Friday, 20 May 2016


Although technically a non-competitive section of the Cannes Film Festival, the Directors' Fortnight nevertheless hosts its own selection of awards each year. For 2016's roster, they've split the three feature film awards four ways, including a Special Mention, and the sole short film award two ways, also with a Special Mention. The top award was presented to female Afghani director Shahrbanoo Sadat for only her second feature-length work Wolf and Sheep. Indeed, of the seven recognised filmmakers here, four were women. As with the Critics' Week awards yesterday, I'll keep the Directors' Fortnight poll open on the sidebar for the purpose of forecasting the result of the FIPRESCI prize. Check out all the Quinzaine winners below.

Art Cinema Award
Wolf and Sheep (Shahrbanoo Sadat)

Europa Cinemas Label for European Film
Mercenary (Sacha Wolff)

SACD Award for French-Language Film
The Together Project (Solveig Anspach)

SACD Special Mention
Divines (Houda Benyamina)

Illy Prize for Short Film
Chasse Royal (Lise Akoka and Romane Gueret)

Illy Prize Special Mention
The Beast (Miroslav Sikavica)