Terriers take Cannes top dog awards
Terriers Banjo and Poppy -- one of whom plunges to its death onto a knot of knitting needles -- jointly took Cannes' unofficial Palm Dog award for celluloid canine talent.
The pair, whose real names are Smurf and Ged and who feature in British black comedy "Sightseers", are building on a terrier tradition that began last year with Dog triumph for one of their breed who went on to Oscar glory with "The Artist".
The prize -- a diamante collar with the words Palm Dog stitched into it -- was to be presented to members of the "Sightseers" film crew later Friday at a beachfront ceremony.
This year the trophy collar will be festooned with Union Jack flags in honour of the diamond jubilee of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II.
Billy Bob, a punk Jack Russell in French film "Le Grand Soir", took the canine Grand Jury Prize, said Toby Rose, the organiser of the annual event.
Last year the wily terrier Uggy took the prize with a stunning silent film performance in Michel Hazanavicius's "The Artist", which went on to scoop five Oscars.
Rose enlists the help of a panel of British film critics every year to pick the best performance by a dog in the films premiered at the Cannes Film Festival.
He created the award in 2001 in honour of his own dog Mutley, now deceased, and also does his bit for dogs in Britain where he runs the Fido awards at the London Film Festival.
The Palme d'Or top prize for one of the 22 films in the official competition is due to be announced on Sunday.