Our Observers at the Cannes Film Festival - a young director in search of contacts and a cinema enthusiast on a film-binge - tell us about their experiences. First observation: you don't get very far if you're not part of the posse.
Vincent Dozol, a politics student in the south of France, is at the festival as a tourist with members of his association Bobinophile. In his last post, he told us about his struggle to find tickets to the film projections.
The festival works with a feudal system based on the pass you're given. There are those who have everything and those who are shunned from almost everything. For example, yesterday my friends and I waited half an hour to see The Third Wave. We'd managed to get hold of invitations and we were sure we'd get it. But we were refused. There seem to be two types of invitations - one with a big R which gets you in automatically, and then the ones we've got, which means you can enter if there are any places left. Next to us in the queue was the American actress Faye Dunawaye. She didn't have either invitation, but she had a word with the bouncers and they let her in anyway."
Cedrick Spinassou, 29, hopes to find a producer at the festival to finance his projects. He's promoting his film at the Short Film Corner.
The only way to meet interesting people here is to be introduced by someone. I'm originally an engineer; my parents aren't part of that world. I just want to show what I'm capable of, but I get the feeling that people who know people are favoured over those with talent here. I have met some people though, especially in the evenings, and I hope that will serve me well in the long term."