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NEWS                                                                                                 Tuesday 14 May 2019
                                                                                                                                   DAY 1

                 THE BUZZ                                                                                          Juris Kursietis’ Oleg
                 OF THE DAY

                  MARCHÉ WELCOMES THE                                                                          INDIE SALES

                  WORLD FOR 2019 EDITION                                                                       LAUNCHES
                                                                                                               BRUSSELS BASED
                                                                                                               WORLD CINEMA
                                                                                                               LABEL BEST
                                                                                                               FRIEND FOREVER              © DR

                                                                                                                  ARIS-BASED Indie Sales is
                                                                                                                  launching Best Friend Forever, a
                                                                                                                  new company based in Brussels
                                                                                                             P dedicated to world cinema.
                                                                                                              The companies have jointly announced a
                © ALEXNDRA FLEURANTIN                                                                         Kursietis’ second feature Oleg, which gets
                                                                                                              first line-up of four films, including Juris
                                                                                                              its world premiere at Directors’ Fortnight.
                                                                                                              The line-up also includes Genevieve
                                                                                                              Dulude-De Celles first feature, A Colony,
                          HERE is no doubt that the   a new lounge for programmers and buyers   Presenting new projects to market-goers has   which was awarded the Crystal Bear at
                                                                                                              the Berlinale this year and won Best Film,
                          business has changed,” said   so they can avoid necessary security in   always been part of the deal in Cannes. For   Best First Feature and Best Actress at the
                          the Marché du Film’s   coming in and out of the Palais, and hang   the seventh time this year, the Marché is   2019 Canadian Screen Awards. The film
                  ‘‘T executive director Jérôme   around between films.        offering International Film Festivals the   gets its French premiere at Cannes Écrans
                 Paillard. “And, therefore, you have to pose   Another new initiative, Meet the Streamers,   possibility to showcase works-in-progress to   Juniors.
                 the question of how do markets or festivals   has been designed to connect VOD players   sales agents, distributors or festivals.   The company is also starting sales on two
                 need to change, correspondingly? We are   with sales agents and producers.  Five festivals are taking part in this Goes to   projects in post-production: Atlantis, the
                 always evolving our model.”    The event takes place on 21 May (15.00 to   Cannes selection — Annecy International   third feature by Ukrainian director
                  Judging by the fact that registrations going   17.00) at the Plage des Palmes. A selection   Animation Film Festival, Hong Kong - Asia   Valentyn Vasyanovynch; and Valley of
                 into the market are on a par with 2018,   of streaming platforms will be introduced   Film Financing Forum (HAF), Los Cabos   Souls, the first fiction feature from
                 with more than 11,500 registered   through a speed-meeting format to a   International Film Festival, New Horizons   Colombian-Belgian director Nicolas
                 marketeers — the number is expected to   rotating selection of sales agents and   International Film Festival, Thessaloniki   Rincón Gille. Best Friend Forever will
                 exceed 12,000 by the close of the market —   producers. Included in the line-up are seven   International Film Festival and, for the first   handle 10 films a year, with management
                 those efforts are paying off.  platforms from five different countries:   time, the Festival de Málaga.  handled by Indie Sales’ head of marketing
                  New initiatives this year include the Match   Filmin, Kinoscope, Mubi, Le Cinéma   Meanwhile, the Marché du Film and the   and festivals, Martin Gondre and former
                 and Meet app which matches delegates  at   Club, Nut Alone, Universciné DE   Annecy Festival have created an Animation   entertainment lawyer Charles Bin,
                 the market. The app will suggest   (ContentScope) and Watcha Play.  Day. Five feature films will be presented,   alongside Indie Sales’ co-founders Nicolas
                 connections with co-producers, financiers    “With everyone talking about Amazon and   alongside a panel discussion examining   Eschbach and Eric Névé. Both companies
                 and partners based on information   Netflix, we believe it is our mission to   adult animation in distribution.  are in Cannes.
                 provided on what you are looking for. It   highlight independent platforms with   The event takes place on Sunday, 19 May   “The first four titles perfectly reflect the
                 will then book meetings.       different approaches and models and to   from 09:30 at the Olympia Cinema, 5 rue   cinema we want to defend: films with
                  Table spaces are being provided by the   give sales agents an opportunity to know   d’Antibes.✦   universal themes, from authors not yet
                 market which, this year, has also introduced   them better,” Paillard said.       Liza Foreman  fully identified on the international
                                                                                                              market, expressing a modern
                                                                                                              cinematography, in phase with its times,”
                 FESTIVAL AND MARCHÉ PARTNER TO                                                               Gondre said.
                                                                                                               “We try to think differently from the
                 HELP DELEGATES WITH CHILDREN                                                                 traditional business models of sales
                                                                                                              agencies,” Bin added. “We consider
                                                                                                              producers as talents and want to offer a
                 THE MARCHÉ du Film and the Cannes   feeding area; priority access for parents   Parenting at Film Festivals raised funds   new range of services alongside sales,
                 Film Festival have introduced a scheme   with young children; and a VIP kit, that   for the initiative through a   from negotiating deals on the best terms,
                 designed to support delegates in   includes a guide to family services   crowdfunding campaign. More than 12   structuring co-productions, or gap
                 Cannes with babies and young children.  available in Cannes.   companies and institutions immediately   financing by acting as an intermediary.
                 Titled Le Ballon Rouge, Where Children   Le Ballon Rouge Kids Pavilion is in the   contributed, including: Unifrance,   We basically want to create a one-stop-
                 Are The New VIPs, the initiative is   Village International, and is open from   Cinando, EAVE, Wolf Kino, The Film   shop for the internationalisation of a
                 understood to be the first of its kind for   10.00 to 18.00, until 21 May.   Agency, Pyramide, Madman   project.” ✦                            Julian Newby
                 a major festival. It has been created by   In a joint statement, Cannes Film   Entertainment, ADEF, Europa
                 the newly-launched Parenting at Film   Festival general delegate Thierry   International, Film Constellation,
                 Festivals group, a support network   Frémaux and Marché du Film executive   Charades and Pathé Films. The UK’s
                 established to help parents and   director Jérôme Paillard said: “There is   parents group Raising Films and France’s   NEWS  THE  OFFICIAL  DAIL Y
                 guardians in the film industry whose   much work to be done by major   gender equality collective 5050X2020
                 jobs require them to travel widely.   festivals to make their infrastructure   also worked with Parenting at Film   JOIN US ON US ON
                 Le Ballon Rouge offers family-friendly   and services family-friendly,” adding:   Festivals to help establish Le Ballon
                 accreditation, which includes two free   “We are excited to lead the way among   Rouge. ✦     FACEBOOK
                 badges for a carer and baby; a children’s  major festivals and hope other festivals      Julian Newby
                 pavilion; a baby-changing and breast-  will follow.”                                  

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