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:: Spotlight :: 69th Festival de Cannes - side events

By: Carmine Pascuzzi

In honour of the opening of the 69th edition, Pierre Lescure and Thierry Frémaux invited guests as a welcome to all festival-goers. The Welcome Party gathered together friends of the Festival for a cocktail dinner on Wednesday May 11, at La Plage by Le Majestic and L’Agora, with music from the Showtime Live Music Orchestra and DJ KCPK.

Cannes welcomed its guests with a lavish beachside party at Plage du Majestic. The food displays were amazing and guests were treated to the freshest oysters, cold meats, pasta, cheeses, salads, strawberries and desserts imaginable.

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Women in Film Technology: Trail Blazers reinventing the Art of Filmmaking was a discussion held at Cannes during the 69th Festival. Among the panelists were Director of VR film “GIANT”, Milica Zec, DreamWorks Animation’s Head of Technology Communications and Strategic Alliances Kate Swanborg, Vice President and EMEA Director, Marketing, Intel Bernadette Andretti, and Director, Commercial & Retail Solutions, HP Inc.,EMEA, Gwen Coble. The moderator was Tatiana Siegel, senior film writer, The Hollywood Reporter.

There has been a lot of discourse into why there is so much gender inequality in the film industry recently. However, the panel of strong industry creatives, who have broken into the technological side of the film world, came together to discuss the solutions of how to change this.

As the film industry has deep roots in technology, specifically in post-production, animation and special effects, the panel spoke of their particular roles and aspirations in the film world and to encourage more women to follow their technological interests and natural skill.

They emphasized their passion in their particular fields and wanted to encourage more young women to follow their drive and ambition. It had been a burden for them and other women to address the gender imbalance but perhaps one way is to find a certain niche in the market and focus on that aspect. A University of Southern California study in 2015 found that women directors were disadvantaged from the beginning of their career, so it was difficult, despite having big names, to bridge the gap. The panel didn't overly-engage with the small audience, just outlining their work and knowing that they have to put much energy and skill to achieve their goals.

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A new exciting 3D film by James Erskine was launched in Cannes. The film LE MANS 3D is presented in amazing 4K 3D and tells the story of the 2015 race. One of the stars of the film is Australia's Mark Webber who is hoping to pull off a win in this year's race.

Pictures of the launch can be viewed here

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The global film industry celebrated the annual ‘China Night’, at Cannes International Film Festival. Taking place at Plage Majestic, 800-guests attended the lavish event, to celebrate the growing focus on China and its ever-strengthening position as a key collaborator within the wider international industry.

Now in its 8th year, the prestigious China Night party is widely considered as one of the most exciting nights on the Croisette, gathering people from all corners of the industry as a key networking opportunity.

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Chopard hosted its annual party at the Cannes Film Festival with a theme of “Wild”. Guests were treated to an extravagant setting and were lucky to have the great entertainment by Diana Ross and a pulsating DJ set by Mark Ronson. It's interesting to see how several high-profile guests show up for the Red Carpet at these events and then barely stay ten minutes, before heading off on a private yacht or something. It was a terrific party with all the best drinks available and an abundance of profiteroles.

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A special Cannes Gala dinner was presented by Cinemoi (a 24-hour fashion & lifestyle TV network) and Gene Chang Fashion PR.
The event was held at the Plage Royale and gathered many European models and actors, plus sponsor's guests. The three course dinner was superb and the fashion was stylish and glamorous, plus there were some items auctioned for charity. There was musical entertainment and a ballet performance.

Of great interest was catching up with a couple of old Australian pals - Radha Mitchell and Callan McAuliffe. They were on a break from their American acting commitments. Radha will soon be seen in The Darkness and is filming The Shack with Sam Worthington. Callan will be seen in The Legend of Ben Hall. Overall, an enjoyable evening with great company and some glamorous fashion.

Pictures can be viewed here

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Tiffany's Red Carpet Week Cannes is an event to promote International fashion designers during the Festival de Cannes at the 5 star Intercontinental Carlton Hotel in Cannes. There were designers from Russia, Estonia, United Arab Emirates and France.

The event hosted celebrity guests (including Miss Cannes), fashion journalists, boutique and fashion buyers from around the world. Also, music performances, art exhibition in the foyer and internationally known composer Michael Errington performed on the grand piano.

Pictures can be viewed here

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The 69th Cannes International Film Festival wrapped up with a celebratory closing ceremony after party at Plage du Majestic. The jury were able to unwind and the Palme D'Or winner Ken Loach enjoyed his big win at the party.

As with the Welcome Party, guests were treated to a wonderful spread of cold meats, cheeses, strawberries, oysters and pasta. And there was plenty of champagne and wine to celebrate with. It ended a terrific time for yours truly in my first Cannes experience.

Pictures can be viewed here

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