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Podcast – Cannes Film Festival + Market in 2023

Hear takeaways and advice from the Screen Australia delegation and local producers who attended Cannes this year.

Cannes France - May 19: (L to R) Andrew Upton, Deborah Mailman, Lorenzo De Maio, Wayne Blair, Kath Shelper, Aswan Reid, Warwick Thornton, Cate Blanchett, Coco Francini and Georgie Pym attend Dirty Films and Scarlet Pictures' "The New Boy" cocktail reception supported by Armani Beauty at Cannes Film Festival 2023 at Salama on May 19, 2023 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Dave Benett/Getty Images for Armani Beauty).

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Be pitch ready.

This was a key takeaway from the Screen Australia delegation who attended Cannes Film Festival and market this year, with Head of Development Bobby Romia adding:

“Understanding exactly what the project is, why you’re telling this project, who is the associated team, so when you’re going into these markets you’re confident and you’ve got all the information required in a succinct way for the buyers or partnerships to take on board,” he says.

“Have scripts that are ready and are fully developed for the market… Having a very distinctive creative vision and universal themes is exactly what they’re looking for, so keep that in mind in terms of any project whether it’s commercially skewed or independent.”

In the latest episode of the Screen Australia Podcast, hear more advice and takeaways from the Screen Australia contingent, including CEO Graeme Mason, Head of Content Grainne Brunsdon, Head of Scripted Christopher Sharp and Head of First Nations Angela Bates, a proud Malyangapa, Wanyawalku and Barkandji woman from far west New South Wales. 

They are also joined by three local producers: MahVeen Shahraki from Thousand Mile Productions whose feature The Rooster is set to premiere at Melbourne International Film Festival; Closer Productions founding member Rebecca Summerton; and Kath Shelper of Scarlett Pictures who was one of the producers of Warwick Thornton’s feature The New Boy, which premiered at Cannes in Un Certain Regard and opened the 2023 Sydney Film Festival.

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