Filmmakers Without Borders is offering a funded fellowship to experienced filmmakers and arts educators to teach filmmaking, media literacy, and technology directly to Bhutanese students. Selected participants will also work with local artist collectives and media organisations in an effort to integrate digital tools into Bhutan’s creative sector. Filmmakers are provided airfare, housing, a food stipend, and evacuation insurance for 1 full year.
When our plane touched down in South Africa I was beyond exhausted. Although time seemed frozen while we were in France, nothing at home had slowed down in the slightest. The following day I went straight back to work (all of us held down full-time jobs at the time - and we’re talking film hours here!), so it took me about two weeks to process everything we had just experienced.
The beaches have cleared. The free bar you and your crew have been aggressively consuming has packed away the empty wine glasses and all that remains is the mystery-meat finger food that was prepared in such an avant grade fashion no one was brave enough to try it. As you make your way towards the exit you shove the last of the business cards into your pocket and down the drink in your hand. So concludes another day at the Cannes Film Festival. And so begins another night…
"We were in the jungle, there were too many of us, we had access to too much money, too much equipment, and little by little we went insane" - Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse
Cannes is like a jungle – without knowing the terrain and routes, it’s easy to become lost… and slowly to go insane. There are too many people there, too much money and not enough time. If you are going to Cannes (or any other film festival for that matter) it’s imperative for you to understand the basic topology of the festival’s environment to prevent a filmmaker’s apocalypse occurring in the swanky shores of the French Riviera (trust me, it happens). So before getting into the details of Cannes, let me just lay out a basic map of how the screenings work.