The American Pavilion Announces Programming at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival

Posted by Sydney J. Levine

Acclaimed actors, filmmakers, movie executives, and journalists will be among those featured during the upcoming “Industry In Focus” Series and “In Conversation” programming at The American Pavilion at the 2016 Cannes International Film Festival, it was announced by Julie Sisk, Founder and Director of The American Pavilion.

The American Pavilion’s discussions and one-on-one in conversations take place in the Roger Ebert Conference Center and are open to all AmPav members. Programming includes executives from Participant Media and the Casting Society Of America with moderators from The Hollywood Reporter, Variety, and Indiewire among others.

Exciting panels include filmmakers and stars of films Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, LOVING, ONE WEEK AND A DAY, MEAN DREAMS and many more.

Additional diverse topics being covered in the Series include: VR and Storytelling, Women In Film, The Music Of Cannes, The State Of Documentary Film, American Producers In Cannes, Short Film Financing, and Value, Talent, And The International Cast.

Queer Night, which has become the biggest and only gay dance party event tied to the Festival, will take place on Sunday, May 15 beginning at 10:00pm and entry is gratis to all Festival badge holders.

The following is the full programming schedule.

All schedule, panels and guests are subject to changes and additions.




12 NOON-

Industry in Focus: VR and Storytelling

-Micke Hjorth, Chairman Starbreeze (Active VR)

-Tanna Frederick, Director/Actress, (Defrost: A Virtual Experience)

-Ben Conway, VNTANA, Co-Founder (Interactive Hologram Technologies)

-Moderated by Kevin Winston, Digital LA



IN CONVERSATION: Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds

In Conversation with Carrie Fisher and director Fisher Stevens.




A panel of international Casting Society Of America (CSA) members discuss the advantages and challenges of casting across borders.

-Nancy Bishop- CSA, MISSION IMPOSSIBLE IV and soon to be released UNLOCKED

-Roger Charteris- CEO of Artists Partnership. Clients include Emily Blunt, Idris Elba, Willem Dafoe, Anna Friel and Joseph Fiennes.

-Rachel Desmarest- CSA, Founder of The French Brit studios


-Luci Lenox- CSA, VICTORIA, Spanish Casting for soon to be released A MONSTER CALLS, and NBC's EMERALD CITY.

-Laura Munsterhjelm – CEO, Actors in Scandinavia Agency. Clients include Alicia Vikander, Rebecca Ferguson and Fares Fares

-Hosted by CSA (Casting Society of America)

-Moderated by Steven Gaydos, Variety




FILM PANEL: MEAN DREAMS (Director’s Fortnight)

Director Nathan Morlando and cast Bill Paxton (EDGE OF TOMORROW, NIGHTCRAWLER) along with young rising actors Sophie Nélisse (THE BOOK THIEF)

and Josh Wiggins (MAX, HELLION).


4:30PM- 6:30PM-

LGBTQ Emerging Filmmaker Showcase

A special section of The American Pavilion Emerging Fimmaker Showcase line-up, featuring LGBTQ voices and stories.



Queer Night

Open to all festival badge holders.




Film Composers Panel: The Music of Cannes

Some of this year’s Cannes composers discuss scoring their current Cannes projects and their relationships with directors Shirley Abraham, Amid Madheshiya, and Jodi Foster.

-Laura Karpman (four time Emmy-Award winner) co-composer THE CINEMA TRAVELERS

-Nora Kroll-RosenbaumGrammy-winning and Juilliard-trained composer, co-composer THE CINEMA TRAVELERS

-Dominic LewisMONEY MONSTER directed by Jodie Foster

-Moderated by Thomas Mikusz, White Bear PR



Industry in Focus: The State of Documentary Film

-Diane Weyerman – Participant Media

-Cara Mertes – Ford Foundation

-Moderated by Thom Powers, Pure Nonfiction



Industry in Focus: Women in Film – We Do It Together

-Founder Chiara Tilesi

-Board of Directors members: Sandra Lucchesi, Carol Polakoff

-Advisory Board members: Mike Goodrich, and Avy Kaufman

-Moderated by Pam McClintock, The Hollywood Reporter




Film Panel: One Week and A Day

Director Asaph Polonsky and actors Shai Avivi and Tomer Kapon.

Screening in Critic’s Week.



Industry in Focus: American Producers in Cannes

-Lars Knudsen and Jay Van Hoy – AMERICAN HONEY directed by Andrea Arnold

-Peter Saraf – LOVING directed by Jeff Nichols

-Joshua Astrachan and Carter Logan – PATERSON directed by Jim Jarmusch

-Lynette Howell and Shivani Rawat – CAPTAIN FANTASTIC directed by Matt Ross

-Moderated by Keith Simanton, IMDb



Student Filmmaker Showcase

Part of The American Pavilion Emerging Filmmaker Showcase, student filmmakers hail from schools across the United States, including: School of Visual Arts, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Santa Monica City College, Santa Barbara City College, Chapman University, Santa Fe University of Art & Design, University of Alabama, and Sheridan College.



Emerging Filmmaker Showcase

The 19th annual Cannes American Pavilion Emerging Filmmaker Showcase features an impressive lineup of short documentary and narrative films by up-and-coming filmmakers from the U.S. and around the world. More information about the showcase is at:




Student Roundtable with Director Jeff Nichols (LOVING)

Starring Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga, LOVING is screening in Competition for the Palme d'Or.



Industry in Focus: Short Film Financing

-Amy Emmerich - Refinery29’s ShatterBox Anthology

-Charlotte Cook - Field of Vision

- Mike Plante -Sundance Film Festival

-Moderated by Landon Zakheim, Sundance Film Festival




IndieWire Podcast

Join Indiewire's Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson for a live recording of their popular Screen Talk podcast about the latest film and TV news. They'll also touch on the buzz out of Cannes, how the film industry is changing and take audiences questions.



SAGIndie Karaoke Night


About Sydney Levine

Sydney Levine is an executive of longstanding in the international film business. She is a writer of the popular blog on international film business, SydneysBuzz which also has run on Indiewire, IMDbPro and IMDb since 2008 when Amazon acquired her twenty-five year old company FilmFinders. In 1988 Sydney created FilmFinders, the industry’s first database of worldwide features used by distributors, sales agents and festival programmers acquiring features. It became industry standard for organizing and tracking the rights-buying activities of the film business and was adopted by the Cannes Marché and developed into what today is called She and her partner, Peter Belsito continue to provide consulting and strategic planning for producers, national film organizations and other educational initiatives in international film business at Cannes, Toronto, Sundance, Germany's Deutsche Welle Akademie, Talents in Berlin, Sarajevo, and Guadalajara, EICTV the international film school in Los Banos, Cuba, Chapman University, UCLA Extension, Vilnius University, et. al. She organizes, moderates and participates in panel discussions on the international film business, as well as producing white paper research and reports on Sydney works with the markets in Cannes and Berlin in administering buyers’ data for North America, Latin America and Asia and gives tours of the market to newcomers. She opens the Cannes Shorts Corner with a presentation on The International Film Circuit for shorts. She has currently completed a book about Latin American Film Financing published in Spanish by the Guadalajara University Press. The English version on the Iberoamerican Film Business will be published in the fall of 2016.



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