The jury is made up of three women and three men, with no president.
The Cannes Film Festival has announced that Tunisian filmmaker Kaouther Ben Hania and Egyptian director Sameh Alaa will be part of the short film jury at the 74th edition of the event next month.
Other jury members include filmmakers Tuva Novotny from Sweden, Spain’s Carlos Muguiro, screenwriter Alice Winocour, and actor Nicolas Pariser, both from France.
The jury is made up of three women and three men, with no president, and they will be awarding the Short Film Palme d’Or to one of the 10 shortlisted projects, as well as the three Cinefondation prizes to the best of the 17 selected films from the school’s students.
For this year’s festival, which runs from July 16 to 17, the selection committee has viewed 3,739 short films, with 10 shortlisted from Brazil, Denmark, China, France, Hong Kong, Iran, Portugal and, for the first time, Kosovo and Macedonia.
The 14-minute Iran entry is called Orthodontics, by Mohammadreza Mayghani.
Ben Hania was Oscar-nominated for her films Beauty and the Dogs (2017) and The Man Who Sold His Skin (2020). She grew up in a large family in the Tunisian town of Sidi Bouzid.
Her co-juror Sameh Alaa was the first Egyptian ever to win a Palme d’Or at Cannes, for his short film I’m Afraid To Forget Your Face (2020), called Sixteen in Arabic.