MPA Alumna Preparing for Cannes

Motion Picture Arts
April 14, 2015

“Tree Hugger”, the latest film by eighteen-year-old Kira Bursky, has been selected for the 2015 Short Film Corner held at the Cannes Film Festival.

A 2014 graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy’s Motion Picture Arts program, Bursky has been working as an intern at documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock’s New York-based film production company, Warrior Poets. Bursky won the Best Overall Film at the 2014 All American High School Film Festival for her film “We’re Okay”, was a 2014 National YoungArts Finalist in filmmaking, and was named a 2014 Presidential Scholar in the Arts Semi-Finalist.

Written and directed by Kira Bursky, “Tree Hugger” is a short fantasy drama that tells the story of Clara, a high school freshman who is in search of magic in her life. Clara becomes involved with Leo, a senior boy at the school, but the fantasy world in her head darkens when Leo takes advantage of her. The film was shot on location in Asheville, North Carolina; Weaverville, North Carolina; and Greenville, South Carolina.

Organized by the Cannes Film Festival, the Short Film Corner is the essential rendezvous for filmmakers. Since 2004, short film producers and directors have chosen the Short Film Corner as the place to present their films, make meetings reality and take decisive steps for their future careers.

“I am more excited than I can express to have the opportunity to share my film ‘Tree Hugger’ at the Cannes Short Film Corner, which will be held during the Cannes Film Festival,” says Kira Bursky. “This is truly a dream. Traveling to Cannes would be amazing and a big step forward for my career as a filmmaker.”

With limited funds and less than one month to coordinate her arrangements for Cannes, Bursky has mounted a GoFundMe campaign with the intention that individuals will contribute the funds that will transform her dream of participating at Cannes into a reality.

The Cannes Film Festival will be held from May 13-24, 2015 and is anticipated to attract around 35,000 film professionals and over 4,000 international journalists coming together for the world’s biggest film event.