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Get to Know This Summer’s Filmmakers Through These 12 Sundance Films

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(L–R) Writer-director Hannah Pearl Utt and co-writer Jen Tullock star as sisters in “Before You Know It,” which premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.

By Lucy Spicer

Summer is just around the corner, and with it comes the time-honored tradition of beating the heat by losing yourself in a new story inside a darkened movie theater (or through a streaming service on your couch, take your pick). 

This summer’s lineup of films runs the gamut — a music documentary, a historical drama, a video game adventure, a classic disaster movie sequel, an absurdist anthology, and much more. And a dozen of their filmmakers have ties to Sundance Institute. 

So before you book your tickets to their new releases, why not familiarize yourself with these filmmakers’ earlier Sundance-supported works?

BEFORE YOU SEE THE BEACH BOYS

Combining previously unseen footage with both archival and contemporary interviews, Frank Marshall and Thom Zimny’s documentary celebrates the history of The Beach Boys, whose iconic harmonies and lyrics made them one of the most influential bands in pop music. Streaming on Disney+ May 24.

… WATCH WILLIE NELSON & FAMILY

Told in his own words as well as those of close family and friends, this multipart series traces the legendary career of Willie Nelson — spanning an impressive seven decades — and paints a portrait of the man’s legacy in music, philanthropy, and activism. Directed by Zimny and Oren Moverman, the series premiered in its entirety at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival. Check viewing options here.

BEFORE YOU SEE JIM HENSON IDEA MAN

Academy Award–winning director Ron Howard chronicles the life of filmmaker and puppeteer Jim Henson, whose tireless imagination created characters that continue to be beloved by all ages today, over 30 years after Henson’s passing. The new documentary features interviews with Henson’s family and collaborators, including fellow puppeteer Frank Oz. Streaming on Disney+ May 31.

… WATCH REBUILDING PARADISE

On November 18, 2018, the town of Paradise was almost entirely destroyed by the deadliest wildfire in California’s history. Howard’s poignant film bears witness to both the trauma and resilience of the town’s residents as they attempt to rebuild their community. Featuring a score composed by Lorne Balfe and Hans Zimmer, the documentary premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. Check viewing options here.

BEFORE YOU SEE CORA BORA

Cora (Megan Stalter) hasn’t had much luck launching her music career in Los Angeles, and her long-distance open relationship with girlfriend Justine (Jojo T. Gibbs) isn’t thriving, either. When it looks as though Justine may have fallen in love with someone else, Cora travels to Portland in an attempt to revive her

Award-Winning Drama Shorts from the Festival

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Strap in for a trip down memory lane! Today we’re cruising back through the amazing drama shorts that have won in this category throughout the years. From broken relationships to beauty pageants, which one is your favourite?

The Golden West (2023)
Tom Berkeley & Ross White

Having fled the Great Famine, two warring Irish sisters seek their fortunes in the gold rush. But with winter fast approaching and nothing to show for their efforts, their age-old feud threatens to become deadly.

Invisible Border (2021)
Mark Gerstorfer

Set in Vienna, Austria, this tense and thought-provoking short film begins with a deportation that takes place in the middle of the night. Police officer Nancy and her colleague Albert have the task of evicting a family.

Miss Chazelles (2019)
Thomas Vernay

Clara was elected first runner-up in the local beauty competition, whereas Marie, her competitor, won the prize. While the tension rises between Clara’s friends and Marie’s family, the two rivals maintain an ambiguous relationship.

In Wonderland (2018)
Christopher Hayden

It begins and ends in the same moment. In Wonderland transports us to a beach where Alice has come to say goodbye to Michael. It’s the story of one moment and their whole relationship, seen through the filter of Alice’s memory. 

Silence (2016)

Dejan Mrkic

A young musician begins to tackle the fragility of her own identity when her hearing – which serves as an extension of her livelihood – starts to fade. We meet her as she tries to come to terms with a seemingly muted existence.

