The best actor award for Charlie.s Country.s David Gulpilil in Certain Regard and a standing ovation for David Michôd's thriller The Rover capped off a memorable Cannes Film Festival and market for Australian cinema.
It was that rare combination of critical acclaim for the Aussie films that screened in the festival and a solid volume of deal-making for films that were sold at the market.
.We had consistent feedback from sales agents and buyers on the calibre of Australian talent and projects, which they are tracking with real interest,. Screen Australia head of marketing Kathleen Drumm tells If.
.Producers reported fewer but quality meetings as momentum around Australia continues to enable good marketplace access. However it remains hard to raise finance without high profile cast, directorial talent, demonstrable marketing hooks, clarity on audience and a budget that matches a project's commerciality.
.Sales for Australian films were solid despite the reported soft marketplace, »
- Don Groves
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