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NZ in Cannes 2017

There were no NZ titles selected for Cannes or its various sister programmes this year, excluding Jane Campion’s Top of the Lake: China Girl, but there was plenty of activity.

Over 70 New Zealanders (41 travelling from NZ, 26 expats and 5 NZFC staff) were busy in the Cannes market and other events this year.

Cannes Market events were, depending on who you listen to, either a bit less busy than usual this year – or lacking much of the dead wood that oftens swans around the Croisette talking a good game but not adding much of substance.

On the first Friday of the festival, the NZFC and RESN co-sponsored a session at the inaugural Winston Baker Immersive Summit, which ran ahead of the regular International Film Finance Forum. Prdcuers Emma Slade, Fraser Brown, Tui Ruwhiu, Nadia Maxwell, plus the NZFC’s Lesa MacLeod-Whiting and Resn’s James Moir attended, with Chris Payne and Kris Hermansson presenting.

The NZFC Sales Agents lunch

On the same day the NZFC shouted drinks at its annual networking function for all New Zealanders in Cannes to celebrate the 18 NZ titles (nine dramas, nine docos) in the market this year. The Commission also hosted its regular Film Festival Programmers Afternoon Tea on the opening weekend, attracting representatives from festivalsincluding SXSW, Sundance, Toronto, Cannes Directors Fortnight, Hawaii, Newport Beach and Fantastic Festival. The NZFC also hosted its regulat Sales Agents-NZ Producers Lunch, which took place last week, making introductions for NZ producers to potential sales partners.

Following on from the recent WIFT Co-Production Summit, the NZFC partnered with German Federal Film Board (FFA) for a very productive networking session co-hosted by Dave Gibson and Peter Dinges (CEO, FFA). The event drew the participants from the WIFT Summit plus additional invitees from both Germany and NZ.

Peter Dinges (CEO, FFA) and the NZFC’s Dave Gibson

Matthew Metcalfe, who’s been involved with a number of German co-productions in recent years, also presented about making 6 Days at UK Film’s ‘Beyond 25%: Maximising the UK Tax Credit’ session.

The Cannes Film Festival ran 17 – 28 May

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