Today is a good day! Not because the sun shines. The sun shines here every day, so the first days you notice that and you are very excited about it, but after a couple of days it becomes normal.
Today is a good day because I meet very nice people and the workshops are pretty awesome. I haven’t seen a single film yet and to be honest I don’t miss it at all. It is crazy because I used to be a die-hard festival addict with five and sometimes even six films per day. Now I find the workshops, the seminars and the events more interesting. Perhaps because I also know that the most of the films at Cannes are going to be seen in the cinemas.
I miss a film I had a ticket for, because there is a really good seminar at Canadian pavilion where the panel members tells us about the co-production with Canada and the benefits of it. After that at the Doc Corner we meet the director of TIFF and he tells us about how to apply a film to his festival, how to handle when you are a first feature director/producer and I get a compliment from him and the audience for a very delicate question. I’m sure you are curious about my question, but I have to tell you about the whole seminar to be able to tell my question and I’m not going to bore you with all that.
Today I miss also another film because the brochures of DIS that I ordered yesterday, are arrived and I have to fold them up, all 100 of them! I manage to do 50 of them, when my phone rings and I realize I have to run to a very very important meeting with a festival director who is interested to program DIS. I leave the rest of it at the Printing office and I run. When I come back after two hours, the rest of the brochures are folded up by Angela, the lady in charge of the printing. I’m so moved and touched. Thank you Angela!
As I said before, today is a good day. I get to know some of of talents from Arab Cinema at Marina show and every time I say goodbye to the one, I say hello to the next one. I’ve run out of my business cards and have to write down my email address for seven eight times in an hour. I also meet Philip Rashid in person and it feels we already know each other for a long time. Talented guy!
It’s about seven o’clock when me and Fleur, who already got me an invitation for Producers Network party’ go for a drink. It’s not a dancing party, these are always at late nights. This party is a networking party, where everybody tries to sell his thing, whether it is a film project, a finished film, facilities for the film making or something related to the film making. I go along!