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Cannes

HI I was wondering if I could pick your brains, do you think its worth paying the expense to go to Cannes as an actor/short film maker, when you don't have a film showing there, last time i was representing my director as he was in LA and his film was showing there and I was in it, but that was 2 years ago and i have now since got the bug and the passion for short film making.
what can I do there :)
Amanda

  • Every filmmaker should see Cannes once before they die. But you've done that. (I, as a screenwriter, went for the day a couple of years ago.) Unless you've got several 'firm' meetings lined up, a film in the festival (not just the short film corner) and/or market, it's probably not worth the expense again - unless you want to blag into parties and get rat-arsed. But you can do that pretty well anywhere.

    1 month ago
  • I love film festivals (yet to go to Cannes) but it's always better if you have something showing because it's something to talk about isn't it. I'd get on and makeup something cool that you can submit for next year :)

    1 month ago
  • Go to Cannes for a reason and with a plan, if you go without one you'll just rattle around between things you're on the edges of whilst paying €10 for a coke!

    1 month ago
  • I disagree with most here. It's great to go with a project but don't let that stop you. Festivals/Markets are places to start relationships, so when you do start a project you are not cold-calling or knocking on closed doors. The British film industry is pessimistic and it's always doom and gloom. They will tell you not to go and save your money and that you have no reason to be there.

    But the industry is about relationships and that starts by being in a place like Cannes and starting conversations. Also i've never paid €10 for a coke - every pavilion and party has free drinks and food and I rarely spend over €20 a day.

    But saying all that if the money you save from buying a badge, flights & accommodation can be used towards making a short film then do that because creating films is why we're all here.

    1 month ago
  • I think we're all in accord really: best not to make the trip wholly empty handed. As Amanda has the money to go, but nothing mentioned 'to show' for it, would seem best to postpone till next year. In the interim get together, at least into early development, some "cool" projects and thereby then be looking for talent placements, finding more funding, S&D. Anyone for a smart script?

    1 month ago
  • Hi Amanda,
    Please visit my website: www.ukfilm.co/
    Then click on "Cannes" for lots of useful information in regard to attending Cannes Festival. I wholeheartedly agree with Abid, you do not necessarily need to have a project to justify attending. For one and a half weeks the world of filmmakers converges in Cannes. You are surrounded by film professionals, in front and behind the camera, so an invaluable opportunity to network and make new contacts, watch some of the best films of the year maybe six to twelve months before they are released in cinema's. Cannes does not need to be expensive, by your food in supermarkets and eat at home. Carry a bag with bottled water and fill it up at the free water dispensers dotted around the festival pavilions. Make sure you get your accreditation and book your flights as early as possible.

    1 month ago
  • Hi Ray,
    Huge thanks for that link, it's an invaluable source of information, I'm heading there this year, with a large project for Industry screening and debating about submitting a project to Shorts Corner, I'm wondering will that effect it getting selected for other film festivals and how many passes would I secure if I was successfully seclected at shorts corner. Many thanks

    4 weeks ago
  • Hi Amanda,

    I wholeheartedly agree with Abid. I've been going to Cannes for like 8 years. The first time it was just rattling around, yes. But you get more and more focussed and Abid is right, it is all about relationships. My first bigger-budget feature came about because I had a random chat with a producer and it grew from there into a multi-country co-production attracting Hollywood cast. I raised seed funding for my current feature in Cannes 4 years ago, and it's coming to the cinemas this summer. Cannes is very intimidating and tends to make you feel like a right loser (especially me as a country bumpkin) but once you get past that you'll figure it out. And the friends you make there are often friends for life. The composer working on my current film is a friend from Cannes. The DOP came through another Cannes connection. Etc. It's really not expensive either if you do it right, and no, you don't have to pay for a badge at all, you can just get the ordinary free badge, which frankly put any UK event to shame with what it offers for free. In Edinburgh or Sheffield or LSF you pay hundreds to network with the arsy English crowd. Arrange meetings with film industries professionals from other countries in Cannes and you'll see how easy it can be to get going once you get away from the belly-gazing UK peeps.

    4 weeks ago