The Beast Gets Special Honour in Cannes!


The short fiction film The Beast, directed by Miroslav Sikavica and produced by the Zagreb-based company Propeler Film, has won the Illy Prize – Special Mention in the Directors’ Fortnight section (Quinzaine des Réalisateurs). The Beast premiered on Thursday, 19 May in this section, which takes place since 1969, in parallel with the Cannes Film Festival, presenting up-and-coming directors and authors of powerful and unique approaches and poetics.

The Beast was selected for the short film competition of Directors’ Fortnight together with ten other films. Along with the special mention to The Beast, the five-member international jury gave the Illy Prize in the short section to the film Chasse Royale, directed by Lisa Akoka and Romane Gueret.

The jury president was actress Adèle Haenel, one of the leading young French acting talents, who also starred in the latest film by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, La fille inconnue, presented this year in the Canness Film Festival’s official selection. The jury members this year included Michel Merkt, one of the producers of David Cronenberg’s Maps to the Stars, and director Thomas Cailley, whose award-winning debut Les combattants was presented in Directors’ Fortnight two years ago.