On Monday June 22nd, the Festival de Cannes is launching its online Marché du Film. This special 2020 version has been set up with a view to continuing to support the international film industry and its professionals.
The Marché du Film will take place from 22 to 26 June, bringing together over 8,500 participants for a total of 250 stands and 60 pavilions. Over 1,200 online screenings will run for participants to enjoy, and the rights to 2,300 feature films will be available to buy.
This new version of the Marché du Film has been designed to mirror the traditional Cannes experience as closely as possible, and will also offer professionals from around the world opportunities to attend over 150 events, panel and keynote talks, speed meetings and round-table discussions, as well as exclusive concerts from film score and soundtrack composers.
Monday 22 June at 4:00pm: Digital European Film Forum
Pierre Lescure (President of the Festival de Cannes), Tatxo Benet (CEO of Mediapro), Thierry Breton (European Commissioner), Marco Chimenz (CEO of Cattleya and European Producers Club Board member), Agnieszka Holland (Film Director and Honorary President of the Federation of European Film Directors), Nico Simon (President of the Europa Cinemas association) and Sabine Verheyen (MEP and Chair of the Culture committee of the European Parliament) meet to discuss the following question: "What might the European Union's role be in shaping the future of the audio-visual ecosystem in Europe?"
Monday 22 June at 5:00pm: Creating the new normal: intersectionality in the film industry
Franklin Leonard (CEO of Black List), Emilia Roig (Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Intersectional Justice) and Anna Serner (CEO of the Swedish Film Institute) tackle the question of building an inclusive future film industry, drawing up an inventory of the industry as it currently stands, and assessing how creative and innovative initiatives can pave the way for change in an ever-shifting cultural landscape. They will also discuss the 'Collectif 50/50' movement.
Monday 22 June at 6:00pm: Keynote with Alexandre Desplat and John Powell
Discussion with Festival de Cannes 2012 jury member and two-time Academy Award-winning French orchestra conductor and composer Alexandre Desplat, whose latest collaboration with Wes Anderson on The French Dispatch is included in the 2020 Official Selection; and English composer John Powell, who is based in the United States and regularly collaborates with Paul Greengrass, having composed the soundtracks for The Bourne Supremacy (2004), United 93 (2006), The Bourne Ultimatum (2007) and Green Zone (2009). He also wrote the original soundtrack for Solo: A Star Wars Story in 2018.
Monday 22 June at 7:00pm: Meet & Listen Mark Isham
An online concert from American jazz, electronic music and soundtrack composer Mark Isham, who was nominated for an Academy Award for his work on Robert Redford's A River Runs Through It (1992).
Tuesday 23 June at 6:00pm: Meet with HBO Max – Sandra Dewey
Discussion with Sandra Dewey, President of Productions and Business Operations for WarnerMedia Entertainment, on the subject of launching HBO Max in these unusual times.
Tuesday 23 June at 7:00pm: Meet & Listen Camille Bazbaz
Online concert from French pianist, composer and performer Camille Bazbaz, whose last nine albums were released under the stage name BAZBAZ. Camille has composed a number of original soundtracks for many of director Pierre Salvadori's films: Comme elle respire (White Lies) (1998), Les Marchands de Sable (2000), Après vous (2003), Hors de Prix (Priceless) (2006), and En Liberté (The Trouble with You) in 2018, for which he was nominated for a César Award for Best Original Music.
Wednesday 24 June at 7:00pm: Meet & Listen Ryūichi Sakamoto & Laurie Anderson
Online concert from Japanese composer and musician Ryūichi Sakamoto, world-renowned for his soundtracks for Furyo by Nagisa Ōshima, The Sheltering Sky and The Last Emperor by Bernardo Bertolucci, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Original Score. Ryūichi Sakamoto also worked with Pedro Almodóvar on High Heels, Yôji Yamada on Nagasaki: Memories of My Son and Alejandro González Iñárritu on The Revenant.
For this event, he has chosen to invite experimental artist and American musician Laurie Anderson to join him.
Thursday 25 June at 6:00pm: A conversation between Pablo Larraín and Efe Cakarel
Chilean director, producer and screenwriter Pablo Larraín, winner of Berlin's Grand Jury Prize in 2015 for El Club, and whose film Jackie brought him three Academy Award nominations; and Efe Cakerel, Founder and CEO of Mubi, meet to discuss the following question:
"What does film stand for in a post-pandemic world? "
Thursday 25 June at 7:00pm: Meet & Listen Chloé Thévenin
Online concert from French electronic musician and composer Chloé Thévenin, who was commissioned by the Cinémathèque Française to compose in 2012 the soundtrack for Hitchcock's last silent film, Blackmail. She also collaborated with filmmaker Lidia Terki on the film Paris La Blanche, and has just finished composing the soundtrack for director Laurent Cantet's Arthur Rambo.
Friday 26 June at 4:00pm: Doc Day: Dieudo Hamadi, En route pour le milliard (The Billion Road)
Discussion with Congolese documentary filmmaker Dieudo Hamadi, whose documentary En route pour le milliard (The Billion Road) is in the 2020 Official Selection, and programmer and film critic Claire Diao.
In En route pour le milliard (Downstream to Kinshasa), Dieudo Hamadi consolidates his work as a filmmaker and observer. In the film, his camera returns to the streets, this time following a group of men in their fight to obtain compensation from a failed state. Interwoven with minute detail and shot through with vibrancy, the film ushers audiences in to accompany its everyday heroes on their journey.
Friday 26 June at 7:00pm: Meet & Listen Gabriel Yared
Online concert from composer Gabriel Yared, who won an Academy Award for his soundtrack for The English Patient in 1997. Gabriel Yared began his career alongside filmmakers such as Jean-Luc Godard, Jean-Jacques Beineix and Jean-Jacques Annaud. For the past few years, he has collaborated with Xavier Dolan on Juste la fin du monde (It's Only the End of the World) and Ma vie avec John F. Donovan (The Death and Life of John F. Donovan). He was a member of the Festival de Cannes Jury in 2017.
The Marché du Film is the leading market of the film industry, at the heart of numerous project developments, film rights negotiations and sales and acquisitions of films from all around the world.