Each year in May, over 200,000 people from across the globe descend on the small Riviera resort of Cannes to take part in all of the glitz and glamour that is the Cannes Film Festival. The mere mention of the city instantly conjures up images of red carpets, paparazzi camera flashes, and celebrity parties.
However, the Festival is an essential calendar date for many people for another reason: the largest film market and industry get-together on the planet takes place at the same time.
For filmmakers, Cannes is about doing deals, networking, selling films (as well as yourself), and generally working very hard to stay on top of 12 days of intense film business. Perhaps it is the fact that the event takes place in France, or maybe it is simply part and parcel of the world’s most famous film festival, but first-time visitors to Cannes can often find it all a bit overwhelming.
Cannes: A Festival Virgin’s Guide is the leading handbook for filmmakers looking to attend the festival, and to do so on a shoe-string budget. Demystifying the event and providing practical advice for attending, Cannes: A Festival Virgin’s Guide is about helping you make the most of your visit to the world’s most famous film festival, and hopefully come out with your wallet intact. Features include:
- The City: getting there, getting around, places to stay, places to eat, and more;
- The Festival: its history, structure, how to attend, and all about the screenings;
- The Biz: an overview of the business side of the festival, for filmmakers looking to attend Cannes for networking or with a project in tow;
- The Lowdown: a series of interviews with Cannes veterans, offering their advice and tips;
- Five appendices containing a wealth of contact information, and other useful information.
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