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Marché du Film Highlights Final Newsletter

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The Marché du Film closes its 2024 edition with record attendence figures!
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We are thrilled to have had you with us, whether from near or far, for this fantastic #MDF24 edition. Your impressive attendance surpassed our expectations, making this our LARGEST market edition ever!  An incredible 15,000 of you gathered here at the heart of the film industry so THANK YOU for joining us!  Discover the first highlights of the 2024 Marché du Film below!  
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Catalan Films at FESTIVAL DE CANNES

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The Cannes Film Festival celebrates its 77th edition from May 14th to May 25th. The Catalan audiovisual industry was back at  Riviera A4 with selections both in the festival and the market, and with a delegation of near 80 companies!

 

Official Selection - Cannes Premiere

 

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MISERICORDIA
by Alain Guiraudie
 CG Cinéma | Andergraun Films | Rosa Filmes | Arte France Cinéma | Scala Films
Sales by Les Films du Losange

Screenings
Mon 20 | 19.30h | Théâtre Debussy (World Premiere)
Tue 21 | 21.45h | Salle Buñuel

 

 

 

Catalan Films at
MARCHÉ DU FILM 


Get ready to immerse yourself in the renowned Marché du Film, the market of the festival, that year after year brings together the top-tier of the international film industry.  

On this edition, five Catalan projects have been carefully selected...
Check them out!

 

 

 

Cannes Impact Day May 16 Panel line-up

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IMPACT AT CANNES MARCHÉ DU FILM 2024 ADDRESSES THE FUTURE OF DEMOCRACY, WOMEN’S RIGHTS & MENTAL HEALTH ACTION
 
The forthcoming Cannes Marché du Film impACT programme 2024 led by Think-Film Impact Production will highlight innovation, creativity and action in an action-focused day centred on the socially pressing topics of democracy, women’s rights and mental health. 

The programme is sponsored by SHOWTIME/MTV Entertainment Studios and Maybelline, amongst others, and includes as speakers Oscar-winning director of 20 Days in Mariupol Mstyslav Chernov, award-winning journalist, author, translator, producer and Golden Globe Associate Tina Jøhnk Christensen, and Vice President of Social Impact for SHOWTIME/MTV Entertainment Studios at Paramount Global, Noopur Agarwal.

On Thursday May 16th, 2024 as part of Festival de Cannes’ and Marché du Film’s investment in corporate social responsibility, the Plages des Palmes will play host to the fourth annual Cannes impACT programme, a series of high-powered conversations convened by film impact industry leaders Think-Film Impact Production. Speakers will reflect on pressing current issues and trends, and present solutions around these that can be mainstreamed for social impact. These conversations as a whole hope to inform film industry business practices and build a more socially responsible creative economy, encouraging a progressive transformation of the global film and entertainment industry through tangible commitments and action.

The impACT programme commences at 09:00 with a morning interactive wellness session to clear the mind and rejuvenate after the first night of Cannes festivities. Creative professionals are at particular risk of stress, burnout, and exhaustion; this window to prioritise personal mental health amidst the business of the Cannes Film Festival is led by Alexandra Miles, Founder of non-profit Project Blackbird, and includes presentation of a short film and peer-encouragement journal prompt reflection. All are welcome to attend and participate.

Afternoon panel conversations run from 14:30 to 17:00. 

The first panel fixes its gaze on the essential need for stronger female representation in film, and considers how impact can be leveraged to level the playing field. Speakers include award-winning screenwriter and Academy Member Misan Sagay, and award-winning journalist, author, translator, producer and Golden Globe Associate Tina Jøhnk Christensen. Talented directing duo Nada Riyadh and Ayman El Amir will introduce their female-led documentary about womanhood and women’s access to art, “The Brink of Dreams” which follows a rebellious group of girls who formed a street theatre troupe in a remote Egyptian village. The film was selected for Cannes Critics’ Week and premieres on May 17th 2024, 11:30 at Miramar. 

