Well everyone, we’re all scrambling now to get ready for Cannes! We leave Sunday to get one good night’s sleep there before beginning 10 days of high adrenaline networking. That especially unique feeling of painful feet will soon be ours again. It’s also painful to think there are no women in Competition and only 6 in all the sidebars and special screenings, but it is SO exciting to think of all the movies we can see…and SO sad we won’t have time to see them because we will be in meetings everyday. I am working again with the Producers Workhop, now in its second year and giving tours of the market the first 3 days. We have clients who have films and are setting up film projects that we will be working with. Check out this one – Mira/ Miranda! I have my pet project, Latino Film Financing, which I will be working on as well.
I will keep two links live for you throughout the market. One is U.S. Distributors: A – Z where you can see what U.S. Distributors are buying. The other is the Cannes Rights Roundup. Look on the blog roll on your right side – they won’t always be there so see them now and throughout Cannes.
There are many new U.S. distribs, many new digital distributors and hybrid film distributors flying under the radar. I just got an email from one example, among the myriad of emails that now endundate my email shores, asking for meetings: YEKRA, the digital service with a difference! Yekra.com is a tool set and complete system that allows content owners flexibility for self marketing directly to the digital universe. Another example which I find very exciting is the hybrid distributor Gathr whose distribution model is TOD, Theatrical on Demand, bringing the limited distribution movies that YOU want to see to YOUR local theatre whenever YOU want—even if the movie isn’t showing in your town! This bottom up model rather than the traditional model of top down, where corporate entitites decide which films will hit the theaters appeals to today’s new cinephiles.
We know all the new distributors (see the list below or the report itself for links) can’t all last, but in this current environment where last year 469 independent films were released theatrically, a huge increase from 2002’s 270 titles, in an environment where the most prominent arthouse distributors such as Fox Searchlight or Sony Pictures Classics typically release only a dozen or so movies each year, well, bravo for trying!!!
Other new Cannes attendees among U.S. distribution companies include Apple (!), Acort, Alebrije Entertainment, Ariztical (Gay!), Artsploitation, Asian Media Rights (Let’s hear it for Asia, though “old-timer” China Lion’s fame and fortune seems to be coming from the Chinese inhabited areas, not from “mainstream” audiences, Berney Films (as in Bob and Jeanie – Yea!), Big Screen, Blue River, Campus MovieFest, Check Entertainment, Cinecliq, Curio Media, Double Dutch, and North by Northwest (Zanne Devine’s new distribution company!) out of Canada, Cinema Paradiso out of Florida, Cinedigm which just purchased the suberbly long-lived successful and innovative New Video, French Feeling, Hilton, Independent Cinema, Industrial Entertainment, Koan, Latin American Theatrical Group, LD, Locomotive, Montage, Mousetrap, Naedomi, Ninety-Seven, OpenINDIE, Princ, R Squared, Red Sea. The Report in the blogroll has links to them all.
See you on the Croisette!