It’s that time of the year when everyone is talking about Cannes. We receive numerous emails informing us about selection of short films at Cannes Film Festival. Inevitably, the so-called ‘selection’ is for the Short Film Corner (SFC) of the festival, a networking platform and semi-market run by the festival meant for short filmmakers.
We try to respond to such enthusiastic filmmakers explaining why it doesn’t make news to be accepted at Cannes Short Film Corner. A few accept our response gracefully; others write us bitter mails alleging that we only support big films (they mean feature films, we guess!)
The ignorance of the mainstream media makes our job all the more difficult. Why can’t we publish stories of SFC selection when the mainstream media is going gaga about it:
‘A Letter From My Father’ heads to Cannes Film Festival the Times Of India 17 Apr 2014, 05:50 IST
Chaitanya Krishna’s short film goes to Cannes the Times Of India 27 Mar 2014, 05:21 IST
It’s a promising start: ‘Darpok’ director on Cannes screening Zee News, May 1, 2014
So, here’s why we don’t consider “selection” at the Cannes Short Film Corner important enough to be written about in DearCinema:
- There is no selection involved, it’s only registration.
- Any eligible film (it has to be subtitled in French or English, Maximum duration of 35 min) can be registered at SFC with the payment of a registration fee. (Euro 90, Rs. 7500 approx)
- Usually, more than 2000 films are registered at SFC every year. Last year the number was 2,178; this year it’s 910 and still counting.
- This year till date 24 Indian short films have been registered at SFC.
- SFC films aren’t officially screened in any section of the festival but are available on Digital Film Library.
- You can screen your film after renting one of the mini-screening rooms with a maximum capacity of 12 but that is nowhere close to an official screening.
You won’t even have to write to us if your film finds a place in the official short film selection or Critics’ Week/Directors’ Fortnight. We promptly reported about Gitanjali’s Rao’s “True Love Story” which is the only short film selected in any of the sections/sidebars of the Cannes Film Festival this year.
So, if you’ve registered your film at the Short Film Corner, we’re really happy that you’ve taken the first step towards taking your film out to the world. We really hope you’re able to meet and network with festivals and industry people. We wish you all the best and if you would like to write a guest post about your experience of attending SFC, you’re most welcome to write to us.