Mildred Richards in Cannes! Parlez-vous Francais?

Earlier this year we submitted ‘Mildred Richards’ for consideration in the Cannes Film Festival.  Specifically the 63rd Festival de Cannes, arguably the most famous and prestigious festival in the world and the Cannes Independent Film Festival (CIFF), a newer festival in Cannes which has quickly built a reputation for showcasing low budget independent films from around the world.  These festivals are known throughout the world and receive thousands of submissions so naturally we assumed that being selected was a long shot and we were completely surprised that ‘Mildred Richards’ was accepted to both!!!!

Prior to receiving our good news, pre-production of ‘Fall Girl’ had just kicked into high gear and we had made some conscientious cost-cutting decisions which included cutting our budget for festival travel – our biggest expense over the past few months.  However, the opportunity to truly increase our presence in the industry and learn how an international audience reacts to Radio Film Pictures was something that we could not let pass.  We have always felt that attending screenings and interacting with people provides us with meaningful insight into what resonates with the audience.  So after limited deliberations the decision was: CANNES HERE WE COME!

The main festival action takes place on the Croisette and although we received many emails from the festivals (some of which were in French) we really didn’t know what to expect.  The emails provided information about the various screenings and events that were planned but they didn’t really provide an accurate snapshot of what to do upon arrival.  Thankfully, it’s impossible to lose your way when you leave the train station in Cannes, you simply follow the crowd. 

As we entered the Festival Zone, security guards were checking ID’s.  Once we cleared security we entered the Palais where we received our badges upon presentation of our accreditation confirmation.  We then picked up our Festival bags which contained the Official Program, Official Catalogue, the Festival Handbook and the Screening Schedules.

The time we spent in the Short Film Corner was great.  The whole place is buzzing with activity from filmmakers, representatives from film commissions, international film festivals and of course various sales and acquisitions companies.  We did in fact learn a lot, especially how short films are marketed and sold.  We got invaluable feedback from people who screened ‘Mildred Richards’ and even more information on where we can go with Radio Film Pictures once production of ‘Fall Girl’ is completed.

We stopped at the American Pavilion to meet our fellow Americans who were in Cannes.  The view of the sea was beautiful.  Over at the CIFF villa there was a more relaxed atmosphere.  We were treated to non-stop screenings.  Our audience was comprised of talented filmmakers from around the world and during our Q&A, it was empowering to hear their positive feedback about the first Radio Film Picture.  They loved the concept!  It was also a huge compliment to hear that ‘Mildred Richards’ had great production value, acting and that it “looked like genuine ‘40s noir”.  We hope that we will continue to see more great films in the future from those we met at CIFF.

There was something magical about Cannes, a certain je ne sais quoi.  We are back in NYC energized from all we learned and experienced.  Pre-production of ‘Fall Girl’ is continuing and we would love you to support Radio Film Pictures.  Your donations to the production of ‘Fall Girl’ are tax-deductible, to the extent permitted by law, through our fiscal sponsorship arrangement with Fractured Atlas, a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit organization that supports independent artists.  Please make a tax-deductible donation online at Fractured Atlas.

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