«I see the genre’s remarkable momentum going on for some time»


FESTIVAL de CANNES: The head of Cannes Docs, Marché du Film - Festival de Cannes, Pierre-Alexis Chevit, speaks on the documentary focused initiative at the world-renowned film festival.

Steve Rickinson
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Published date: March 1, 2020
       

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With its 2020 edition occurring 12-21 May 2020, Modern Times Review spoke with the head of Cannes Docs, Marché du Film – Festival de Cannes, Pierre-Alexis Chevit.

Can you give us some insight into Cannes Docs history? How does it place into the wider scope of the Cannes Film Festival?

Cannes Docs is an initiative of Marché du Film – Festival de Cannes. It is one of its thematic programs, alongside Cannes XR, Producers Network, Animation Day, and many more. First, there was Doc Brunch, which was launched back in 2010, then in 2012 the Doc Corner was created. It started out modest in size and scope, but the whole program expanded continuously, offering more opportunities and gathering an ever-growing number of decision-makers from the documentary scene. This year, Doc Corner becomes Cannes Docs, expressing our desire to deghettoize the craft of documentary filmmaking and its entire community, making sure they are fully embraced by Cannes’ fundamental raison d’être: cinema.

Ultimately, what is your ambition with the Cannes Docs event? How do you see its evolution and future?

I see it continuing to expand qualitatively, little by little, working on refining the content we have to offer to documentary film professionals, and basically trying to be better and better at meeting their needs. Beyond that, Cannes Docs’ substantive challenge will probably be to really make the most of its first and foremost characteristic: taking place at the very core of the world’s number one festival and market dedicated to the art of filmmaking.

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Can you discuss some «highlights» of the 2020 Cannes Docs program?

Cannes Docs offers a mix of exhibitors, workshops, panels, …


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