The Hangout Festival, Gulf Shores, Alabama

Honoring international film excellence since 1946, The Cannes International Film Festival — Le Festival International du Film de Cannes — is the annual invitation-only film festival which previews new films of all genres, including documentaries and even VR/AR entries, from around the world. In significant 2019 news, film director from Mexico, Alejandro González Iñárritu, serves as Jury President of the Festival de Cannes, and Lebanese director, Nadine Labaki, serves as President of the Un Certain Regard Jury. Although at first glance Cannes might seem sprawling in all directions, the Festival is organized in various sections. The Official Selection – The main event of the festival – comprises, In Competition, Un Certain Regard, Out of Competition, Special Screenings, Cinéfondation, Short Films, Cannes Classics, and Cinéma de la Plage.

Actor Alain Delon

In advance of the start of each event, the Festival’s board of directors appoints the juries that are given the duties for choosing which films will receive a Cannes award. Jurors are chosen from a wide range of international artists, based on their body of work and respect from their peers. The 2019 Jury of the Festival de Cannes represents men and women, active as actors, directors, producers, from varying regions of the world. This year’s Jury consists of Ciro Guerra, Colombian filmmaker, Amira Casar, French-English actress, Marianne Slot, French-Danish film producer, Djia Mambu, Belgian-Congolese film journalist and critic, Jonas Carpignano, Italian-American filmmaker, Yolande Zauberman, French film director, Jury President, Romane Bohringer, French actress and film director, Éric Caravaca, French actor and film director, Iván Giroud, Cuban film festival director, Ross McElwee, American documentary filmmaker, Virginie Ledoyen, French actress, Jury President, Claire Duguet, French cinematographer and filmmaker, Kee-Yoon Kim, French comedian, Filipe Matzembacher, Brazilian filmmaker, Marcio Reolon, Brazilian filmmaker. The most prestigious award given at Cannes is the Palme d’Or (“Golden Palm”) for the best film. Actor Alain Delon (picture above) is the recipient of the 2019 Honorary Palme d’or.

Aside from the Official Selection, other non-competitive sections will be Caméra d’Or, Tous les Cinémas du Monde, Directors’ Fortnight, International Critics’ Week, and Association for Independent Cinema and its Distribution. Special events and tributes will vary from year to year, but mainstay events are usually masterclasses, Producers Network, Tributes, and Marché du Film. After the Opening Ceremony, the Festival Opening Film is, ‘The Dead Don’t Die,’ from Director Jim Jarmusch.
In 2019, the Marché du Film highlights tools for networking and information, the latest trends in cinema and technological innovations: this industry professionals’ business event runs numerous programs, including: Producers Network, Doc Corner, Industry Workshops and NEXT. There are also new categories for 2019 with Cannes XR and Animation Day.

Cannes 2019 official poster

This year’s TV Festival de Cannes, co-produced by CANAL +, Orange et le Festival de Cannes, will cover the red carpet, the press conferences, the photo calls and interviews as well as a number of important other events. It will be broadcast in both French and English throughout the Palais complex and in several hotels along the Croisette. It is also available on YouTube and Dailymotion, as well as via the official Festival website and mobile app, and on Canal TV’s channel 19, or channel 29 with Orange TV. The poster montage and design of the 72nd Festival de Cannes has been created by Flore Maquin, as well as the 2019 signatures created by Philippe Savoir (Filifox).

The Hangout Music Festival generally opens on the third weekend in May, and this year hits the mark with a May 16 start that begins with the Kickoff Party. Held at the public beaches of Gulf Shores, the main stages are the Hangout Stage and the Chevrolet Stage located on opposite ends of the beach from each other. The kickoff party for Hangout is the day before its official open on May 17. Hangout programs a range of music listening (dancing) music, including rock, indie, hip hop, and electronic dance music. For 2019, a partial listing of bands and performers will include, The Red Clay Strays, Travis Scott, Dreamer Boy, Vampire Weekend, Easy Life, Cardi B, Elley Duhe, The 1975, The Band Camino, Diplo, New Kingston, GRIZ, Dr. Fresch, Jimmy Eat World, Hugel, Ella Mai, Justin Caruso, Bebe Rexha, Black Caviar, Alison Wonderland, The Him, Big Gigantic, Graves, Gorgon City, Medasin, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, CAMELPHAT, Hippie Sabotage, Ravyn Lenae, Mura Masa, Pale Waves, Sofi Tukker, Two Feet, Sir Sly, Bryce Vine, King Princess, SuperOrganism, Lauren Daigle, The Interrupters, and many others to come. The Thursday Kickoff Party is included as an add-on to festival ticket buyers, and is included with VIP and Super VIP ticket holders. Performers at this event will include SNBRN, Big Gigantic, CAMELPHAT, and others.

