On Sunday evening, Lebanon’s Ely Dagher was awarded the Palme D’Or in the Short Film category during the closing ceremony of the 68th Cannes Film Festival for his brilliant animated movie, Waves ’98.

It is a well-deserved win for the 29-year-old filmmaker, whose 15-minute animated film exploring his complicated relationship with his hometown of Beirut had been met with very positive reviews. The jury for the short film category was presided over by legendary director Abderrahmane Sissako, and included another Lebanese luminary, filmmaker and artist Joanna Hadjithomas.

Dagher joins the ranks of the greats, becoming the first Lebanese director to receive the award in the Official Competition since Maroun Baghdadi took home the Jury Prize at the 1991 festival for Hors La Vie.

The Lebanese Tourism Office in Paris and the whole 35mm From Beirut team are proud and honored to have been able to provide some support to Ely during his first Cannes experience, which has concluded in the most memorable of ways. Many great things lie ahead for the young director.