Cannes Film Festival 2013
Cannes Film Festival 2013

Lighthouse at Cannes Film Festival 2013


14 June 2013

Lighthouse sent a special envoy to this year's Cannes Film Festival in the form of Programme Producer Emily Kyriakides and Project Manager Sian Habell-Aili.

Swandown (2013) Andrew Kotting & Ian Sinclair. Poster Anonymous Bosh
Swandown (2013) Andrew Kotting & Ian Sinclair. Poster Anonymous Bosh

Lighthouse sent a special envoy to this year’s Cannes Film Festival in the form of Emily Kyriakides and Sian Habell-Aili. The team were on the Croisette on a multi-purpose mission to meet with potential international partners for Lighthouse’s film programme, as well as promoting the 17 BFI shorts we have in various stages of production.

While there, we had the pleasure of meeting like-minded organisations from across Europe, and even made it to a few (early morning!) screenings. Highlights included a very animated screening and Q&A with previous Lighthouse guest, Andrew Kotting. His wonderful and very British ode to journeys, odysseys, and reflection, Swandown, went down a treat with the largely francophone audience. An unexpected highlight was a front-row view of his recent motorcycle accident scar, when the artist-filmmaker dropped his trousers to bear all!

We were also treated to screenings of Winding-Refn’s Only God Forgives and Alexander Payne’s Nebraska, and were especially thrilled to hear the buzz around British filmmaker and previous Guiding Lights mentor, Clio Barnard, with her outstanding second feature, The Selfish Giant, which debuted at the Director’s Fortnight.

Cannes, with its eccentric mélange of high-end glamour and complete barminess, lived up to all our expectations. We’re very much looking forward to following up with new connections, and building on our exciting programme.


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