And beyond the music, Hangout Festivals look to keep their guests occupied in other ways as well. Other activities include, the Go Rving Camp Hangout, Malibu Beach House providing beachside dance parties, Roller Disco skating rink, Monster Energy Beach Club, Yoga sessions on the lawn, Tropical Spa for Hydration IV treatments and hair salon for for braiding, glitter roots, colored sprays or just new styling, Puppy Kissing Booth, Ferris Wheel, a disco themed Psychedelic Bus, Wedding Chapel featuring improv comedian ministers for gags as well as true intent ceremonies, eats at the Hangout Restaurant, Hammock Beach, art installations, the beach cleanup Do The Right Thing Store, and of course, Beach Volleyball. Hangout Music Festival is produced by HOMF, but in 2015, Goldenvoice, the company behind Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival (which was last month), entered into a joint venture to produce Hangout Fest.

In an area nestled in a historical city center, not far from the Kremlin and Red Square, the World Content Market will proceed over three days beginning May 28 as a B2B marketplace for creation, distribution and monetization of TV and digital content in Russia and CIS. CIS is the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) formed when the former Soviet Union (now Russia) dissolved in 1991. Presently, the CIS member states are: Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Ukraine. It will be an opportunity to meet delegates from Russia, CIS and other countries of Europe, Asia, Middle East, USA and Latin America, but it will also facilitate any transactions to sell and buy television and digital content of all genres for all audiences, attend conferences focused on latest industry trends in Russia and CIS, discuss production, coproduction, distribution and content monetization deals. Visitors and attendees can expect to encounter Russian production studios including Central Partnership, Paradise, Star Media, Red Media, All Media Company, Art Pictures, Mars Media Entertainment, Gorky Film Studio, Animation Film Studio SOUZMULTFILM. Aside from the marketplace, a conference program is set, focused on latest industry trends in Russia and CIS.

Within the conference program, attendees can expect a relevant itinerary of topic areas over two days. Media Forum “Russia – UK,” New challenges for content owners, Regional TV and Internet: it’s not only a new broadcasting environment, it’s a new path! Media Forum “Russia – Italy,” New formats for TV advertising and content monetization, Mediascope: Viewing trends in Russia, Eccho Rights Presentation, Pitching – Persian Animation Pavilion, “Beloved, local, yours!” Conference for regional TV Broadcasters, Intellectual property and intangible assets protection and capitalization, TV channels in Ultra HD/4K. Monetization Opportunities, Media Forum “China – Russia,” National Television Syndication conference for regional TV Broadcasters, Russia goes to digital broadcasting. What impact will this have on regional TV Broadcasters?

Planet Sunbeam at the World Content Market 2019 in Moscow

Six national pavilions will be organized on the World Content Market, including, United Kingdom Pavilion, Italian Pavilion, China Pavilion, Iran Pavilion, Taiwan Pavilion, Armenian Pavilion. Represented genre categories will include Animation, Light Entertainment, Children Program, Program for Adult, Documentary/Factual, Sport, Factual/Reality/Game Show, Telenovela, Feature Film, TV Fiction/Drama, Music. Content media categories will include filling needs for TV, Theatrical, DVD/Video, Mobile, Internet, VOD, Interactive and any other audiovisual content. 600+ companies from 40+ countries will participate in the World Content Market – Moscow. The market will unite TV Broadcasters, VOD platforms, distributors from Russia and CIS with international sales companies from all over the globe. Over three days, 1500+ delegates will negotiate deals for content acquisitions, sales, production, and co-production. They will also participate in conferences focused on trends in content business in Russia and CIS.

Opening as a New York City trade show event, Book Expo will be a destination for booksellers, librarians, publishers and tastemakers to attend to uncover the latest titles, authors, distribution channels, technology and trends. BookExpo provides a focused professional environment to discover emerging authors and perhaps the next bestselling titles, engage with publishers and learn from industry leaders and peers. BookExpo is organized with the support of association partners including the Association of American Publishers (AAP), the American Booksellers Association (ABA) and the Association of Authors’ Representatives (AAR). With three days of operation that take it right to the end of the month, special events help shape the format for how Book Expo can be a valuable resource to authors and for the industry as a whole. Education sessions are developed with industry experts and association partners in order to provide visitors with the knowledge and strategies needed to run a successful business in today’s shifting marketplace.

