; Rachid BOUCHAREB, Director; Sergio CASTELLITTO, Actor; Alfonso CUARÓN, Director; Alexandra Maria LARA, Actress; Natalie PORTMAN, Actress; Marjane SATRAPI, Author, Director; Apichatpong WEERASETHAKUL, Director.

Media That Matters Film Festival

Permission d: Vance Malone

Flags of Our Fathers actor Adam Beach will be on hand at a reception and awards ceremony celebrating the eighth annual Media That Matters Film Festival in New York City on Thursday, May 29th.

According to its website, the Media That Matters Film Festival “is the premier showcase for short films on the most important topics of the day. Local and global, online and in communities around the world, Media That Matters engages diverse audiences and inspires them to take action.

“From gay rights to global warming, the jury-selected collection represents the work of a diverse group of independent filmmakers, many of whom are under 21. The films are equally diverse in style and content, with documentaries, music videos, animations, experimental work and everything else in between. What all the films have in common is that they spark debate and action in 12 minutes or less.”

CopWatchNumerous shorts are available on their website, among them:

  • Guerrilla News Network's CopWatch (right photo; “Fed up with police brutality, the organization 'Copwatch' decided to keep an eye on big brother. This short film shows how peaceful observation of police behavior can change the way a neighborhood and a police force deal with one another”);
  • Brian Schirber and Kirstin Nelson's Homecoming (“When coming out makes Ron a target for attack, he finds a school where respect and acceptance are taught alongside Math and English”);
  • Josh Holst's Esmeraldas: Petroleum and Poverty (“Esmeraldas documents the intense human suffering that occurred when a Texaco oil refinery exploded and destroyed an Afro-Ecuadorian community”);
  • Wes Kim's Vision Test (“Who would you feel most comfortable with as CEO of a Fortune 500 company? What begins as a routine eye exam turns into an examination of people's subconscious attitudes towards race, gender and power”);
  • Vance Malone's Permission (top photo; “[If you're gay,] whose permission would you need to get married to the person you love?”).

For more information, visit the Media That Matters website.

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