Double success for NZ duo at Cannes Film Festival

Wellington writer/directors Mark Albiston and Louis Sutherland have been awarded a special distinction in the short film competition at the Cannes Film Festival for a second time in three years.

The duo's The Six Dollar Fifty Man took the honour this year following the first success in 2007 of their acclaimed short film Run.

"It's a huge honour to twice receive the special distinction in the short film competition, particularly as Cannes is the world's most important film festival," New Zealand Film Commission Short Film Manager Juliette Veber said.

The Six Dollar Fifty Man competed with seven other international short films, including the New Zealand/Danish co-produced short Lars and Peter, for The Palme d'Or which was won by Joao Salaviza's Arena from Portugal.

Cannes Director of Film Christian Jeune said that in the history of the event, New Zealand has had more short films chosen for Cannes than any other country in the world apart from France.

The Six Dollar Fifty Man tells the story of Andy, a gutsy eight-year-old boy who retreats into a make believe world to deal with playground bullying.

The film was made with finance from the NZ Film Commission.

- NZPA

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