So there are many different sections of the festival. There are the Official Selections, the features and shorts broken down into different categories that are judged by the jury. Those people are awesome, and get a page and profile in the official program. I’m not that awesome. Yet. But then there is the Marche Du Film, or Film Marketplace, where there are literally thousands of filmmakers trying to sell their content to thousands of buyers and distributers. The smaller corner of the Marche is the Short Film Corner, where shorts from all over the world are shown in On Demand kiosks throughout the floor. This is where Don’t Make Me Sing is being shown. It doesn’t sound cool in comparison–and isn’t–but with everyone walking around and buzzing about, you never know who you’re going to get interested. And it could make for a great conversation starter. Basically…having a film at the Short Film Corner=full access to the whole festival (well most of it sans the VIP sections) plus awesome networking with like-minded and equal playing field filmmakers.
The rest of the Marche is devoted to the buying and selling of content. Hunderds of production companies around the world, set up booths and try to attract buyers, who literally walk around and just buy content. It’s crazy. And so crazy that these production companies don’t want to talk to you if you’re not trying to throw down $1 Million into their films. Which makes things real awkward for me, cause I’m a broke college student trying to find a job at one of these production companies.