If you watch the highlights of the Cannes International Film Festival on television or read glossy magazine articles about it, you might think it is all about stars, red carpet, flashlights and expensive cars. Every new and inexperienced filmmaker wants to be part of this magic world of cinema. Stepping out from a limo, being applauded on the red carpet, answering questions confidently or cheekily at press conferences.
But that’s just the shop window. Cannes – with its lineups, market, and talent programmes – concentrates on each and every important part of the industry. Which means that if you understand Cannes, you understand the film business.
Visiting the Cannes IFF for the very first time is a bit of a shock for everyone. It’s not very easy to accept that you are just one of the thousands of visitors at this event. Young talents especially, whose films will be found at the Short Film Corner, or even the lucky (and very talented) ones, who have been selected to the Cinéfondation, expect something else. But Cannes means a great chance, not instant success.
It takes time for everybody to learn the tips, tricks and rules of the strange universe of this festival. We at Daazo.com have decided to make it a bit easier for you. We have created World of Shorts magazine’s Cannes Issue to help to tackle the first challenges – both as a festival-visiting cinéphile and as a young filmmaker.
If somebody doubts that there is a market for short films, we would just kindly ask them to take a look at the Short Film Corner in the basement of the Palais de Festival. There are around 2,000 films (and that’s already a selection) competing for dozens of buyers. Television stations, VOD platforms, cinemas and museums have also discovered that short film is a special tool for entertainment – and for self-expression too. People have never watched as many short films as they do today. And this is great news for any young filmmaker: you just need to use the opportunity.
In this issue, we are about to list these opportunities and ’good-to-knows’ from different points of view. You will find a great article by Anja Sosic and Jan Naszewski – who manage one of the quickest emerging boutique sales companies of Europe, New Europe Film Sales – summarising very precisely what the chances and possibilities for a short film are. The world of law is a most unfamiliar jungle for a young talent – but luckily, we have Michel Gyory, who clarifies the basic questions about authors’ rights. Also, Dan Saunders, the Director of Content Services at Samsung gives us a glimpse of the brave (and smart) new world of connected television, which offers a great new platform for short film providers (including Daazo.com). We have also gathered the most important festivals and training workhops for you where you can build your career and improve your skills. And just to make things even more fun, take part in our online Impossible Film Contest on Daazo.com, to win valuable prizes and training opportunities.
Besides these practical issues, we would like to foster the creativity of the young filmmakers. In the Mapping Your Mind section we present drawings by filmmakers from the Short Film Competition and the Cinéfondation – we asked them to “translate” their films into a very simple sketch instead of asking boring questions from them. Is there anything in common among the last years’ festival-winning films? You will get the answer from our critic. Also, we asked the representatives of Cinéfondation and the Short Film Corner about this year’s selection and news from the short film market.
So let’s Cannes together – please use this issue of World of Shorts magazine as your guide to the short film related programmes of the Cannes International Film Festival.
text: Dániel Deák
illustration: Matheus Lopes Castro