The second panel unpacks through a lens of mental health how narrative and production investment in foundational societal considerations can vitally unlock creative potential and generate transformative economic and impact returns. Celebrating Mental Health Action Day, Vice President of Social Impact for SHOWTIME/MTV Entertainment Studios at Paramount Global, Noopur Agarwal, will present the Read more

Arab Cinema Center Celebrates 10 Years in Cannes

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The Arab Cinema Center unveils a captivating lineup of high-profile events!

From star-studded panel discussions to the prestigious Critics Awards for Arab Films ceremony (access by invitation only), the Arab Cinema Center will be shining a spotlight on the outstanding talent driving the industry's Golden Age in the Middle East and North African region. 

Dive now into the panel lineup, happening at the Main Stage and the prestigious Plage des Palmes

  • MAD World Presentation
    THU. 16 MAY, 11:30-12:30
     
  • Talent Hotbed : How Arab Artists & Artisans are Conquering the Entertainment World
     FRI. 17 MAY, 15:00-17:00
     
  • Displacement — Cinematic Perspectives | Presented with UNHCR and IEFTA 
     SUN. 20 MAY, 09:30-11:00
     
  • Jordan: A Case Study in Sustainable Growth
     SUN. 20 MAY, 11:15-12:00 


With a particular focus on Arab creative talent, this year’s ACC activities are designed to draw international attention to the wealth of storytelling expertise and artistry on both sides of the camera, which have helped usher in a new Golden Age of Arab Cinema across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

This year’s ACC program will comprise a total of four separate panel sessions, in addition to the ACC’s highly anticipated annual beach-side ceremony for the Critics Awards for Arab Films. All events will take place at the prestigious Plage des Palmes — the official beachside venue shared by the Festival de Cannes and Marché du Film.

“These panels always attract a huge crowd in Cannes, which speaks volumes about the international demand to both see more Arab films in the global arena and to collaborate with talents and changemakers in the region to make sure more exciting, entertaining and relevant stories see the light of day,” commented ACC Co-Founders Alaa Karkouti and Maher Diab. “We are forever thankful to the Cannes Film Festival, their incredible team at the Marché du Film, and all our partners and collaborators for giving us the space to keep elevating the pan-Arab film industry in the eyes of the global community.”

The festivities will commence with the star-studded, three-hour event collectively bannered as “Talent Hotbed: How Arab Artists & Artisans are Conquering the Entertainment World” (15:00-17:00, 17 May) which will be presented by ACC, And MAD Celebrity and consist of two celebrity-filled panels, followed by an hour-long invite-only reception.

The first panel, “The Arab New Wave: The Actors,” moderated by Melanie Goodfellow of Deadline, will spotlight Arab cinema’s rising stars in a joint discussion about the opportunities and challenges they face in breaking into the international marketplace. Following this, “The Arab New Wave: The Artists and Artisans,” moderated by Michael Rosser of Screen International, will celebrate the work of the newest generation of talents working behind the camera. This session will dive into their international career paths, shedding light on the necessary steps for more of these exceptional artists to garner recognition beyond the MENA region.

On the following day, 18 May, ACC, MAD Solutions, IEFTA (International Emerging Film Talent Association) and NEFT Emerging Film Talent International Competition will host the annual ceremony for the Critics Awards for Arab Films (17:00-19:00). Launched in 2017 by the ACC at the Festival

UNIFRANCE events in Cannes

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Unifrance at the 77th Cannes Film Festival 

Unifrance will be present at the Critics' Week jury, Unifrance's Unifrance Rendez-Vous in Paris and the Cannes Film Festival, will also be presented on the Unifrance Terrace.
 

The Unifrance stand at the Marché du Film

Unifrance will also be present alongside professionals through its 95-square-meter stand located in the Marché du Film (Riviera-L0), which can host meetings for Unifrance member producers and exporters, and will provide an umbrella for two export companies: Octopolis.
This space will also be the venue where Unifrance teams will meet with their contacts: directors and selectors of foreign festivals, international distributors, representatives of VOD platforms, exporters, market managers, audiovisual attachés, cultural advisors, partners, and export professionals.