BookExpo continues to evolve to offer more value for BookExpo attendees and exhibitors. New features at BookExpo 2019 include co-location with New York Rights Fair, ABA Editors’ Speed Dating, a stage dedicated to Independent Publishers and the debut of a new “show within a show,” ‘UnBound.’ New to BookExpo 2019, any author submitted for either the Adult Breakfast or Children’s Breakfast will also automatically be considered for the new Happy Hour Signings time slots to showcase high-profile authors in an intimate setting who can connect with a select group of booksellers and media. BookExpo’s Author Stage Conversations and Special Events places authors on stage in front of an audience comprised of booksellers, librarians, industry media, influential tastemakers, and receptive fans. Stage slots at BookExpo and BookCon showcase authors, emerging literary standouts, and entertainers behind the year’s titles.

BookExpo’s annual Buzz sessions are anticipated panels that suggest breakout YA, middle grade, and adult fiction and non-fiction books of the coming year. Novels like The Woman in the Window, The Room, The Maze Runner, Fangirl, and Everything, Everything began as BookExpo Buzz finalists and eventually became bestsellers. BookExpo invites authors to submit their titles through the website. For 2019, BookExpo has selected titles for the prestigious Editors’ Buzz program, which features the top authors and titles expected to resonate with readers in the coming months. There will be three Editors’ Buzz Panels where the books’ editors will present the selected titles. The Buzz Panel presentations, which feature book editors discussing the individual selections, will be supplemented with Meet the Author Buzz panels where the selected authors will discuss their work.

Cine Gear Expo at the Paramount Studios film lot

Cine Gear Expo 2019 is an annual event and destination for professionals engaged in the technology, entertainment and motion picture/stage media industries. The show lasts four days in Hollywood. Cine Gear is more than just an exhibition space for movie making equipment. The Hollywood show opens May 30 with a film competition that showcases student short, indy short, commercial and music video categories. Applying is handled through the Cine Gear website, although submissions for 2019 would be closed at this time. Visitors can also attend advanced film screenings, premiere seminars and presentations from respected industry organizations and stalwarts of the industry. Workshops on the latest techniques will be held through Cine Gear’s Master Class Series that begins June 2. Cine Gear features 300 exhibits, new product and service introductions, 30+ complimentary seminars led by industry leaders, master classes, film competition, awards ceremony, special screenings in state of the art theaters and ample opportunity to network with peers within a studio environment.

Exhibits displaying leading edge film production tools of the trade continue for the three remaining days of the expo, closing out everything on June 2. Exhibitors you can expect to see in attendance include, but are not limited to, AbelCine, ARRI, ASC/American Cinematographer, Atomos, Band Pro Film Digital Inc., British Society of Cinematographers, Canon USA, Inc., Carl Zeiss, Inc., Digital Cinema Society, Film and Digital Times, Fujifilm North America, IATSE Local 728, JVC Professional Video Products, LANY411, Leitz Cine Wetzlar, Los Angeles Post Production Group, NBCUniversal LightBlade, NewFilmmakers LA, Panasonic Cinema, Panavision, ProductionHUB, Sennheiser, Shenzhen Crystal Video Technology Co, Ltd., SOC Society Of Camera Operators, Sony, The Studios at Paramount, Wamco, Warner Bros. Studio Facilities, Wolfram, Inc., XM2 Cinematography, and many others than what could be mentioned here.

The above events are only a sample of what is fully listed. Complete details are on the “Calendar of Global Media and Showbiz Industry Social Networking Events” page. If you like this report and other content found on The Actor’s Checklist, like the Facebook page at this link. In this month’s photo placement (starting at the very top), Hangout Music Fest in Gulf Shores, Alabama, opens the summer outdoor music season the weekend of May 16. Next, actor Alain Delon honored at the Cannes Film Festival, the official poster of the 2019 Cannes fest, group shot at Hangout Music Fest, Planet Sunbeam at the World Content Market in Moscow, Cine Gear Expo at the Paramount Studios film lot in Hollywood. Now into the spring months, the calendar holds steady, especially with more outdoor events and festivals. Coming into June, here are some anticipated industry events to note on the calendar. MIDEM music market is in Cannes, Hamburg International Short Film Festival is in Hamburg, Banff World Media Festival focused on TV content returns to Banff, New Europe Market focused on television is in Dubrovnik, the Drama Desk and Tony Awards are a week apart in New York City, Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival are in Manchester, the CMA Festival will be in downtown Nashville, AR and VR World will be in London, the free to attend Festival de Télévision de Monte-Carlo returns to Monte-Carlo.

Cannes Film Festival, World Content Market, Book Expo 2019, Cine Gear Expo, are calendar highlights in May’s media and showbiz industry events