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Silverstein wins top prize in Cannes for ‘Skunk’

Staff Writer
Austin 360

Annie Silverstein, the recent University of Texas Radio-Television-Film graduate, won the No. 1 prize in the world at the Cannes Film Festival in the Cinefondation competition among student short films.

Her short, titled “Skunk,” was among 16 finalists selected for the annual competition, and it was the first-ever UT student film to be picked. It won the top prize at a ceremony on Thursday evening.

As the winner, Silverstein has a guarantee that her first feature film will play at the Cannes Film Festival. In addition, she wins a cash prize of 15,000 Euros, or more than $20,000.

“I can’t really believe this,” she said after accepting the award. “It already felt like winning the lottery” when the film made the final 16, she said.

She thanked her cast and crew, including producer Monique Walton, for helping make the film over the summer last year in the Austin area. She also thanked the faculty at the University of Texas. “I hope we can make films for the rest of our lives,” she said.