Two happy hours (by invitation only), conceived to encourage – in a convivial way – exchanges between French professionals and their foreign counterparts, are also planned, with a focus on international festivals and producers.

  HIGHLIGHTS
  Launching the Marché on the Unifrance Terrace with foreign distributors and French exporters

Unifrance's traditional cocktail reception, which honors foreign distributors and French exporters, will be held on Wednesday, May 15 on the Unifrance Terrace (by invitation only). This gathering, which marks the beginning of the Marché du Film, will be followed by numerous professional events that will be held either on the Unifrance Terrace or at the Unifrance stand, such as the working breakfast that will bring together French audiovisual attachés and Unifrance teams (May 17).
 

French documentaries on the Unifrance Terrace

On Thursday, May 16, Unifrance will join Cannes Docs & EURODOC to host, on the Unifrance Terrace, Cannes Docs' opening cocktail reception (by invitation only).

On the evening of May 16, the jury for the Oeil d'or documentary award will gather on the Terrace for dinner.


Meetings focusing on exports

Unifrance will participate at the lunch devoted to French cinema in the world organized by the CNC on its beach on Thursday, May 16, that will bring together some 100 French and foreign guests: institutions, distributors, festival directors, exporters, etc.


French animation on the Unifrance Terrace

On Sunday, May 19, Unifrance will join the Read more

See what's coming up next week at the Market 14-22 May 2024!

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Get ready for an exciting Marché edition!

We're just a few weeks away from the launch of our new edition, and we're excited to share with you all the exciting events, selections and showcases that are bound to make #MDF24 extra special!  

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WHAT TO EXPECT AT #MDF24!

 
 
 

 

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Launching "Next Tech on the Beach"

Next Tech on the Beach

Reshaping the cinematic industry!

Cannes Next and Sprockit — The Global Open Innovation Platform are teaming up to launch their first joint investment summit in Cannes, titled Next Tech on the Beach! This invite-only event at the Plage des Palmes will showcase six groundbreaking start-ups and offer attendees an exclusive look at their innovative tech and investment opportunities.

Investors, corporations, and startups interested in participating at this prestigious summit can register now!

The Arab Cinema Center’s events and panels in Cannes highlighting Arab talent

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ARAB CINEMA CENTER ORCHESTRATES FIVE HIGH-PROFILE EVENTS AT THE UPCOMING CANNES FILM FESTIVAL & MARché du film, in collaboration with MAD CELEBRITY

 

The Arab Cinema Center (ACC) is proud to announce its continued collaboration with the Marché du Film, alongside MAD Celebrity, for a series of captivating panel discussions and events, set to take place during this year’s market edition at the 77th Festival de Cannes, scheduled from 14 to 25 May.

 

With a particular focus on Arab creative talent, this year’s ACC activities are designed to draw international attention to the wealth of storytelling expertise and artistry on both sides of the camera, which have helped usher in a new Golden Age of Arab Cinema across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

 

This year's ACC program will comprise a total of four separate panel sessions, in addition to the ACC’s highly anticipated annual beach-side ceremony for the Critics Awards for Arab Films. All events will take place at the prestigious Plage des Palmes — the official beachside venue shared by the Festival de Cannes and Marché du Film.

 

“These panels always attract a huge crowd in Cannes, which speaks volumes about the international demand to both see more Arab films in the global arena and to collaborate with talents and changemakers in the region to make sure more exciting, entertaining and relevant stories see the light of day,” commented ACC Co-Founders Alaa Karkouti and Maher Diab. “We are forever thankful to the Cannes Film Festival, their incredible team at the Marché du Film, and all our partners and collaborators for giving us the space to keep elevating the pan-Arab film industry in the eyes of the global community.”

 

The festivities will commence with the star-studded, three-hour event collectively bannered as “Talent Hotbed: How Arab Artists & Artisans are Conquering the Entertainment World” (15:00-17:00, 17 May) which will be presented by ACC, And MAD Celebrity and consist of two celebrity-filled panels, followed by an hour-long invite-only reception.

