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The Doc Corner at Cannes and a Pick-Up

The Doc Corner at Cannes and a Pick-Up

The Cannes Marche du Film has a new initiative, the Doc Corner, which allows buyers and programmers priority access to a digital video library including all documentaries presented in Cannes. Furthermore, the Documentary Brunch brings together the documentary film community in a friendly networking atmosphere.

The Doc Corner, has been showing new documentaries online and at their stand in the Palais in Cannes and some have connected with the Sales community here. This new initiative of Marche Directeur Delegue Jerome Paillard is designed to help Marche participants to find distribution, sales and festival play for their feature length (70 minutes plus) documentary new and completed films.

  • Among other services 220 completed documentary films are available to view only at the Doc Corner stand in the Palais.  
  • After Cannes Fest and Marche finish in late May, all films will be available to screen online at the Marche website
  • All of the completed international films are available for all rights for sales, distribution and fests.
  • These films are meant for cinemas, not “just” TV.
  • There are also ‘a few’ docs here (12 in all) from the Marche adjacent event, Short Film Corner.
  • Additionally 6 documentary features from Cannes FF and also from the concurrent Critic’s Week and Director’s Fortnight events are here.
  • There are also a running series of ‘Meet With …’ events where an expert comes for group discussions with no more than 15 filmmakers who are pre-registered.  The idea ‘Meet With…’ sessions are to help films find sales, distribution and festival play worldwide.
  • There are also documentary funding agencies here to discuss projects.  Among these are Cinereach / USA and Jan Vrijman Fund / Netherlands.
  • Lastly, again this year the well attended ‘Docu Brunch’ will take place in the Majestic for several hundred attendees and docu experts to meet, mingle and network.

The Music According to Antonio Carlos Jobim, a new Portugese feature docu Directed by Nelson Pereira Dos Santos, is negotiating their sales deal now.

Half a century ago, Brazilian composer and musician Antonio Carlos Jobim (1927-1994) introduced bossa nova to a worldwide audience with ”The Girl from Ipanema.” This musical collage of countless seamlessly edited excerpts of concert footage covers decades of events all over world. There is no commentary; the music speaks for itself. Picture postcards, private photos, official documents, posters, album covers, and sheet music complement the concert footage.

The film is in Portugese and English, 84 minutes.  It has now, in Cannes, screened twice, out of Competition.

The important Paris based international sales company Wide House has selected this film for its new documentary division.

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