What are the criteria for submitting a short film?
The conditions for entering the Short Corner section of Cannes are very straightforward:
Films that have been produced during the 12 months preceding the FestivalFilms whose distribution is limited to their country of originFilms that have not been presented at any international motion picture event. If the film has been selected for an international section (competitive or not) of a festival, it becomes ineligible for the Festival de Cannes. A selection is international if it presents films from different countries.Films that have not been shown on the InternetShort films that do not exceed 15 minutes in length, including creditsNo porn, no hateIf the film is not in French or English, it should be subtitled into French or English.The only one to look out for is n° 4 (not been shown on the Internet). Exposure is a key part of a short film's career these days. I do not know how closely they regard this condition.
But the bigger question is:
Why do you want to show your short at Cannes?
Let's face it, the chances of an award are tiny, and the cost is high. So look deep into your film-maker's soul and ask why you really want to attend. If you live outside of mainland Europe, attending Cannes is complicated and expensive. It is also very complex as a business. Are you willing to spend money promoting the film? Are you willing to be there the whole time?
Ultimately, the big question here is: Who would see it, to what purpose and at what cost?
Luckily, I have an answer of sorts. I do actually recommend attending Cannes if you think the movie or "content" business is something that you foresee as a career. It is where the whole world comes to meet, talk movie business, finance, pitch and distribute movies.
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