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Cannes American Pavilion Panels are Stellar!!

Cannes American Pavilion Panels are Stellar!!

The American Pavilion has an amazing line up of panels this year at Cannes in the Roger Ebert Concert Center. Seating for all panels is first come, first served for Standard Members. Reserved seating is available for Red Carpet members which will be held until 10 minutes prior to start time, at which point they will be released.

Please arrive early!

Here is a detailed look at the events taking place ar the Pavilion starting Friday May 15.


10:00–2:00 PM
Industry in Focus:
How Advanced Imaging Techniques Should Impact the 3D Movie Experience

Workshop and reception sponsored by 3D Stereo
MEDIA, with participation of the Advanced
Imaging Society, and the support of UP3D and

Walk-ins accepted if seats are available.

2:00 PM 
Industry in Focus:
The Casting Process

How can producers and directors collaborate with
casting directors to secure the best possible cast?

-Nancy Bishop, “Snowpiercer,” “Mission Impossible IV”
-Luci Lenox: “Traces of Sandalwood,”
“Vicky Christina Barcelona”
-Susan Shopmaker: Shortbus,
“Martha Marcy May Marlene”
-Matthew Lessall: “Chronic”

Moderated by Keith Simanton, Senior Film Editor,


2:00 PM
Industry in Focus:

State of the Industry

-Rena Ronson, UTA

-John Sloss, Cinetic Media
-Linda Lichter, Attorney

-Jean Prewitt, Independent Film & Television
Alliance (IFTA)

-Tom Quinn, RADiUS-TWC

Moderated by Matt Belloni,
The Hollywood Reporter

3:00–4:00 PM

Sony Pictures Classic’s Tom Bernard &
Michael Barker

The New York Times presents the co-presidents
and co-founders of Sony Pictures Classics,
Tom Bernard and Michael Barker in
conversation with Times contributor Logan Hill.  They will discuss Woody Allen’s new film “Irrational Man,” which screened at the festival, the importance of film festivals like Cannes and the state of the movie industry, on screen and behind the scene


12:00 PM
Salma Hayek

The New York Times presents Oscar-nominated
actress-producer Salma Hayek – “Tale of Tales,”
“Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet” – in conversation with
Times contributor Logan Hill.

1:00 PM
Industry in Focus:

American Producers at Cannes

Ram Bergman,” A Tale of Love and Darkness,”
upcoming “Star Wars: Episode VIII” and IX, “Looper”
Justin Chan and Wilson Smith, “Krisha”
Carly Hugo, “Share,” “Bachelorette”

Ryan Zacarias, “Mediterranea”

Moderated by Eric Kohn, Indiewire

3:00 PM
Industry in Focus:
What Does Empathy Looks Like on the Big Screen?

If, as Roger Ebert has said, movies are a giant machine that
generates empathy, what does it look like on the big screen and how do you
encourage it in emerging writers and filmmakers? What implications would this
have for the filmmaking industry amid a sea change in production deals and
distribution? How does it affect the critical writing about films? What
influences will it have for society as a whole?  And is it tilting at windmills or who has done it

Chaz Ebert from The Roger Ebert Center and joins Jeff Skoll of Participant
Media, a leader in telling important stories that matter; Ann Thompson of
Indiewire, Thompson on Hollywood; John Sloss of Cinetic Media and Cameron
Bailey, Artistic Director of the Toronto International Film Festival in a
discussion moderated by Nate Kohn, Vice President of the Peabody Awards, and
Festival Director of Ebertfest.

-Chaz Ebert (The Roger Ebert Center)

-John Sloss (Cinetic Media)

– Cameron
Bailey (Artistic Director, The Toronto International Film Festival)

-Anne Thompson (Indiewire)

by: Nate Kohn, Vice President, The Peabody Awards

4:30–6:30 PM

Emerging Filmmaker Showcase/ LGBTQ

Presented by American Express

10:00 PM

Queer Night
With guest DJ John Cameron Mitchell


10:00–12:30 PM

Student Filmmaker Showcase
Presented by American Express

1:00–3:00 PM

Emerging Filmmaker Showcase 
Presented by American Express


10:00–11:00 AM

Disney• Pixar’s
“Inside Out”

New York Times contributor Logan Hill interviews
director Pete Docter, producer Jonas Rivera, and
actors Amy Poehler, Mindy Kaling, Lewis Black
and Phyllis Smith, who provide the voices of Joy,
Disgust, Anger and Sadness in this original new movie.

11:00 AM
Industry in Focus:

Film Acquisitions

-Jeremy Boxer, Head of acquisitions at Vimeo
On Demand

-Ben Browning, Co-President of Production and
Acquisitions, FilmNation Entertainment

-Matt Brodlie, EVP Acquisitions, Relativity

-Bill Bromiley, Saban Films

Moderated by Pamela McClintock,
The Hollywood Reporter

1:00 PM
Industry in Focus:
American Directors at Cannes

Pippa Bianco, “Share” – Cinéfondation Competition

Jeremy Saulnier, “Green Room” – Directors’ Fortnight

Trey Edward Shults, “Krisha” – Critics’ Week

Moderated by Aaron Hillis

4:00 PM

John C. Reilly

The New York Times presents one of the most
versatile actors in movies today – John C. Reilly,
who appears in three films at the festival – “The
Lobster,” “Tale of Tales” and “Les Cowboys.”


10:00 AM

Oculus Story Studio
Virtual Reality Filmmaking

-With filmmakers like Spike Jonze, Robert
Stromberg and Guillermo Del Toro embracing
virtual reality as a filmmaking medium, meet the
founding team of Oculus’ own film studio –
‘Oculus Story Studio’. Having premiered their first
VR movie at Sundance 2015 they are at Cannes to
talk about learnings on VR storytelling.

-Saschka Unseld, Creative Director Oculus Story
Studio (Director Pixar’s Blue Umbrella)

-Max Planck, CTO, Oculus Story Studio

-Edward Saatchi, Executive Producer,
Oculus Story Studio

1:00 PM
Industry in Focus:
Genre Film

Jeremy Saulnier, Director, Green Room

Mette Marie Katz, XYZ Films

Tom Quinn, RADiUS-TWC

Jenny Jacobi, Drafthouse Media

Moderated by Jarod Neece, SXSW

2:00 PM
Film Panel:

Hear from the “Krisha” filmmakers that won the
2015 SXSW Jury Award and playing in Critics Week.
Director Trey Edward Shults, Krisha Fairchild and
other key cast and crew

Moderated by Claudette Godfrey, SXSW


2:00 PM
Indiewire’s Screen Talk Podcast Live from Cannes with Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson

4:30 PM
Film Panel:


 A 2015 Sundance favorite, and playing in Cannes
Directors’ Fortnight.
Director Rick Famuyiwa, producer Nina Yang
Bongiovi and key cast Zoe Kravitz, Chanel Iman,
Toni Revolori, Quincy Brown, Kiersey Clemens,
Shameik Moore , A$AP Rocky

Moderated by Jada Yuan, New York Magazine

8:00 PM
Karaoke Night

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