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Moving steadily along the Croisette

You may remember seeing our previous post regarding a feature-length film made by the village of Kingston Bagpuize in Oxfordshire. This morning we received an email from the film’s writer/director, Guy Browning with the following update:

Bonjour Everyone,

As some of you may have seen or heard Tortoise in Love was in Cannes last weekend. We had a private screening on Saturday morning for all the buyers and distributors and big wigs that flock to Cannes – if we’re going to sell the film Cannes is the place to do it. Steff was our representative out there by virtue of him looking the most glamorous of the whole production team.

‘The village that made the film’ is still a very good story and it was snapped up by the Hollywood Reporter which is the number one film magazine. After their story we had a rush of interviews on television, radio and all sorts of things on the web. They’re all up on our website so please check them out.

Cannes may seem very glamorous when you’re standing on the Croisette (Croissant?) with Angelina Jolie wafting past but the reality is that it is a cut-throat market place. This is where we are exceptionally fortunate to have our sales agent 7&7 on our side – Maura and Antony have been to forty Cannes between them and what they don’t know about the festival isn’t worth knowing.

It’s still far too early to announce any sales to TV or DVD let alone a distribution deal. However, we do know that we got some very good people into our screening and that they stayed in our screening. Film buyers hop from screening to screening and they don’t spend more than ten minutes with a film unless they think it’s got potential. Only one person left our screening and we’re not sure he should have been in there in the first place.

I don’t want to raise anyone’s expectations, however things are just beginning to look slightly positive. We’ve come an incredibly long way in the last two years. We’re now beginning to introduce the media to the idea of tractors in Leicester Square for our premiere. It just might happen. We’re certainly a lot closer to it than we were before Cannes.


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