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A Heads-Up About Scam Film Festivals and Cannes
By CannesGuide Editor, Posted 08-Feb-2013
The sheer scale of an event like the Cannes Film Festival inevitably attracts interlopers with a variety of intentions. Some, such as the pop-up event Cannes in a Van are legit and run with the same love and dedication as the official events. Others, such as an event calling itself the Cannes Independent Film Festival, are of a more dubious nature. Before submitting to any event that suggests it's connected to the Cannes Film Festival (either explicitly or implicitly), do your research to make sure it’s both genuine and can offer real value to your film. This is particularly important if a submission fee is involved.
Avoid the Scam Events
With regards to the Cannes Independent Film Festival specifically, we recommend filmmakers avoid this event. Despite a professional-looking website and some lofty claims about pedigree, in previous years the 'festival' has had zero presence in Cannes itself and has appeared to try and leverage its standard market accreditation to somehow suggest an official link to the Festival de Cannes. See our previous coverage for more information.
It's more likely that this event is one of a growing number of awards and screenplay competitions which attach themselves to prestigious locations in an attempt to bolster legitimacy, but appear to primarily be about generating money for their operators via submission fees. In other words, they are scams.
More on this in topic is available in the post How to Spot a Scam Film Festival at filmmaking.net, but specifically in relation to Cannes, don’t waste your time or money with the Cannes Independent Film Festival.
By Benjamin Craig