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Australian short film in Cannes selection
Michael Spiccia. Picture: Michael O'Brien/The West Australian.

A short film by Australian director Michael Spiccia has been selected from more than 4500 global submissions to be shown at the Cannes Film Festival.

Spiccia's 13-minute production Yardbird 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 Mandiviwalla.

Spiccia's film is written and executive produced by countryman 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 on Tuesday named the selections for two of the categories in 2012, ahead of Thursday'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.

In the other category, designed for up-and-coming filmmakers, 15 films were selected from a pool of more than 1700 submissions from 320 film schools across the globe.

The category, in which no Australians were selected, "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.