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     In our first interview with aspiring filmmakers, we spoke with Patricia DiSalvo Viayra and Mike Viayara.Hailing from Los Angeles, Patricia and Mike are the team behind 'Naked Sushi', which they have registered with the short film corner (so check it out!).  They are having a great time in Cannes, promoting their first film at their first festival.  They've found the atmosphere to be welcoming as fellow festival goers are eager to discuss projects and offer advice.  On the horizon, P...

Short Is More!-- Cannes Short Film Corner

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 Another great aspect of the Festival is the Short Film Corner, back for its 6th year and providing an opportunity for hundreds of aspiring and independent film makers to promote and screen their work.  In the corner their are 44 viewing booths and three screening rooms which can be reserved.   In addition to screening opportunities, the short film corner holds conferences in the afternoons and awards prizes to films in various categories.  They also serve coffee in an open space where one ...

Cinema de la Plage 2009 Schedule

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 While the beach is chock full of sun bathers and sand castles by day, it is transformed into a unique cinema by night!  Lounge chairs are arranged in rows and viewers relax with their feet in the sand while watching a film on the large screen overlooking the ocean.   Last night's showing of Lawrence of Arabia was fairly well attended despite the impending rain as viewers came in and out durring the long film.  Free drinks and smoothies were also provided until 11.  Sweat shirts and blanke...

Day 2 Hustle and Bustle in the Marché

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While the Croisette is overrun with fashionistas and eager onlookers, inside the palais at the Marché du Film, the corridors are nearly as packed and charged with energy.  Individuals from all over the business come to sell, buym and view up-coming films from around the world.                                    ...

Filmfestivals.com Office is Up and Running!

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The filmfestivals.com and fest21.com office is up and running in The Palais and covering all aspects of the festival.   -Your FilmFestivals.com Bloggers Emily Walzer and J. Ross Van den Akker   ...

Very Brief Summary of the World Market Trends Focus Guide

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Each year, the Marché du Film puts out a focus brochure on World Market Trends in the film industry.  In light of the widely discussed world economic crisis, we thought this year's summary, although neither drastically different from previous years nor surprising, was nevertheless especially interesting.  These trends will provide a context for understanding the environment of the Marché here in Cannes as the action heats-up throughout the festival.   Despite the economic ...

Cannes Film Festival Lifts Off!

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  Last night, amid a sea of colorful balloons, the stars ascended the red carpet for the premier of Disney-Pixar's “Up”. The film is the firstanimated feature to open the Cannes Film Festival. The crowds clamored forviews of the red carpet while tuxedo clad paparazzi snapped away. Fans in evening gowns and tuxedos could be spotted holding signsreading: “One ticket for “UP”? S'il vous plaît?” Most were unsuccessful as ticket beggars, still in formalwear, dusted the...

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