With Cannes beginning on Wednesday, here’s a look at some of the events the Marché du Film (Cannes Film Market) has on deck. Oscar winning Citizenfour director Laura Poitras will lend her expertise to the first-ever Doc Day organized by the Marché alongside JustFilms and the Ford Foundation on May 17. In town with her Directors’ Fortnight entry Risk, Poitras will present excerpts from the film during a section titled Advancing Social Change With Documentary Films. Also taking part on Doc Day is Gianfranco Rosi who won the Venice Golden Lion for Sacro Gra in 2013 and this year took Berlin’s Jury Prize with Fuocoammare. Rosi will deliver the opening keynote. The Marché also hosts the NEXT Conferences for producers which this year include Europa Cinemas’ Capturing the Millenials on May 17 where exhibitors share their views on how innovation can win a new generation for film. Further, a discussion on the possibilities that big data and marketing analytics present to executives across the lifecycle of a film, along with the pitfalls to avoid, will be held May 12. Directors UK on May 14 will present its latest study on gender inequality at Directing the Future of Films and following a recent study which revealed new insights into the true scale of gender inequality facing female helmers. The Marché du Film has more details.
UK film financier The Fyzz Facility has closed a deal with The Tea Shop & Film Company principals Mark Lane and James Harris (Tower Block) to join forces and launch The Fyzz Facility Pictures. The merger unites the British producers who have worked together on three films in the last 18 months including the upcoming shark thriller 47 Meters Down due for release later this year by The Weinstein Co. Lane and Harris will be Directors of The Fyzz Facility Pictures alongside Wayne Marc Godfrey and Robert Jones. Phillip Wealand will also join the new venture working in The Fyzz Facility development team which is headed by Emma Lamont. With a focus on developing existing and new IP, the team plans to produce three to five features and TV productions a year. Founded in 2010, Fyzz Facility has brought more than $85M of investment into over 100 features including Martin Scorsese’s upcoming Silence. It has also developed, financed and produced seven indies including upcoming STX thriller The Foreigner directed by Martin Campbell and starring Jackie Chan and Pierce Brosnan.