Photo: Cannes Film Festival 2017
Have you visited Cannes Film Festival? No, well, it is great fun and well worth a visit. I find it is like entering a parallel universe for a few days! It is super busy, the town packed with film crews, movie executives, directors, actors and everyone you can possibly think working in the film industry. Throw, hundreds of film enthusiasts into the mix and it is jam packed.
If you don’t work in the film industry, you will feel a little bit like Alice in Wonderland when she falls down the rabbit hole! The film industry is all consuming for those connected with the industry and the whole point of a film festival is to sell your film! Everywhere you go people are doing deals, discussing movies and it is all quite extraordinary.
Photo: Crowds waiting outside Martinez Hotel Cannes for movie stars
I thoroughly enjoyed my time and fun events ranging from a fabulous face treatment at L Raphael Luxury Spa at the Martinez hotel to watching movies, parties and even a private viewing in a gorgeous villa. I always enjoy meeting young and enthusiastic professionals and so it was a delight to meet the Film Director J P Mandarino and star, Drew Lipson of the new movie The Kaos Brief.
Photo: JP Mandarino, Drew Lipson and me
They kindly invited me to their gorgeous villa in Cannes and were the best fun. We enjoyed a private viewing of the movie and a lovely chat afterwards. The film is and exciting SciFi/horror movie and you will be drawn into the plot and be left wanting more when the movie ends! The young star, Drew Lipson is surely one to watch for the future and I look forward to seeing him in more movies soon. Handsome and talented, always a great combination.
Photo: Director and Star of The Kaos Brief
This is Drew’s first lead role in a movie and his first time in Cannes. He was delighted to be “living the dream!”, he told us that the small cast of 4 major characters lived together during filming. The film took only 2 weeks to make and the cast were firm friends by the end of the movie.
The Kaos Brief is available for worldwide distribution. JP Mandarin is looking for funding for his next two projects. http://www.thekaosbrief.com
Video: The Kaos Brief
Snippet from Drew Jepson interview
Tips for Cannes Film Festival:
A few tips for you, if you plan to attend next year.
- The big stars do not stay in Cannes. The ones who don’t want or need the publicity stay in Monaco.
- Go early, security really hots up going into hotels etc after Saturday so go for the first few days.
- Make sure people know you plan to attend and you will receive invitations to screenings, use the cannes hashtags on social media.
Prices shoot up in Cannes so it is a good idea to stay nearby rather than pay inflated price, unless you want to be immersed in the experience totally and pay for it!
Photo: Freddie and me enjoying drinks at The Carlton Hotel Cannes during the Festival