April 15, 2021
Listening to and answering the needs of the industry, the Marché du Film team has decided to run the online Pre-Cannes Screenings from June 21-25, two weeks before the Marché du Film physcial market in Cannes (6-15 July).
Based on the request from sales agents to have an event between the EFM and the Marché du Film in Cannes in July, the Marché du Film announced a few weeks ago the Pre-Cannes Screenings from May 25-28.
Much recently, some sales companies voiced their preference to hold the event later in June. Following this, it was decided to launch a ‘wide survey’ to all buyers and sellers. Over 700 answered and a vast majority confirmed their participation in the Pre-Cannes Screenings and 66 per cent voted in this new context for moving to June 21. “A vast majority confirmed their participation in the Pre-Cannes Screenings and 66% voted in this new context for moving to June21,” Marché du Film said in a statement.
Registration for the Marché du Film was opened recently with an ‘early bird’ rate in place until 19 April 2021 of € 349 (excluding taxes) for the onsite event in Cannes and € 129 (excluding taxes) for the online Marché alone.
In order to enable registered participants to adapt their plans up until the last minute, it will be possible to change from online to onsite accreditation and vice versa without incurring penalties.
In July, the Marché du Film will offer all its usual activities: stands, screenings, the Village International, networking programs, conferences… Professionals unable to travel will still be able to take part via virtual screenings of certain films, conferences that will be broadcasted simultaneously and some of the networking programs.
March 19, 2021
With the Covid-19 pandemic changing things across the world, everyone is thinking novel methods backed by technology to keep the show going. There is one such innovation by the organisers of Marché
Due to the unusually long delay between the EFM in Berlin and the Marché du Film in Cannes (6-15 July), many international sales agents have expressed the need for an intermediate event in the spring, which will allow them to do business and to network virtually, while awaiting the big rendez-vous in July when the film industry will meet up again in large numbers.
Hence, the Marché du Film is organizing the “Pre-Cannes Screenings”, four days of online screenings, end of May, on a platform that will exclusively offer virtual booths for sales companies and screening rooms in streaming.
This is being done as producers, sales agents, and distributors were pushing for an earlier market. They wanted it to secure financing for projects they can shoot in the summer or, for finished films, to allow time for a theatrical release in early summer by when, it is hoped, cinemas in most regions will again be open after coronavirus shutdowns.
Many independent distributors expect a window of opportunity in the early summer after theaters re-open but before the competitive onslaught of big projects, many of which have been pushed back to the later months to accommodate later cinema openings in the United States.
Access to the pre-Cannes platform will be strictly reserved to buyers already registered with the Marché du Film (either with an online or an onsite accreditation) and this at no extra cost.
In July, the Marché du Film will offer all its usual activities on site in Cannes: stands, screenings, the Village International, networking programs, conferences… Professionals unable to travel will still be able to take part via virtual screenings of certain films, conferences that will be broadcasted simultaneously and some of the networking programs.