'Robo Geisha'… Did I just hallucinate that? A Cannes 2010 short memoire

What a week in Cannes. Really. I am writing this on the train which means luckily, I was not impacted by the ash cloud, unlike many other people who had real problems getting to and from the worlds craziest film festival and film market mashup. And I will be going on the train again next year too. I can use the whole trip to work on my laptop, it’s a lovely view out of the window, it’s a super smooth ride, and it’s about the same price as a flight. Very cool.

Sebastian Smith What I love about Cannes is the shot in the arm I get as a film maker. Walking around the market reminds me of what I am doing and why, meeting so many other passionate film makers reminds me that I am not the only crazy one, and I love  staying up way too late and chatting about films, deals, trends, posters, trailers, crazy Japanese movies… It’s worth it just for that. I mean really, where else can you find high euro-art movies playing right next to ‘Robo-Geisha’ (trailer above). Admittedly I was exhausted, but when I saw this trailer in the Marche Du Film (market) I was literally stopped dead in my tracks. Was I hallucinating?

Then add the whole business aspect, the ability to meet and chat with sales agents, to get a feel for ‘what is’ and ‘what is not’ selling, Cannes is just a whirlwind of possibilities and crazy ideas that ‘just might work’.
CJandJG As for the TV show, those of you who tuned in and watched LIVE will know that we had the boat for just one hour – not a minute more – and so had to make it work. And we did. Just! Though in the end we had to drop the competition, we had no-one feeding us questions (so there was no interactivity)… but what a view?! Awesome! If you missed it, you can catch up here)

This year, along with Judy and myself were a group of around 25 emerging film makers, taking part in the second leg of the ‘Cannes Workshop’ that we run every year. I will have the video blog for that up in the next few days, but I can tell you that the response from those film makers was extraordinary. For some, it was a career changing event. You will see in the video.

Devi Snively, and indie film maker from the USA was supposed to be on the show to talk about her experiences (I met Devi on the festival circuit). She sent me an email with her thoughts as Cannes conspired to keep her off the show this time, but we will get her next time. Anyway, here’s what she said…

Devi snively ‘Cannes has been a truly educational experience (way more than Sundance and AFM – I feel like I have a whole new understanding of what kinds of choices one needs to make to become a savvy and “successful” independent filmmaker – simultaneously encouraging,  discouraging and empowering.)  I highly recommend the Cannes Independent film Festival as the perfect way for indie filmmakers to do Cannes with training wheels.  I see the film industry with whole new eyes.’

Our book launch went well too, albeit a little improvised! More on that in the coming days. We have sold out of books now (Hoorah!) so if you want a copy of the new tiny shiny Guerilla Film Makers Pocketbook, head over to Amazon where you can get it for around £8 inc delivery. And if you like it, please, please leave feedback on Amazon, it makes SUCH a difference to us here at Team Living Spirit.

Elvis Finally, I just got this great photo of the new Greilla Film Makers Pocketbook from Nando Cuca, which his son Elvis, who apparently wants to be a film maker, reading the book. We liked it so much, we made it the image for the Facebook page. Do you have a great photo of the book you can share? Please email it to us at mail@livingspirit.com

OK so if you want to come to Cannes with us next year, drop us an email and we will be in touch around November time.

Onwards and upwards!

Chris Jones, Film Maker and Author

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