by Mark Rabinowitz
The BBC, in association with WDR German TV, is in pre-production on a
documentary about the Cannes Film Festival with the participation of
Gilles Jacob, President of the Cannes Film Festival, who is acting as a
consultant on the project. The feature-length project, to be produced
and directed by Stephen Walker for Little Bird Productions, will focus
on three attendees of the festival in various levels of preparedness.
These include: a first-time Cannes entrant with a completed film in the
festival; a writer, director or producer looking hustling their wares
at the Cannes Market; and a neophyte member of the film community making
their first foray into the world of international cinema.
indieWIRE spoke by telephone with U.S.-based associate producer Tessa
Gogol who said that while for the market attendee, they would focus on a
“total indie,” someone who is going to really “maximize on the market,”
drumming up interest in their project, “the newcomer,” would be “Someone
who’s almost literally sleeping on the beach.”
As far as distribution goes, Gogol stated that since BBC documentaries
are traditionally 55 minutes long, and this project is feature length,
they are hoping to get theatrical distribution, especially in the United
States. Television airings on the BBC and WDR are a given, and the
filmmakers hope for theatrical and television playdates in the rest of
Europe, as well.
[The producers are looking for participants among Cannes-bound
filmmakers, those interested in participating should contact Tessa Gogol