In addition to the usual bilateral meetings with our network’s delegates as well as industry players and institutions representatives, the 75th Festival de Cannes edition marked an important increase in FERA’s visibility on the Croisette through events co-organised thanks to landmark partnerships – after a year of absence due to the pandemic.
A Festive Start at the Directors’ Fortnight
On Friday May 20, FERA members were welcomed at the first EUROPEAN FILM RECEPTION in Cannes, organised by FERA and the European Film Academy, which brought together almost 400 European filmmakers and industry players from across Europe and beyond. The Directors’ Fortnight (Quinzaine des Réalisateurs) and FERA member Société des Réalisateurs de Films (S.R.F.) co-hosted the event, in collaboration with Little White Lies and Screen International.
>>> Photos of the event available here: https://www.europeanfilmacademy.org/european-film-reception/
Resetting the European narrative on the current state of our film industry
The May 23 “Constant Gardeners – Realities of Today’s Film Sector in Europe” conference discussions laid bare the need for European, national and regional policy makers to reset support to the film industry in order to create sustainable conditions for filmmakers and the cinema ecosystem at large in Europe. The event was part of the Cannes Film Market’s industry programme and co-organised by European organisations representing film directors, film directors, producers, sales agents, distributors, and cinema.
>>> Co-organisers Joint Statement available here: https://screendirectors.eu/constant-gardeners-the-realities-of-todays-film-sector-in-europe/
>>> Replay: you can watch the recording of the event at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tGl9uuE3b18
In discussion with Agnieszka Holland on documentary in Cannes and all things filmmaking
FERA then joined the Doc Day on Tuesday May 24 with an interview of Polish director and FERA Ambassador Agnieszka Holland, who was present at the festival as the Œil d’or Award Jury President, by FERA CEO Pauline Durand-Vialle. The discussion ranged from her experience as Jury president, a singular 2022 Cannes edition with reality and war very present despite the festival’s fiction escapism, to her activism fighting for European cinema.
Organised by Cannes Docs-Marché du Film, with the support of Doc Alliance & Participant, and in association with L’Œil d’or, the documentary Award created in 2015 by FERA associate member LaScam in collaboration with the Festival de Cannes, DAE-Documentary Association of Europe, CNC, ACID & Unifrance, the event aims at giving visibility to the documentary genre in the Cannes ecosystem.
The Jury led by Agnieszka Holland and composed of French actor Pierre Deladonchamps, Fidadoc General director Hicham Falah, Ukrainian filmmaker Iryna Tsilyk, and Spanish film critic Alex Vicente awarded l’Oeil d’Or to Indian filmmaker Shaunak Sen’s “All That Breathes”, and the jury’s Special Award to late Lithuanian filmmaker Mantas Kvedaravicius’ “Mariupolis 2”.
>>> Doc Day:
>>> L’Oeil d’Or:
Also in Cannes this year…
Two European Audiovisual Observatory conferences available on Replay:
>>> May 19 – FOCUS 2022: Key trends in the film sector: 45 minutes in Cannes to understand the latest trends and tendences on the international cinema markets! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k0XiSmNUXms
>>> May 21 – Conference “Circulation of European films: is availability enough?” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HUr20ngdfVM
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