Cinéfondation First Prize Goes to Pippa Bianco's SHARE

Emerging Filmmaker Showcase's LGBTQ Honorable Mention
Goes to Bennett Lasseter's STEALTH

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — FRIDAY MAY 22, 2015, Los Angeles, CA — AFI Conservatory Directing Workshop for Women (DWW) alumna Pippa Bianco (AFI DWW, Class of 2014) was awarded First Prize by the Cinéfondation Jury for her AFI short film SHARE at the 68th Cannes Film Festival. SHARE, a film produced by the AFI Conservatory Directing Workshop for Women, was selected from among 18 others from schools all over the world that screened at the Cinéfondation. SHARE, the only film from the U.S., follows a 15-year-old girl as she returns to school after someone shares an explicit video of her and it goes viral. Earlier this month, STEALTH, directed by alum Bennett Lasseter (AFI Class of 2014), received the LGBTQ Showcase Honorable Mention at the Emerging Filmmaker Showcase at the American Pavilion.

A total of 81 AFI alumni have 35 films selected to screen at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival — seven films by 20 AFI alumni are in the sections Un Certain Regard, Directors' Fortnight, Out of Competition, Cinéfondation and Emerging Filmmaker Showcase, and 28 films by 61 alumni were in the festival's Short Films Corner. Additional Cannes winners will be announced by the festival on May 24, 2015.

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