Sell Your Film at
Cannes Film Market
How to get Started
Thank you for choosing American Cinema Films as your Sales and Marketing partner for Cannes Film Market.
Here are the steps you need to follow to get your film to Cannes this year:
NOTE – If you are a producer, filmmaker or group with multiple films that you wish promoted and don’t have time for travel, please inquire for a private booth program.
1) Your film must be complete and available on a Blu-Ray DVD or DCP. We do not recommend promoting partially completed films or films that have not been graded or posted (unless you have a name attached to it).
2) Use the contact form to advise us of your interest and/or phone us. We will advise you if there are places on the waiting list available. Time is of the essence. There is much to do in getting you included, in addition to the things you are responsible for : sales sheets, posters, screeners, promotional items, etc
3) If slots are available, please send a check for $100 to reserve your place on the list. There are 6 places available.
4) We will notify you that your place is reserved. You then have seven (7) days to send a payment for 20% of the remaining $5900 sales fee. That payment will be $1180. In addition, you must pay for all screenings
5) The remaining $4720 is due by March 31.
6) We must have verified payment and your funds must always be protected. Please make your payments by AMERICAN EXPRESS TRAVELERS CHECKS in U.S. Dollars. AMEX Travelers Checks are currently the only guaranteed payment documents available. Bank wires do not protect you and they can be reversed. Even certified checks can be forged. AMEX Travelers Checks are guaranteed and if they are lost or you report them stolen, you receive a refund. Your original travelers checks will be held in a safe deposit box. KEEP YOUR RECEIPTS. They will not be cashed until all payments have been received for the minimum required number of films. If you cannot pay by AMEX, then you will be required to bank wire all funds to our bank. You may use Transferwise.com.
7) Please note that we must have a minimum of 4 films signed in order for this to happen. If we do not receive enough films, this project will be canceled for this year and your travelers checks will be returned. Your only risk is the 1% fee charged by your bank for the travelers checks. Some banks have special accounts where they do not charge a fee for travelers checks.
8) The deadline for payment for films 1 through 4 is 30 March. If we have not received payment for film #4 by 31 March, all payments will be refunded to film owners 1, 2 & 3.
9) Genres that we represent
Slice of life
10) Genres that we do not represent
Pornographic or anything of a sexual nature
Films for or against any political candidate
Anything else we deem inappropriate
11) Deliverables requested from you for Cannes Film Market display (this is in addition to screening):
Pristine, non-watermarked screening copy of your film on Blueray DVD.
Pristine, non-watermarked screening copy of your film on DVD.
Pristine trailer on Blueray DVD.
Pristine trailer on DVD.
Maximum of 500 watermarked screener DVDs, in paper sleeves for handout.
Maximum of 500 8X11 Sales sheets for handout. One side might contain your poster. The opposite side might display your DVD case cover along with a sales pitch, contact details, website and location to download your press kit and publicity still photographs.
Small Posters – 18″ x 24″ (10).
Large Poster – 33″ x 79″ (most impressive) or 36″x48″ (4 of them).
If you need other hand outs or promo items, please inquire.
Your sales and negotiation instructions. You will brief us on your goals and expectations and how you wish us to handle discussions with interested buyers.
Note 1: The screener DVD’s should have your website and contact details printed on the DVD face. They must be in paper sleeves, not plastic containers. They must be watermarked throughout the length of the film to prevent piracy.
Note 2: The less a buyer has to carry, the better. So if you wish to give away a promo item, consider a small key chain or pen with your film’s name and your contact details on it. If the promo item only has your production company info on it, it will be quickly forgotten. You are selling a product, not a company.
Note 3: Your marketing fee includes submission of your film to the Cannes Film Festival. Should you be selected for an award and be unable to attend to receive it, your representative from American Cinema Films will attend in your place.
Note 4: We still recommend that if your budget allows it, please consider at least one small screening at Marché du Film. A small 40 seat theater screening is around $750 (minimum). The extra bonus advertisements that come with the screening can add to your films exposure and your exposure and are worth the cost of the screening. Films screened at the Marché du Film are automatically showcased: in The Guide, in the Pocket Guide with the detailed schedule, in the Daily Screening Programs, in Cannes Market News on Cinando and mobile apps, in international dailies in Cannes such as Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Screen International, Le Film Français, etc. We cannot stress how important it is to be included in these publications.
Marché du Film Screening reservations start being accepted in early February. The early bird rate will last until the end of February, so please advise asap. These fill up fast and all slots are sold prior to the start of the show. Don’t be left out. All costs associated with screenings go directly to Marché du Film. American Cinema Films does not receive commissions from Marché du Film. Start planning this marketing project now.