Earlier today I attended one of the Short Film Corner SFC Breakfast sessions. For those who have a film in the Short Film Corner, you are registered on a number mailers detailing various activities going on throughout the festival. The Breakfast’s are a series of “speed dating” style meetings where filmmakers get to pitch their film’s to distributors, television aggregators and screening venues for 5 minutes in a free-for-all roundtable breakfast setting.
I thought it was a good event, and I have some promising leads for my new short once its released. To be successful, you not only need to have artistic vision, good story telling abilities and all that. You also need to be a solid business person (or work with one). I can’t stress the importance of meeting people face to face in an event like this over blind email submissions.
Some of the companies represented at my sessions were:
L´AGENCE DU COURT MÉTRAGE
FESTIVAL DEL FILM LOCARNO
TV3 TELEVISIO DE CATALUNYA
Below is a copy of the email I received informing me I’d been selected
date: Sat, May 12, 2012 at 6:26 AM
subject: May 20th Breakfast Confirmation – Short Film Corner
We are glad to inform you that you will be able to attend a Short Film Corner breakfast on Sunday, May 20th at 9 a.m.
This session will take place at the Terrasse du Festival (in the Palais des Festivals, Level 4). Please make sure to arrive on time.
Due to a very high number of requests, please note that:
- Only one person per request and per film will be accepted. If you have asked to attend with one or several collaborators, please choose only one person to represent your film.
- The breakfast time and date will not be subject to any change.
Looking forward to welcoming you in Cannes,