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Each week I look at a different topic around the film industry, focusing on the data and statistics which reveal what's going on.

Cannes film festival mysteries explained (via Nicolas Cage)

Cannes is full of curiosities and so, in an effort to prepare you for the Croisette, here are the answers to Cannes’ most curious questions, explained using the medium of Nicolas Cage.  

Sorry, bad choice of words, I’m not suggesting that Nicolas Cage is a psychic medium (even if he did play one in his 2007 classic ‘Next‘) I mean to say that Nicolas Cage will be my inspiration (as Meg Ryan was to him in City of Angels). 

His next film will be playing at the Cannes Film Festival 2016 within the Director’s Fortnight programme. In the past, Nicolas Cage has starred in four films that were shortlisted in Cannes, two of which won major awards – Birdy won the Jury Grand Prix in 1985 and Wild At Heart won Palme …

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Ultimate tips for attending the Cannes Film Festival 2016

The Cannes Film Festival and market are the highlights of the film calendar each year, with an epic number of events, screenings, parties and meetings crammed into a little French town over the course of eleven days.  To give Cannes first timers a few pointers, over the past few months I have been contacting a large number of Cannes Film Festival veterans.  

In the end, 575 film professionals gave their advice, with a combined experience of 4,478 trips to the Cannes film festival.  In addition, I ran a few research projects to look at what the data and statistics can tell us about how to do Cannes right.  

I’m grateful to everyone to took the time to share their thoughts, advice and tips.

Tip #1: Be there over the …
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Full costs and income of a major film festival – Raindance Film Festival

Last week’s article on the seismic shift in film festivals seemed to go down well, in part because it shone a light on the hurdles film festivals face when trying to put on their events.  Therefore, to further demystify film festivals, I present below the full costs and income of the Raindance Film Festival.

I’m very grateful to Elliot Grove for entertaining my crazy request and then for giving me unrestricted access to the festival’s books and accounts.  It’s been fascinating to learn how the festival functions, and I hope you find it as interesting as I have.

The Raindance Film Festival in a nutshell

The Raindance organization was founded by Elliot Grove in 1993 to support and train the UK independent film sector, with the festival …

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The seismic shift in the world of film festivals

Today’s article can be seen as a morality tale for modern times…  it contains everything you would want from a classic yarn – heroes, villains, heroes who become villains, abuse of power and a David and Goliath struggle, all in pursuit of spreading art to the people of the world.  

Today’s piece is a bit longer than my average article but I promise it’s worth it.  

So, if everyone is sitting comfortably, I shall begin…

‘Film festival’ means different things to different people.  Film audiences see it as a chance to view new and exciting work from all over the world, way before it will be on general release and sometimes there are chances to see films that won’t ever be released.  For filmmakers, festivals are a way of showing …

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