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Film critics wanted for Cannes. Debates about piracy and criticism at Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest

The fate of film criticism, the matter of piracy and trends in contemporary cinema will be talking points at this year’s Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest (23 – 29 October) during two conferences that bring together important people from the film industry, such as French distributor Jean Labadie, Davide Castorina, Head of France & Benelux at MUSO, the developers of a complex anti-piracy program, and the noted French critic Pascal Mérigeau. The series of special events set up under the umbrella title of Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest – Debates starts on Saturday, 24 October, with Piracy and cinema. How do we make it work? and continues on Sunday, 25 October, with the debate How, why and for whom do we still write about film?.

At the same time, Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest and Control N Cultural Association launch a challenge to young film critics around the country, aiming to engage them in the debate. A contest designed to run alongside these conferences, “Be A Critic At Cannes!”, offers the chance to the participants to receive an accreditation – transport and lodging included – to the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. The contest is for people under 35 who write consistently in a publication or a film blog and have at least four articles published in the past year.

Those wanting to apply will be required to fill in the online form available at filmedefestival.ro/2016/inscriere/ before 23:59 on 16 October and to submit four articles published in the past year. After reviewing the applications, 10 finalists will be picked and will receive accreditations to Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest, those travelling from outside the city being offered accommodations and a daily lunch for the weekend 23 – 26 October. The finalists will attend the conferences on Saturday and Sunday, and will write three texts for the final stage of the contest: a preview of Les Film de Cannes à Bucarest (fresh takes on the event are encouraged), a review of a film screened at the festival and a report on one of the conferences they attended. Based on these three texts, published by 1 November, the organizers will pick the winner, who will get the chance to go to Cannes. Find out more over at www.filmedefestival.ro, “Contest” section.

The first debate, Piracy and cinema. How do we make it work? will take place on Saturday, 24 October, at the Elvire Popesco Cinema, starting with 11:00. The conference is split into two 2-hour sessions in which there will be a discussion on the impact that piracy has on the film industry, what actions can be taken to protect copyright in the digital age, which sharing services are growing fastest. Are tougher sanctions an efficient solution or is there a more creative approach needed?

Answering these questions are the special guests Jean Labadie and Davide Castorina, alongside the other participants in the debate. Jean Labadie is the president of Le Pacte (France), one of the most respected sales agencies in Europe that specializes in independent film. Davide Castorina is Head of France & Benelux at MUSO, the most efficient developer of anti-piracy measures in the era of Web 2.0. MUSO is constantly scanning over 4 billion web pages for its roster of over a thousand clients, amongst which some of the biggest recording companies and film production companies in the world.

On Sunday, 25 October, also at the Elvire Popesco Cinema, starting with 11:00, Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest and Control N Cultural Association launch the debate How, why and for whom do we still write about film?. Special guests will be Pascal Mérigeau, noted French journalist and film critic, whose works have appeared in Le Point, Le Monde and Nouvel Observateur, and who is involved in the selection process at the Cannes Film Festival, and Magali Montet, press agent at Cannes for the selected films, with a vast experience in handling interviews with the international press. What are the major trends in cinema, how did the mission of the film critic change in the Information Age, when writing has undergone a democratization and anybody can publish; how do you communicate and sell an independent film, what chance does an independent have without film festivals – these are just a few of the topics that will be discussed.

The debates of Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest are geared toward all journalists that deal with film or culture, bloggers or young film critics, writers and editorialists, representatives for the local cinemas and Romanian distributors, as well as toward students of universities in related fields (film schools, journalism, philosophy, art etc.).

Free admission.

The “Be A Critic At Cannes!” contest is presented in partnership with Control N Cultural Association, with the assistance of the National Cinema Center. The event is supported by BRD – Groupe Société Generale.

Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest will take place between 23 – 29 October at Studio Cinema, Elvire Popesco Cinema and CinemaPRO.

More about the full list of films announced so far at www.filmedefestival.ro.

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The sixth edition of Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest is organized by Cinemascop Association and Voodoo Films, in partnership with the French Embassy and the French Institute in Bucharest. It is a cultural project financed with the support of the Ministry of Culture, the National Cinema Centre, ArCuB, as part of the cultural program “Ești București” 2015 (the Centre for Cultural Projects of the City Hall of Bucharest) and the Romanian Cultural Institute.

The event is supported by the film distributors Independenţa Film, ViTo FILM, InterCom Film, Transilvania Film, Freeman Entertainment.

The festival is presented by Orange România, a long standing partner of the event.

Endorsed by: BRD Groupe Société Générale, Catena

The official car of the festival is BMW.

With the support of: Groupama Asigurări

Partners: Mercure Hotel, S.E.R.V.E, Țuca Zbârcea & Associates, UPS, The Chamber of Commerce, French Industry and Agriculture (CCIFER), ELLE, Braiconf

Loisir partner: M60

Media partners: Europa FM, Digi24, DigiFilm, UTV, Zile și nopți, CineMAP, Cinemagia, Glamour, Cațavencii, Hotnews, Ziare.com, CinemaRx, Decât o Revistă, Ziarul Metropolis, Sub25.ro, LiterNet.ro, Revista FILM, Urban.ro, All About Romanian Cinema (AaRC), Orasulm.eu, Cinefan, Acoperișul de sticlă

Media monitoring partner: mediaTRUST

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