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Four Australian Shorts selected for Clermont-Ferrand

The Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival has announced its program for 2009 and will include the screening of four Australian films.

Selected to screen in the international competition of this prestigious short film festival is The Ground Beneath (d: René Hernandez) and Summer Breaks (d: Sean Kruck) which have done well domestically with The Ground Beneath recently wining an Australian Film Institute award for Best Screenplay in a Short Film and Summer Breaks awarded the Rouben Mamoulian Award as part of the 20th annual Dendy Awards for Australian Short Films.

Chainsaw

The Lab Competition of the Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival present short films made on digital media highlighting new practices and/or forms of expression and will include two Australian films – Chainsaw (d: Dennis Tupicoff) and My Rabbit Hoppy (d: Anthony Lucas) – both of which have had successful festival screenings with My Rabbit Hoppy selected as part of this year’s Cannes Film Festival Official Shorts Competition and Chainsaw which has screened at numerous international film festivals including the Oberhausen International Short Film Festival where it was awarded the Grand Prize of the City.

Attached to the festival at Clermont is the Short Film Market – one of the largest short film markets in the world that works towards making short films commercially viable. The 2008 market saw 66 television delegates, 83 distributors, 20 video publishers, 115 organisations and 428 French and international festival delegates in attendance.

The Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival will run 30 January – 7 February 2009.