The UK Pavilion has traditionally been a major hub of activity at the Marché du Film in Cannes. This year, it is being managed by UK Film. Although there were changes over the past years in how UK Film is run, festival-goers are still sure of being able to access a very impressive series of talks and events.
UK Film as a hub at Cannes
On a practical level, the UK Pavilion is located at stand 119 in the International Village, next to the Palais des Festivals. It is open from Wednesday 15 May – Friday 24 May, 2013 and offers information and services to support the international business activities of the UK film sector. It will be the place for festival and market delegates to connect with the UK film industry.
Activities in the UK FILM pavilion include:
· a full programme of events with filmmakers and leading industry professionals – to be announced early May
· new bookable 1-2-1 sessions with industry experts on film financing, tax, legal issues and filming in the UK – booking form coming soon to the site
· information about UK films being presented at Cannes with screening and contact details
· information about UK film industry and market attendees
· meeting space on the terrace
· free WiFi
· a café.
The UK pavilion is not just for Brits!
It’s important to remember – particularly in these days where international co-productions have become the norm – that the UK Pavilion is a hub for the movie business globally, not just for British delegates. It provides information about the UK industry, but it’s also interesting to see how this can fit into whatever plans you might have. Specialists are available that can answer precise questions (although they can be very much in-demand).
As a place where lots of people congregate, the UK Pavilion is also a brilliant networking location. By providing an interesting selection of talks and encounters, it attracts people from right across the board in terms of sectors (production, finance and distribution) and nationalities.
My advice is to always carry the programme of events with you. If you have an hour to spare in your diary, check one of the talks or events.
Sign up for details by visiting UK Film.