- Go when you have something to show – even if your film is not screening in any category that year, don’t attend ’empty handed’, have a project under way or at least be able to introduce yourself as “Producer/Director/Writer”, not “Filmmaker.”
- Do a little research of people and companies attending and aim to match names to faces before you arrive – you want to be talking to the right people and be able to recognise who’s who as soon as possible.
- Don’t spend your whole time ‘hanging around’ with other Directors/Producers/Writers – Cannes is the place to put yourself on the ‘gate keepers’ radar: distributors, agents and the like.
- Don’t forget your business cards.
Could you tell us about the first time you took your project(s) to Festival de Cannes?
The first time I attended the Cannes Film Festival, I’d been persuaded to go by a friend whilst drunk. Not that it took much persuasion; I’d wanted to go since I was about 13 years old, but I wasn’t sure I could afford it. An intoxicated EasyJet booking later, I ended up putting a film in the Short Film Corner, and learned that a man can in fact survive a week solely on canapés.
What lessons did you take with you and how did you incorporate that in the work that followed?
Your view/experience of the Marche du Film, Cannes Court Metrage and Cinefondation opportunities? Who should aim for what?
What are top 3 things that filmmakers often forget when preparing for Cannes? How should they be approaching it?
Your ‘Cannes tips’ for first-timers?
And lastly, a Cannes story to share…
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