Cannes Marche 2015

The Cannes Film Festival’s Marché du Film’s virtual market is expected to kick off on June 22 and run to June 26, earlier than its originally planned end-June dates, Screen has learned from US buyer sources overnight. 

The Marché du Film first announced it was planning a virtual market on March 18 after parent event the Cannes Film Festival was forced to abandon its scheduled May 12-23 dates due to the worsening Covid-19 pandemic in France and internationally.

At that point, the hope was to run the online event alongside the Cannes Film Festival during a tentative new slot of late-June, early-July to cater for professionals unable or unwilling to travel to Cannes due to coronavirus travel restrictions. 

The festival announced on April 14, however, that a late-June, early-July timeframe was no longer viable following the French government’s decision to ban large gatherings until mid-July. The market is reported to have now pushed its dates forward by a week. 

US contacts told Screen overnight that they had been informed the market would begin on June 22. Contacted by Screen, the Marché du Film said it was not in a position to officially confirm these dates but would issue a statement in the coming days. 

In the backdrop, US buyers and sellers told Screen they are gearing up for a period of robust activity around late June. A consortium of independent US, UK and French companies are also expected to announce details of their own virtual market platform in the coming days.