Cannes 2013: Our Festival Experiences Captured in Vines & 'Grams
by Alex Billington
May 27, 2013
The 2013 Cannes Film Festival just concluded this past weekend, and most critics and attendees have returned home. Capturing the experience of Cannes is hard to do in words alone, as it takes place right on the beach on the French Riviera, mostly inside of a building called the Palais des Festivals. After spending two weeks there taking photos on the Croisette and inside the various theaters, I wanted to share a gallery that provides a better idea of what it's like to be there. I love attending this fest and I love living in France for two weeks, and I capture my experiences best in photos on Instagram and 6-second Vines. Take a look!
I will be sharing photos from my own Instagram @abillington and Vine as Alex Billington, along with my friend Raffi Asdourian (@zaffi) from The Film Stage. We're good friends in New York City, where we both live, and challenge each other taking photos on our iPhones. Here's Cannes 2013 through our lenses:
Click any for link back to original Instagram page. Shown chronologically on the trip from May 12th-26th.
That's all for my own photos. Here are some of the shots that my good friend Raffi took in Cannes this year:
For more Instagram photos, follow Alex @abillington and Raffi @zaffi - we're always posting photos. I also suggest checking out galleries from @ioncinema, @eugonline & @aliciamalone on Instagram, too.
We were both at Sundance when Vine first launched in January, and have adopted it as another format to capture the world in a very unique way. Raffi is a filmmaker with a more visual background, while I am a photographer, so our style is different. I'm featuring a selection of Vines from both of us that really show what it's like to walk inside the theaters, and attend the festival. Looking back now it's making me nostalgic.
This is a good one because Kevin Jagernauth of The Playlist makes a cameo with the mohawk at the end:
This next set comes from my friend Raffi again, who made some fantastic Vines around/related to Cannes:
There are any different venues in Cannes, but the main theaters are: the Grand Théâtre Lumière - the biggest, seating 2,300 people, where all the major premieres take place; the Théâtre Debussy - the second biggest, where Inside Llweyn Davis premiered; the Salle du Soixantième - an extra theater built outside with the bright red seats; plus theaters for the Directors' Fortnight, in the basement of the J.W. Marriott, and Critics' Week at inside the Espace Miramar theatre. Every local cinema is also converted into screening rooms, and there's plenty more hidden around town. Most of the fest takes place inside the Palais building.
Some of the greatest moments during the fest we couldn't capture merely in photos or text, but it was quite a memorable experience. We all did come up with a fun Borgman meme that got spliced with jury president Steven Spielberg - see it on twitter. If anything, I'm hoping all these images from the festival will inspire anyone and everyone to one day attend, to dream big. Filmmakers and cinephiles alike should desire to be in Cannes, it's truly cinema heaven for two weeks, and will only enhance and reinforce your love for film. As I wrote about in my final blog, it's about the people and all the films, and the community and industry that takes over this town in the south of France for two weeks. I hope we were able to capture the feel of Cannes.
This will wrap up our coverage of the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. Blue is the Warmest Color won the Palme d'or this year, and I've posted my final blog and favorite films of the festival as well. We'll be back next year.