After leaving Austin and having a layover in Atlanta, I arrived in Nice. The flights were long, and I’m pretty sure the couple sitting next to me joined the “mile high club,” but I made it safe and sound. After a short shuttle ride to Cannes, a group of us checked into our apartment which is like so friggin’ close to the festival, it’s sick. We scored a really nice location and the apartment itself is really swell. I’ll get a picture of that up soon.
So far, I’m just getting acclimated. The festival officially kicks off tomorrow with The Da Vinci Code, but we’re all checking in and collecting our badges, program guides, etc. There’s a fair share of wireless around town, and I’ve found a nice spot in the lobby of the Gran Hotel. I’m surrounded by meetings in the lobby: to my right is World Cinema Publicist (and Lafayette, LA native!) Richard Lormand meeting with international press as he gets things rolling for the premiere of Fast Food Nation. In front of me is an American woman pitching a seminar program to organizers from another European festival. In other words, the festival is 24 hours from starting and people are already getting busy with business.
Okay, back to getting settled. More soon.