The Cannes Film Festival is held in the south of France during the month of May every year. The Palais du Festival is the building that houses the festival and the film market that accompanies it. The picture on the left shows the crowds waiting to see the movie stars as they ascend the red carpeted steps that lead to the Palais du Festival where the movies are screened.
The Cannes Film Market is an excellent place to expose a movie project while still in developmental stages. The international movie buyers have an incredible knack for what their audiences want to see. They are less swayed by the Festival hoopla since that's just a transient phenomenon, let's call it festival fever. The buyers also indicate what movie stars are popular in their respective countries. For the independent filmmaker, the Cannes Market is of more significance than the Festival.
The Market consists of a trade show with distributors showing their products to the international buyers. Here you'll find movies from all over the world competing for the attention of 1500 territorial buyers. In the picture to the right you can see the booths that film distributors and sometimes producers rent during the festival fortnight.
The indie producer and small distributors screen thousands of movies, promos and trailers at the Cannes Market to buyers from hundreds of international territories. Each buyer may purchase the rights to screen an indie movie in their territory. There are about one hundred and fifty territories, from single countries to major regions. Some buyers buy only video rights for Portugal, South Africa, Taiwan or Norway. Other buyers may buy all Far East Rights or European rights. There are buyers for US and Canada, for Mexico or South America. In short anybody who qualifies as a buyer may buy any territory for a certain movie based on a negotiated price, usually for five to ten years release times.
The Cannes Market doesn't only comprise of the booths in Palais du Festival, but runs along the entire length of the Croisette, which is the boulevard that runs along the southern coastline of Cannes and adjoining towns, which is called the Riviera. Many of the big distributors and major studios rent rooms and suites there rather than at the Palais du Festival, which they call the bunker. For most of the foreign companies and the technical displays, the Palais is a better location because the buyers find it a central place to visit, so there's less of a need to advertise in the trades or along the Croisette.
Cinema Classics, Inc. made its debut at the Cannes Film Market this year with the movie project "ADDIE'S DAUGHTER" -- a feature film which is in pre-production stages. The screenplay is by Wm. Lee Carter. The project has attracted tremendous interest from the Hollywood film industry. Its one of the finest pieces of writing to come in a long time. To review the project, click here or on the picture on the right.
If you're a producer or represent a distribution company, feel free to contact us at the e-mail below. Cinema Classics, Inc. has a slate of movies ready for production. We're also very interested in networking with the film industry. The international market place is becoming very sophisticated especially with the advances the Internet companies are making. Movie distribution and exhibition is moving into a new era of electronics and satellites.
The movie market is expanding and there is a tremendous interest in quality movies based on classical themes and art movies that the whole family can enjoy. We are committed to making highly commercial movies and establishing Cinema Classics, Inc. as a viable supplier of filmed entertainment.