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Cannes Short Film Corner

Hi, I've got my short "The view from the window" into the Metrage/Short Film Corner at Cannes. Does anyone have any tips on getting the most out of this investment? Before, during and after the Festival? Or things to avoid?

I'm already deluged with offers to handle local printing, social media (for $500-$700. How much?!) etc so please no responses with sales pitches.

Hope some Shooters have useful experiences they can share.


  • I went to the SFC years ago - it is a great way to get an accreditation for the market, but the SFC even back then was a circus. The problem is the crowd that go to it are not buyers, but other short film producers and directors. Lovely in themselves, and doubtless the SFC will seed its own mini-festival one year, however they're not a 'commercially useful' audience.

    You will also reset your calibration on what 'desperate' looks like. There will be zany, crazy, attention-desperate stunts everywhere you look, and you either join them or get drowned out in the din. You can't compete with teams of cheerleaders and the like, so think of a classier strategy to make your film one of the ones someone will view in their 1h slot.

    Accidental meetings do happen, and you'll brush shoulders with the great and good (as they walk the other way, usually), but look upon this as an experience of the whole of the festival, market, SFC, sponsored slots, hyperbole and glitz as opposed to pinning your hopes on it making you any money with short film buyers (if there is such a thing) queueing to see your work and force euros into your reluctant fist.

    Also, hotel bars frequently have a minimum cover fee for drinks - a crappy coke will cost the same as a half-decent glass of rose ;-)

    7 years ago
  • Forget the idea that you've made it by getting into Cannes.Nobody will be flocking to buy your film. However the pass does get you inside the building and you can mingle with all the big distributors from around the world upstairs in the film market. Use this re-set the reality button and get some tips and contacts.

    7 years ago
  • Echo the sentiments above... use the pass to get access to the market place and meet people... find the Petit Majestic for cheap(ish) drinks and whole load of other people like you looking to make the most of Cannes... best way is to go with no expectations, listen, observe and above all else enjoy the experience... see you time in Cannes as an opportunity to expand your contact book.

    7 years ago
  • HI GUYS,
    Yes, read all, the SHORT FILMS MARKET isn t really atractive for a lot of peoples who comers mostly to BUY or Sale their films..
    As producer, I come sometimes watch some short, Not really for the story itself, But more, to see the talent of a Director, or Quality , color, and of courese the talent of Cast..
    When you are INN in cannes, try to set up a network, talk to specific peoples, go to the Booth, and visite lots of Pavillion, and get idea how everything works..
    Short is the Plank to the feature, so let see yr great quality .. as Filmmakers, Director or whatever..
    Cannes has lots of SKARKS in there he, and you have to fishing between all of them..
    good luck and maybe see you in Cannes he

    7 years ago
  • As usual, Paddy has it spot on!

    Cannes is all about feature films. No-one gives a monkeys about the shorts, even the ones in competition.

    If you've got a feature project to tout or want to learn how the grown-ups do business, the SFC might be worthwhile - as Paddy says you get accreditation for your fee.

    To be completely frank, I think the Short Film Corner is a disgraceful exploitation of filmmakers who pay what is a very high fee in the expectation that something might come of it. It's a cash cow for the main festival. Most other festivals with markets (Edinburgh springs to mind) automatically put all films submitted into the videotheque, which is essentially all this is, albeit with the films on in loop in the background.

    My sales agent was very clear on this point: "the buyers we deal with do not traffic the Cannes Short Film Corner." What you will probably get, as noted above, is a lot of other very enthusiastic filmmakers trying to get you to watch their film, plus maybe a few scam artists trying to get you to pay money for their publicity or marketing service.

    Oh, and please, do you yourself a favour: if you do decide to put your film in the SFC, do not say your film "screened in Cannes". Whilst you might phrase it in such a way as to be technically true, everyone knows it's BS and it makes you look like a prat.

    7 years ago
    • I completely agree...

      I just worked with a 'producer' who did exactly that. She even went as far as to to put a wreath above it on her blog and 'official Selection ' title. Had me bluffed and stupid me got involved with her - which has been a nightmare. (She seems to think that slapping a contract in front of someone gives her the right to own your writing and directing for a 'mates getting together to make a film' job - no money etc).

      Things didn't match up with this girl - So Finally when I asked someone, who was actually at Cannes with a film, to look out for her film they couldn't find it - They started laughing when they found it on the SFC. BS factor 10%, aggrivation 1000%. This is an example of caliber of some of the people putting their films in the short film corner then acting like Steven Spielberg.

      If you take it as a way of looking at the whole circus. Have some fun and laugh at the BS if you can.

      7 years ago
    • @Nicola Quilter
      Thanks for that. I absolutely agree with what you've said and I almost feel that the Short Film Corner should be defined not as a mark of creativity or film making excellence but plainly as what it is: a market. Nothing more. It's 95 euros down the drain. I had three viewings during the festival and don't hold out for more. It's a money making wheeze for the festival. I'm told it's curated and I know folks who've had their films rejected. The BS, time wasters and idiots was there en masse. I can't see myself recommending it to anyone as an investment or a career move.

      7 years ago
  • Many thanks for all these insights - I've been to Cannes before so I've got a fair idea of what goes on, especially in the zoo that is the Short Film Corner. I've already had another short "screened in Cannes" but that was out of the back of the inestimable Cannes in a Van.

    Anyway if anyone is passing the Short Film Corner, do check out my film. Thanks again to everyone. Alice

    7 years ago
  • A short film should be a pilots for a feature to demonstrate to any potential investor that he can actually make films.

    7 years ago
  • Just came from the festival, no one cares about shorts, but it worth going there! Amazing opportunities to meet new people, get involved into smth, meet agents, reach important people, etc. I don`t think that you may get a lot out of it if you aim is a distribution, but, you never know! Great experience anyway + premieres are always thrilling!

    7 years ago
  • Having your short in the Short Film Corner is a great opportunity to find a buyer and give that short another audience once the festival circuit is done. We were fortunate to find one. We sifted through Cannes international film buyers list which is what I did before I flew out and sent those vital emails. If they couldn't meet you face to face I made sure the email included a link to the short. It was a good place to network; met production companies I had interned & worked for. Met producers who I had worked for. Even bumped into one of my teachers on my M.Sc course. It was just as important to talk about the new project which was in development then what you came to Cannes for. I enjoyed getting the opportunity to watch both shorts & features. Can't complain about the food or wine either. Now I can't be the only one who enjoyed the experience??

    7 years ago
  • If nothing else, it's an opportunity to watch the short films selected for the various sections of the festival (official selection, Semaine de la Critique, Quinzaine des Realisateurs), which are not easy to find elsewhere.

    7 years ago
  • My friend Sophie got into the Short Film Corner this year and wrote me a guest blog about her experiences:

    7 years ago