Cannes

Cannes

Once again this phenomenal film festival and market didn’t let me down. Not only is it obviously a great place to attend events and network and see films. It is also a place where you learn and understand this crazy industry. Having just directed my debut feature, I am now in that difficult place for a director during the post production where you want to make sure other people see your film. My aim for attending Cannes was to meet sales agents. It was about finding out what films are doing well in the market and what films the market is looking for. Every day I went to on average 8 meetings. These were with directors, writers, producers, sales agents, distributors and the Festival Doctor. I tried to situate myself in the American Pavillion for most of the time as its a great central spot for people to get to as well as walking around the main hall also known as the market. I met a wonderful writer called Luca Longobardi who has written a book called The Mafias Banker as well as an actor called Christopher Ogugua. Not only were these very talented people they were also wonderful gentleman. New people¬†¬†are easy to meet at festivals because you are all there with a general common aim, but it’s important to make friendships that are a bit deeper and will last. It was like home from home for me as the other people I was with, are friends that I met from over 4 years ago when I first went to Cannes. It is amazing how you can walk down the croisette or pass through a hotel lobby and hear your name called by an old friend. Once the festival is over it’s then time to start follow ups and networking and maintaining that relationship you started to develop. I always want people to know that the relationship with me is a two way thing and a long term one. I want to be able to help them out in the future. Who knows how we may end up working together but our paths have crossed for a reason. Here’s to the next festival we all attend.
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