This is the famous red carpet of the Cannes Film Festival that every one desires to walk on. Of course not now and not without hundreds of camera’s flashing and clicking.
Today is a good day, I can smell the goodness of it in the air. I am not totally lost any more and step by step I will find my way to the right destination. One look at the list of names and I began my little journey towards finding Dance Iranian Style a shelter to nestle. I am good at talking and today I can talk as much as I want and to be honest, what is sweeter than talking about your baby? The parents among us know that very well and the artists among us know that even more!
The first thing I do is finding Dutch Pavilion. It feels home when I switch from English to Dutch and tell why I am there. Erik introduces me to his colleagues and gives me a telephone number and an email address. I see a friend from past (Fleur) who gives me also some useful tips. It’s
always nice to meet friends in a place where everything is unknown.
Before my first meeting I check the DOC Corner and its library to be sure DIS can be found there as well. DIS is not a hundred present documentary but for its documentary part it is also registered to the Doc Corner.
The first meeting is formal but hopeful. I get a good feeling about it when I shake the hand of an interesting distributor who immediately plans a second meeting for talk further after seeing the whole film.
At the second meeting with a distributor from Italy tells me happily that he already saw the film. He says how much he loved DIS and how much he admires the makers for choosing this difficult genre (Docu-Fiction) to tell the story. While he mentions some of his favorite scenes, I begin to think that I have already a distributor at the first time, but my happy thoughts melt away when he says that his company suffers from the recession and now he just distributing commercial films, with pain in his heart, he adds.
The rest of the day is less disappointing. There are distributors who are just at Cannes to sell their own films and there are other distributors who have a nice nick name: Buyers! I need the last one. So I send Farshad Aria a message and ask him to find the buyers. In one hour I have some names: Team working!
I don’t know if I can find DIS a good distributor at Cannes or not, but one thing I know for sure: in the next days I think I will gather a list of very interesting people with whom I can exchange experiences, connections and above all the passion for film.
Today I learn also two lessons. One: Don’t underestimate the invitations from producers, distributors and film organizations you get by mail and specially don’t ignore them. Two: If you see people drinking wine/beer at 10 o’clock in the morning, don’t check your watch assuming it’s not working, just be aware that you are in France and it is normal!
After a nice day I walk towards Dutch Pavilion to have a drink. It is not 10 o’clock in the morning but almost 7 o’clock in the afternoon, so it is safe! The sun is gone and it is a little bit chilly, but the view is still so beautiful and dreamy.
I drink to a happy ending to my journey and am ready for whatever comes across my path.