The back of the Marche. The market place is so massive that it takes up two entire convention halls and is honestly a larger part of Cannes than the festival itself. I was listening to a lecture that someone was giving on the floor–no idea who it was because I arrived late to it–but he was explaining the difference between film festivals and film markets. When you’re trying to send your independent film around to try for distribution, you need to hit the 5 major stops on the Circuit: Cannes in the summer, Toronto in the fall, Sundance in the winter, and Berlin in the spring. I honestly never would have known that, because no class at Rutgers talks about marketing your film.
Happy hour at the short film corner. Every day at 5pm, as the Marche is closing down for the day, the Short Film Corner stocks up on free Stella Artois and the French equivalent of 3-Buck Chuck, and lets all the SFC filmmakers mix and mingle. This is my favorite time of the day! …not for the free alcohol, which is always a plus considering how uber-expensive everything is here, let alone food and wine…but because everyone is at the same place in their careers as me. We all have our shorts, ranging from 5 to 25ish minutes, and we’re just showing them around at Cannes. It’s great to hear all the stories about how their films were made, the trials the filmmakers had to face, different techniques they are using, and to see what the finished product looks like!