By Arun Fulara. Posted on March 20, 2015
The Cannes Film Festival is the most prestigious global film festival. And with reason. Every year several films make their mark at the festival and are discovered. Filmmakers such as Roman Polanski, Quentin Tarantino, Steven Soderbergh and Wong Kar Wai won acclaim and appreciation at the festival before going on to become the world famous legends they are today.
Indian films too have had their moment of glory at the Cannes film festival. Films of several Indian filmmakers such as Satyajit Ray, Bimal Roy, Shaji Karun, down to Murali Nair, Anurag Kashyap & Kanu Behl have been screened at the festival. There has been a growing recognition of Indian cinema in recent years with a film or two screening every year since 2010.
While feature films obviously get the lion's share of attention at the festival, it is the Short Film Corner (SFC) that should be of particular interest to young filmmakers keen on breaking into Cannes. The Short Film Corner gives aspiring film makers a chance to showcase their work to a global audience including distributors and producers. This cool short video gives a quick glimpse of what transpires at the SFC.
The Cannes hosts Marche Du Film, which is the biggest film market in the world. Registration with the SFC enables you to connect with prominent producers, distributors and filmmakers from all over the world. The Short Film Corner has 56 viewing booths and three mini screening rooms with 3, 6 & 12 seats, which can be reserved for screening for your films. It also helps you get a Cannes accreditation and your film becomes a part of their large database of films seen by distributors, producers and other influential people from across the globe.
Every year over 2000 short films are submitted and screened at the SFC. Last year in 2015, the Short Film Corner featured 2420 registered short films from 105 represented countries. The SFC also enables you to watch short films made by other filmmakers and it's a great platform to judge your competition, exchange notes with fellow filmmakers, analyse your strengths and weaknesses as a filmmaker.
And even though there is a registration fees of 85 €, you don't get charged if your film isn't shortlisted. What more could one ask for?
Now, you shouldn't really need additional motivation to submit your film, but if you are not yet convinced then maybe this video can help. It covers last year's SFC in detail as well as explains the benefits of sending your film to the SFC.
So what are you waiting for? If you have a short film that fits the description then submit it now. The last date for registrations at the SFC is March 30. To know more about the registration conditions and submission process, follow the hyperlinks. For registering your film, follow this link. And do let us know if your film does get shortlisted. We would be very happy to talk about it here. :-)