Was accredited to the Cannes Film Festival this year - my first time. I didn't really have much work to do, it was a courtesy accreditation from Martin Scorcese's World Cinema Foundation.
Cannes combines three events in one. The biggest event is 1) the film market, which brings together buyers and sellers of films (and services like film finance and location support). This is the part most directly comparable across media to the Frankfurt Bookfair. The market attendees don't really have time to actually see films, certainly not in the main programme. Attached to the market is 2) the film festival, which puts the focus on film excellence, includes awards and prizes, and is all about selection and curation. This part of Cannes is of interest to directors and producers, and to film programmers from all over the world who come to see the films in competition and to meet other film programmers, critics and promoters. And 3) Cannes is a film marketing event non-pareil, a chance for stars and celebrities to profile themselves, their new films and their new clothes, to strut on the red carpet and make news as they can (viz Sacha Baron Cohen's walking a camel on the Croisette and Sean Penn's delivering a general scolding re the world's fading support for Haitian reconstruction).
Welcome to the Mauritius Book Fair (now in its 10th year), held out-of-doors on the Port Louis waterfront? Have e-books arrived on this tropical island in the sun? Was any book fair opened by a nation's President with a more mellifluous name than Mrs. Monique Agnes Ohsan Bellepeau? How do you say Red Rackham's Treasure in Créole, and why was Shenaz Patel so keen to translate the adventures of M Tintin? What sort of bookseller leads with that old chestnut Mao Zedong: Man, Not God? All these questions (and many more) were answered during a quick visit to this quirky but wonderful gathering of book people.
Combining brilliant photos by some of Singapore's top and up-and-coming photojournalists, with interactive features, music and videos, this app forms an appealing record of this unique year of elections in Singapore's recent history.