 

The first panel, “The Arab New Wave: The Actors,” moderated by Melanie Goodfellow of Deadline, will spotlight Arab cinema’s rising stars in a joint discussion about the opportunities and challenges they face in breaking into the international marketplace. Following this, “The Arab New Wave: The Artists and Artisans,” moderated by Michael Rosser of Screen International, will celebrate the work of the newest generation of talents working behind the camera. This session will dive into their international career paths, shedding light on the necessary steps for more of these exceptional artists to garner recognition beyond the MENA region.

 

On the following day, 18 May, ACC, MAD Solutions, IEFTA (International Emerging Film Talent Association) and NEFT Emerging Film Talent International Competition will host the annual ceremony for the Critics Awards for Arab Films (17:00-19:00). Launched in 2017 by the ACC at the Festival de Cannes, this special awards ceremony provides a platform for a glittering jury of more than 200 prominent international film critics to select and honor the best of recent Arab cinema across numerous awards categories.

 

Finally, on 20 May, ACC — in collaboration with IEFTA and UNHCR — will be presenting a pressingly t

Marché du Film launches new Cannes Remakes Program introducing 11 new IPs

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The new initiative aims to foster the international circulation of European IPs for new film adaptations.

 

For its first edition, 11 IP (Intellectual Proprety) titles from France, Spain and Italy, were selected and will be presented in Cannes thanks to our partners CNC (the French National Center of Cinema and Moving Images), ICAA (Institute of Cinematography & Audiovisual Arts) and the Directorate General for Cinema & Audiovisual-Italian Ministry of Culture & Cinecittà.

The half-day event will be held on 20 May at the CNC Beach and will include a pitching session, a series of pre-arranged one-to-one meetings and a networking cocktail event, offering a dynamic opportunity for IP holders to connect with producers and buyers. 

The Marché du Film, in partnership with the CNC – French National Center of Cinema and Moving Images, is excited to announce the launch of Cannes Remakes, set to debut at the upcoming film market edition from 14 to 22 May.

Together with the CNC, and with the support and collaboration of the Institute of Cinematography & Audiovisual Arts (ICAA) and the Directorate General for Cinema and Audiovisual-Italian Ministry of Culture (DGCA-MiC) and Cinecittà, Cannes Remakes will spotlight a handpicked selection of the finest European intellectual property (IP) titles, ready to be remade into new film adaptations.

The program is designed to tap into the thriving IP market, which has seen tremendous growth, largely driven by the increased investment from global streaming services. Film remakes, in particular, have established themselves as a lucrative venture in the marketplace as they offer lower risk and proven marketability.

Cannes Remakes aims to foster this rising trend in remakes by showcasing pre-existing IPs, which have already proven successful in their initial territories, and by facilitating connections between international buyers and producers.

“Remakes are injecting a fresh dynamism into the film industry, hinting at a notable shift. We are excited to support this evolution through Cannes Remakes,” states Guillaume Esmiol, Executive Director of the Marché du Film. “It’s not just about English-language remakes; there’s a rising trend of adaptations across various languages. Audiences are drawn to narratives that resonate with their distinct cultural nuances, paving the way for diverse, global storytelling. We aim to expand the IP market in Cannes and create a platform where IP holders can engage with producers and IP buyers, unlocking potential business opportunities.”

Jérémie Kessler, Director of European & International Affairs at the CNC, adds, “The international trend towards IP, which is particularly evident with American studios and buyers from Asia, now appears to be a structuring factor. It is thus important for the CNC to launch this programme with the Marché du Film. This programme fits in with our massive support for exports but also our strategic priority of defending strategic cultural assets and promoting European IP. For it is these IPs that create value for producers, international sellers and companies, and make it possible to support truly free and independent European creation.”

Cannes Remakes is part of the Marché du Film’s new initiatives, supported by Creative Europe MEDIA. The inaugural program will include a pitching session

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