CANNES FOCUS: We’re focusing on packages this year — it’s crucial to get onboard projects earlier and earlier. We acquired Mick Jackson’s “Denial” at Cannes as a script last year. We’re also screening a few films, but there are only a handful of English language films available in the selection as most of them were acquired early. When things quiet down, I always look at the rest of the festival to look for interesting filmmakers. Finally, we’re premiering our summer release “Captain Fantastic” in the Un Certain Regard category, so that will be a treat.
TIPS OF THE TRADE: If you’re here with a project, ask yourself; who is the audience for my film? Who is best equipped to help me reach that audience? What kind of release am I looking for? Choose your partners, producers, foreign sales agent, carefully and ask the tough questions. You need to make sure your strategy, budget and sales estimates are realistic as you raise financing.
DAILY RITUAL: Cannes is really a good time to catch up with sales companies, producers and other industry folks, so meetings consume most of our time here. We also catch up on a lot of footage from films in post-production, allowing distribution companies to grab films for the fall or following year early. Basically we run up and down the Croisette and pray for a spot with Wi-Fi.
Check out the trailer for Bleecker Street’s “Captain Fantastic” below: