The Herald Sun reports
Australian director Michael Spiccia's short film has been selected to be shown at the Cannes Film Festival.
Spiccia's 13-minute production Yardbird was selected from more than 4500 global submissions, and will compete for the prestigious Palme d'Or du Court Metrage during the May Festival against nine other short films, including Night Shift, by New Zealand director Zia Mandivwalla.
Spiccia's film is written and executive produced by fellow Australian Julius Avery, who was the Jury Prize winner at Cannes in 2008 and won the Australian Film Institute (AFI) Award for Best Short Film in the same year.
Festival organisers yesterday named the selections for two of the categories in 2012, ahead of tomorrow's unveiling of this year's feature film nominees.
In the short film category, Yardbird is up against productions from Germany, France, the US, Turkey, Syria, Canada, Belgium, Puerto Rico and New Zealand.
Fifteen films were selected from a pool of more than 1700 submissions from 320 film schools across the globe, in another category designed for up-and-coming filmmakers.
The category "covers fiction and animation and highlights films sharing the same film-making ambition and the expression of a very personal vision".
The 65th Cannes Film festival runs from May 16 to 27.