A short film by Department of Radio/Television/Film assistant professor Kyle Henry was one of 14 shorts and 21 features chosen to debut in May at the Cannes Directors Fortnight, part of the Cannes Film Festival.
Henry’s short film, Fourplay: Tampa is one of a four-part series dealing with the topic of sexual intimacy. Tampa is a farce about a man plagued with self-doubt attempting a risqué rendezvous in a public mall restroom.
Henry said he was “completely floored” when he received the call about his film being accepted to the Directors Fortnight at Cannes.
“Showing your work at Cannes, Venice or Sundance is like winning the lottery, since every year most of these major fests received 6000-plus short film entries for around 10 to 20 slots,” he said. “This year, my film is the only American short to play at the Fortnight.”
This isn’t Henry’s first Cannes, though. In 2005, his feature debut, Room, played at Fortnight.
“For me, this repeat honor of showing at Cannes is validation for all the hard work and creativity that both myself and the film’s creative team put into the film,” he said.