Lessons From the Cannes Film Festival (Film Log #20)
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Lessons From the Cannes Film Festival – The Film Log #20
In this second part about the Cannes Film Festival I share some of the lessons I’ve learned going there a) for the first time, b) with a pitch, a producer and a screenplay and c) looking co-producer, financing and know-how.
For this under 72h experiment for me, and a week-long stay for my producer , we had two main goals:
- take the temperature about our project
- get key people to ask us for the screenplay.
We’ve got what we were looking for, which means I also spent a lot of time while in Cannes and afterwards, polishing the screenplay so we could send it. I’ll talk more about this stage and what it means in a coming episode, so stay tuned for that.
A word before you watch the video below and discover the lessons learned: fellow filmmaker and mentorless reader Kartik Singh, whom I met in Cannes, had an interesting comment:
“When filmmakers submit short films to the Short Film Corner (for a cost of $95 or so) they are given two badges. This can be a more economical way to get a badge. That said, this year, the Short Film Corner was only from Monday to Friday, just the second part of the festival. A bit of a shame, especially for people who wanted to come to the festival for the first half.”
If you’ve been to Cannes, and want to share your experience, go on the YouTube page and comment below. Seriously, this is how we’ll learn and save time, money and keep moral high.