Director Vicky Jewson writes of her experience at Cannes film festival.

As an independent film producer and director I have been to the Cannes film festival on three occasions. My most recent visit, last week, was with my new film, Born Of War. The layman might assume we were in the festival, on the red carpet and schmoozing with the stars.

However, this is far from the rather grittier reality that most film-makers are exposed to. Alongside the festival are a much wider and more competitive series of cinemas which make up the marketplace. Most major worldwide festivals will have a market running concurrently, where sales agents pitch a slate of films at the international buyers and distributors. Cannes is the biggest of them all, with 700 new films screening every year.

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