Guest Article: What To Do At Cannes If Your Short Got In
Festival de Cannes is a massive film event, where filmmakers from all over the world come together for ten days. They show their films, sell, discuss, network, share knowledge in workshops, and of course, spend some time in South of France.
The festival offers infinite possibilities through the insane number of activities happening throughout the festival. There’s no way to participate in all of the activities; many are happening simultaneously. While features and short films are shown in different theaters, fireworks are being released over the beach, which can be seen on the top of a hotel where a party with producers is being held – that sort of simultaneousness. It’s very important to plan ahead for attending the activities that will best benefit your purpose of being at the festival. You have to do that before landing in France – which I obviously didn’t do.
When I landed on the airport of Nice, a bunch of photographers and reporters were cluttering around an actor in my arrivals gate. I quickly found out that Justin Timberlake was on the same plane as me. Right in my first minutes in France I could have a sample of what Festivals de Cannes is known for: The Glamour. It really is an aspect that arises from all the films, the theaters, the many parties, the fancy hotels, and the beautiful backdrop of the French town. The city is surround by the astonishing Mediterranean Sea, the hotels and the parties hosted by them are remarkable, and the films lined up are very intriguing. That all sounds very fun and exciting, and it really is – but that’s where the danger lies hidden…
…It took me one and a half days until I was able to actually reach the festival itself.
Thales Correa studies at Santa Monica College in Los Angeles.
Being a young director from Brazil, he recently got accepted to the Cannes Short Film Corner 2013 with his film Parents. He also initiated a Suicide Awareness Team at SMC in spirit of his film, and is now working on his next screenplay.Check out his work on the film’s facebook page.