Jan Schuette has participated in the official programme at Cannes on two previous occasions: in 1994, with BYE BYE AMERICA (AUF WIEDERSEHEN AMERIKA) in the Quinzaine des Realisateurs and in 2000 with FAREWELL (ABSCHIED) in Un Certain Regard. He runs the master class of the German-French Film Academy together with Peter Sehr.
Schuette on being appointed to the jury: I feel very honoured to be allowed to select the prizes for the best student film and the best short film together with such renowned colleagues and actors. Naturally, it is also particular recognition for me as a director and for my work and also as co-director of the master class where we train students who will be working in production and distribution in France and Germany. I am looking forward a lot to the festival and its films.
Only created in 1998, the Cinefondation section is a very attractive competition exclusively for film students (film and art academies, film faculties of universities) whose feature and animation films of up to 60 minutes can participate. Whats special for the winner: they not only receive a money prize amounting to € 25.000, but also the guarantee that their first feature-length film will be automatically invited to Cannes.