48HFP Films Screen At Cannes 2017
Imagine yourself on the red carpet, walking up the iconic 24 stairs into the Palais du Cinema for one of the Official Selection world premier screenings, blinded by the flash of the paparazzi cameras. There is a buzz in the air from the sounds of the thousands of film fans, studio executives, and A-list celebrities that have all squeezed in to the tiny resort town on the French Riviera. Was that Nicole Kidman that just walked by? Imagine yourself taking a master class with Alfonso Cuaron, and then looking over your shoulder to see none other than Guillermo del Toro in the seat behind you. Imagine hobnobbing with movie stars at private parties, negotiating with distributors at the film market, and just being right at the center of the most highly regarded film festival on the planet--Cannes Film Festival. Well, for a group of 48HFP filmmakers and producers from around the world, they no longer have to imagine those things--because they got to experience it all for themselves!
Last week marked our 11th trip to Cannes for our special 48HFP screenings as part of the Cannes Short Film Corner. This year we were able to present 15 48 Hour Films and had nearly 70 filmmakers in attendance. We were on the home turf of our 2016 Grand Champion team, RIP Productions. They won the Cote d'Azur 48HFP with their film "Marginaux" and then went on to Filmapalooza, where they were also selected as the global 48HFP winner. The team led our contingent of 48HFP Cannes attendees from around the world, representing filmmakers from Argentina, Colombia, Czech Republic, France, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, South Africa, and the USA.