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Finland's The Painting Sellers takes top Cinefondation Award

A jury led by Atom Egoyan has handed out the Cannes Cinefondation Prizes 2010, with first prize going to Juho Kuosmanen’s The Painting Sellers (Taulukauppiaat) from Aalto University in Finland.

Second prize went to Anywhere Out of the World (Coucou-Les-Nuages) by Vincent Cardona from France’s La Femis.

Third prize was shared by: The Fifth Column (Hinkerort Zorasune) by Vatche Boulghourjian from NYU in the US; and I Already Am Everything I Want To Have (Ja Vec Jesam Sve Ono Sto Zelim Da Imam) by Dane Komljen from Serbia’s FDU.

Winners were selected from 13 student films coming from Asia, Europe, North and South America (culled from 1500 submissions).

Other members of the jury were Carlos Diegues, Marc Recha,Emmanuelle Devos and Dinara Droukarova.

Egoyan said: “The jury was extremely impressed with the quality of the selection, particularly the excellence of the directors’ work with actors. All the films strove to find unique ways of harnessing cinematographic vision with delicate and often haunting performances.”

Prize money is Euros 15,000 for first, 11,250 for second and 7,500 for third prize.

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